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Preparing for Careers in Music Therapy at Westminster

Westminster College’s School of Music offers a pre-professional curriculum to prepare students for post-undergraduate studies in Music Therapy.


Music Therapy Requirements

  1. Courses to Take:
    • MUS 121 Music Theory 1
    • MUS 121P Aural Skills Practicum I
    • MUS 122 Music Theory 2
    • MUS 122P Aural Skills Practicum 2
    • MUS 123 Music Theory 3
    • MUS 123P Aural Skills Practicum 3
    • MUS 124 Music Theory 4
    • MUS 124P Aural Skills Practicum 4
    • MUS 141 History of Western Music to 1750
    • MUS 142 History of Western Music from 1750
    • Applied Lessons in Major Instrument (8 semesters)
    • Large Ensemble Credits with VP Designation (4 semesters)
    • Large Ensemble Credits at the 500 level (4 semesters)
    • Senior Capstone Thesis (Music Therapy Topic recommended)
    • Guitar Lessons (may substitute electives if guitar concentrator; 2 semesters)
    • Piano Lessons (may substitute electives if piano concentrator; 2 semesters)
    • Voice Lessons (may substitute electives if voice concentrator; 2 semesters)
    • MUS 271 Basic Conducting
    • MUS 367 Jazz Improvisation or MUS 341: Percussion Lessons (choose 1)
    • PSY 101 Introduction to General Psychology
    • PSY 201 Statistical Methods and Analysis
    • PSY 401 Abnormal Psychology
    • SED 201 Foundations of Special Education
    • BIO 101 Concepts of Biology
    • *Additional recommended music courses:
      MUS 102 Introduction to Ethnomusic;
      MUS 130 Psychology of Music**; more guitar, piano, voice, jazz improvisation, or percussion lessons as schedule allows
    • *Additional recommended psychology courses:
      PSY 225 Lifespan Development
      PSY 291 Adulthood and Aging
      PSY 431 Abmormal Child Development
  2. Skills to develop:
    • Read lead sheets
    • Harmonize with the left hand of the piano while playing melody in the right hand and leading group singing in several different rhythmic styles: e.g., blues, country, pop, sacred
    • Harmonize with right and left hands while strongly carrying a melody with the voice
  3. Ordinarily, Westminster students are required to have attained a cumulative GPA of 3.25.

  4. Pass the Piano Proficiency Exam. Piano Proficiency Examination Levels 1-3 must be completed by the end of the sophomore year, and Levels 4-10 must be completed by the end of the junior year.



What can you do with a Music degree?

Imagine yourself a professional composer, music educator, performer in a symphony orchestra or opera company, college professor, symphony manager, or sales manager for a recording company.