Music Therapy


Music Therapy students are committed to the therapeutic use of music to address the physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of a diverse range of people.

Music Therapy is an evidence-based, allied health profession in which board certified music therapists use music interventions like singing, playing instruments, and songwriting to address functional goals, improve individuals' abilities, and facilitate mental and physical health and well-being. Individuals of all ages benefit from music therapy services, and a growing body of research supports its effectiveness.

The Music Therapy program at Florida State University has provided comprehensive clinical education and training since 1950. FSU's undergraduate and equivalency music therapy programs prepare students for clinical practice in a wide range of settings, and successful completion of these programs qualifies students to sit for the board certification examination. Our graduate programs provide advanced training in clinical, administrative, and research skills and prepare students to be leaders in clinical work, education, and research. Students at all levels have the opportunity to participate in clinical, research, and scholarly activities. 

Music Therapy studies at FSU include music, music therapy, and related coursework. Clinical training is also an integral part of the program. For more information on specific aspects of the program, click on the links on this page. The Bachelor of Music-Music Therapy degree meets the standards set by the American Music Therapy Association for undergraduate degrees in the discipline. Students completing the degree are recommended by the college to the university for conferral of the degree. Completion of the BM Music Therapy degree prepares students to sit for the national board certification exam, leading to the credential Music Therapist-Board Certified (MT-BC), as administered by the Certification Board for Music Therapists.

Degree Programs

Bachelor of Music Therapy
Master of Music Therapy
Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education
Concentrations available in any music education discipline, including:
  Music Therapy
Music Therapy Equivalency Program
Open to persons holding a bachelor's degree in music but not in music therapy. This equivalency program usually requires approximately one and one-half years of study and permits students to complete required American Music Therapy Association Coursework and a six-month clinical internship
Specialized Studies Programs
  * - For degree-seeking College of Music students only
** - For graduate students only
  College Teaching**
  Music Education and Leadership**
  Special Music Education*


Medical Music Therapy
Little Ones Music Play


Faculty Research
Early Notes Network
music therapy consortium for Childhood Neurodevelopment


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