maddiecrossley asked: Hello! Im currently a freshman in college and Im very interested in Music Therapy as a profession. However, the university I attend does not offer a bachelors in Music Therapy. I was considering doing a double bachelor major in either Communication Sciences and Disorders and Music Education, or Music Education and Psychology. What do you recommend?
Part of the reason I love being a music therapist is because there is diversity in possible specializations. The difference between your options seems to be a question of breadth vs. depth. With a communications sciences and disorders major, you’ll be more limited in scope than a general psychology degree. If you’re looking into specializing in Neurologic Music Therapy (more information HERE) this might be a smart move with its emphasis on rehabilitation and other brain disorders.
I have dual degrees in MT and Psychology and have found that my psych degree has given me an invaluable overview of how the mind works. Understanding the big picture and where music therapy fits into cognition, learning, behaviorism, etc. has informed my practice everyday and gives me insight about where my co-professionals are coming from. Ultimately, only you can answer which is a better fit for your future.
PS- If you plan on getting a Master’s or Equivalency degree in music therapy, be sure to see the requirements for these types of programs. Make sure to share this with your Music Education adviser and work him/her to make sure you’ll be prepared for that next step.
Best of luck!
Learning guitar from scratch is tough. It’s harder finding two chord songs to practice with that aren’t childish. Here are some of my favorite two chord songs that work with adult populations:
A Horse with No Name by America (em/Dmaj7)
Singing in the Rain (C/G)
Buffalo Gals (C/G)
Day-O (The Banana Boat Song) (C/G)
Jambalaya by Hank Williams (A/E)
What are other favorite two chord songs that I missed?
The American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) and the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) are excited to announce that, on Tuesday, April 1, 2014, Governor Gary Herbert of Utah signed into law HB 277. This legislation creates a state certification designation for board certified music therapists granted by Utah’s Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing.
Many thanks to the members of the Utah Task Force (Maureen Hearns, Letha Mark, Tiffany Andersson, Emily Bailey, Melou Cline, Emily Horton, and Jaycie Vorhees), to the bill’s sponsor, Representative Rebecca Edwards, to Utah State University’s Director of Government Relations, Neil Abercrombie, and to all the music therapists in Utah for your work, dedication, and advocacy for this legislation. Your commitment to securing state recognition for music therapy will serve to benefit Utah’s citizens by allowing them to more easily access music therapy services provided by qualified practitioners.