- Ella Scoble Opperman and Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor
- Director of Music Therapy
Building careers using music in service to and rehabilitation of others.
Our graduates seeking a position at all levels, whether clinical or faculty, have enjoyed a 100% placement rate. FSU music therapists are in prestigious positions in medicine, mental health, special education, hospice, and older adult services throughout the U.S.
The MT program is competency based and sequenced across courses for greater complexity in skill development. The MT program prepares one for the National Certification Test, the professional designation MT-BC, and a professional career using music in service to and rehabilitation of others. Multiple opportunities in all areas of MT exist in the Tallahassee community for students to work with FSU alumni in observing and learning clinical skills.
Music therapy students study with faculty known for their research productivity and development of innovative clinical programs. MT students interact with and learn from experienced graduate student clinicians acquiring sophisticated teaching, counseling, and psychological therapeutic skills.
FSU offers the unique combination of a large comprehensive classical music program with caring personal contact between faculty and students; with rich opportunities for multicultural music experiences and ensembles, jazz, and popular music repertoire development; with vast resources in related coursework in psychology, sociology, and gerontology, and large numbers of clinical MT programs thriving in the community who share a passion for training MT students. Our faculty are full-time residential teacher, clinicians, and scholars who have vast experience in education and building relationships in the international music therapy sphere. Our students join an amazing family that will support you for your entire career and beyond.
For more information about the Music Therapy program, contact Jayne Standley.
Students with a bachelor’s degree in music may be admitted to the equivalency/graduate program completing undergraduate MT courses required for professional practice in the field then a 6 month internship. At completion of the internship, these students sit for the National Certification test to become MT-BCs (Music Therapist-Board Certified), the professional designation in the field. While doing equivalency work, these students are also enrolled in graduate MT courses. After returning from internship, they complete the graduate credit for the Master’s Degree in Therapy.
Program of Study – Non-Thesis Track