Appalachian’s Master of Music Therapy (MMT) degree is designed to prepare board-certified or board-eligible music therapists for advanced practice in music therapy. In cooperation with the academic advisor, each student selects a specialty area and elective courses that will help meet individual career objectives. Specialty areas include Addictions, Expressive Arts, Gerontology, Health Care, Mental Health, Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities, and the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music. In consultation with the advisor, the student also may design a unique specialty area.
This degree, housed in the Hayes School of Music, is designed to meet the standards established by the American Music Therapy Association and the National Association of Schools of Music for the Master of Music Therapy degree.
Appalachian also offers two additional options:
Music Therapy Equivalency – designed for students who hold undergraduate degrees in fields other than music therapy and who wish to prepare for professional certification as a music therapist. The Equivalency program leads to eligibility to take the national music therapy certification examination administered by the Certification Board for Music Therapists. Equivalency applicants whose bachelor’s degree is outside of music will apply for admission to the Bachelor of Music in music therapy as a transfer student.
Combined Equivalency and Master of Music Therapy – designed for students who hold baccalaureate degrees in music, but not music therapy. Those students may apply for admission to a combined Equivalency and Master of Music Therapy program. In this program, students complete both requirements for eligibility to sit for the examination administered by the Certification Board for Music Therapists and Master's degree requirements. Students in the combined Equivalency/Master's program may take only equivalency courses in the first year of enrollment.
Course titles and information can be found in the Graduate Bulletin.
Required Entrance Exam: GRE (score must be no more than 5 years old)
Required number of references to specify in the online form: 3
Supplemental Information: Resume (Required upload for application submission); submission of Master of Music Therapy Program Questionnaire (upload on the Additional Information page in the on-line application).
Audition: The MMT audition for the board-certified or board-eligible applicant consists of three popular, folk, or standard songs, each sung and played on either piano or guitar by the applicant. The Equivalency/Master's applicant must demonstrate proficiency on his/her principal instrument, basic piano proficiency, and ability to sing with accurate pitch and pleasing voice quality.
Basic Conditions for Consideration of Admission: Meeting or exceeding the conditions below does NOT guarantee admission. All applications for a given entry term will be weighed based upon the number of seats available and the quality of the complete application packages. With special permission from the Graduate School, a program may admit a limited number of students with exceptional circumstances who do not meet the graduate school minimums.
Graduate School: 3.0 GPA in the last earned degree and official scores from the appropriate admission test(s), OR 2.5 GPA in the last earned degree and official scores at the 25th percentile level from the appropriate admission test(s).
Admission to Music Therapy: Both qualitative and quantitative aspects of applications are reviewed in comparison to the current applicant pool.
- Ohio University (after subsequent completion of PhD)
- Caldwell County (NC) Schools, Watauga County (NC) Schools
- Cherry Hospital, Goldsboro, NC
- Rockford Center, Newark, DE (private psychiatric hospital)
- Addiction Recovery Resources, New Orleans, LA
- CarePartners Hospice, Asheville, NC
- J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center, Morganton, NC
- Westminster Village, West Lafayette, IN (retirement community and skilled nursing)
- Appalachian State University
- Kings County Hospital Center (adult psychiatric)
- Mercy Children’s Hospital, Kansas City, MO
- Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, Jacksonville
- Spring: 11/1
- Summer Session 1: 4/1 (3/1)
- Summer Session 2: x
- Fall: 7/1 (3/1)
*See full deadline information below under Application Essentials.
- Opportunity for the board-certified music therapist to specialize and gain advanced competence in a chosen specialty area.
- Training opportunities in the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music and the clinical use of music improvisation.
- Mentored experience in supervision.
- Options for double master’s degrees with MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling or Marriage and Family Therapy.
- Options for certificates in addictions, expressive arts therapy or body-centered therapies.
- Faculty with diverse clinical and research expertise and theoretical orientations.
- All graduate programs at Appalachian have small class sizes, providing intimate classroom interaction.
- The School of Graduate Studies offers scholarships, fellowships and assistantships to support eligible, full-time, degree-seeking students.
Method of Delivery
- Music Therapist
- Creative Arts Therapist
- Creative/Expressive Arts Therapist or Supervisor
- Life Enrichment Coordinator/Specialist
- Bereavement Coordinator
- Activity Therapist
Dr. Cathy McKinney