Program Advisor: Jennifer Lin, Master of Arts in Music Therapy (New York University), Master of Music in Flute Performance (San Francisco Conservatory of Music), Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance (Cleveland Institute of Music), Board Certified (MT-BC), and Accredited (MTA) Music Therapist.
Music therapists use music in a skillful, systematic way to promote positive changes in the mental, physical, emotional or spiritual functioning of individuals and groups. Employment opportunities for music therapists exist in mental health facilities, nursing homes, hospitals, schools, group homes and many other settings. As well, many music therapists develop their own private practices. Music therapists are expected to be accomplished and versatile musicians with a solid grounding in the study of normal and abnormal human development in addition to their music therapy skills.
Above and beyond the skills and techniques of music therapy, students at CMU gain an understanding of spirituality, ethics and counselling, invaluable to a career in any care profession.
The CMU music therapy program is accredited by the Canadian Association for Music Therapy (CAMT). This means that CMU students may apply for CAMT-approved internships, and can apply for national accreditation by the CAMT once they have completed their Bachelor of Music Therapy studies.
Music Therapy Degree Programs
- Bachelor of Music Therapy (Four Year)
- Bachelor of Music Therapy (Two Year after-degree for students who have completed a B.Mus. Degree or equivalent)
Admission into the Music Therapy (Four-Year) Degree Program
Students normally apply for admission into the Bachelor of Music Therapy (Four Year) degree program at the end of their second year of studies in the Bachelor of Music program. Students entering this degree program are expected to have very strong musical skills, as well as be suitable candidates for this profession. In their interview for this degree program, students will be asked about their motivation to enter the music therapy profession as well as their knowledge of and commitment to individuals and groups with special needs and concerns (e.g., through previous volunteer experience, etc.) prior to their entrance into this program. Competency in piano, voice, and guitar are also tested during the interview process. For admission requirements, see the "Music Therapy Program Information" document.
Admission into the Music Therapy (Two-Year) After-Degree Program
Frequently, musicians who have earned a Bachelor of Music degree feel that they would like to pursue the vocation of a Music Therapist, either shortly after completing a BMus degree or after being in a musical profession for some time. CMU offers such individuals the opportunity to study music therapy in a two year after-degree program. Applicants who have previously completed a Bachelor of Music degree and the course Introduction to Psychology (or their equivalents) should find it possible to complete the academic coursework for this program in two years.
Portage Mennonite Church Music Therapy Scholarship
This Scholarship of $2500 has been established by Portage Mennonite Church (Portage la Prairie Manitoba) upon their closure in 201 after 35 years of ministry nurturing faith and building community in the rural town of Portage la Prairie. Their legacy will live on through this scholarship supporting eligible students that are entering or continuing in the music therapy program at CMU as full time students. Students do not need to apply for this award - all students entering the music therapy program will be considered.
A Look at Music Therapy in Manitoba
Information about admission requirements and auditions for the CMU School of Music
Press release about the CAMT accreditation
List of Music courses
Chapel presentation by former CMU Music Therapy professor Jim Wiebe about practice and role
Download the Music Therapy Program Information PDF
View complete program information in the Academic Calendar
Bachelor of Music Therapy Four Year Program: Download the Degree Audit Form
Bachelor of Music Therapy Two Year After-Degree Program: Download the Degree Audit Form
Download the Music Therapy Audition/Interview PDF
The Music Therapy Audition and Interview is held every April. CMU Music students (who have successfully completed all the prerequisites) and non-CMU students (transfer or After-Degree students) are required to send a notification email to the Music Therapy Program Advisor, Jennifer Lin at jlin:@:cmu.ca no later than March 1 about his/her intention to audition for the program. Students will be notified of the specific date and location of the Music Therapy Audition/Interview by the Music Therapy Program Advisor accordingly. Non-CMU students must first gain general admission into CMU and the Music Degree Program before becoming eligible to audition for the Music Therapy program.