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Music Therapy Major

Students participating in music and movement activities

Mission of the Music Therapy Program

The mission statement of Belmont University’s Music Therapy Program is:

to provide a challenging education for the development of competent, comprehensive, and compassionate music therapists.

Given this statement, Belmont’s program achieves competency in the field of Music Therapy through diverse, high quality academic experiences and clinical training.  Belmont’s program develops comprehensiveness through a grounding in cognitive behavioral orientation, while at the same time introducing students to a variety of theoretical approaches within the field.  Belmont’s program develops compassion through living out its institutional mission of learning and service in the field of Music Therapy. 

Why Study Music Therapy at Belmont?

It is the intent of the university to possess a unique Music Therapy program, clearly influenced by the resources of its location in Nashville and in Belmont’s large and stylistically diverse School of Music.  Nashville is rich in both musical and health care resources, providing significant strengths and breadth for the study of Music Therapy at Belmont.  The university collaborates fully with a variety of health care institutions in Nashville including Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, TriStar Centennial Parthenon Pavilion, Metro Nashville Public Schools, Morningside at Belmont, and the Edgehill Public Library to maximize options for the study of Music Therapy. Belmont has also designed a curriculum in which the training of music therapists includes undergraduate experience in a diverse set of musical styles and so allows music therapists to enter the profession with both classical and commercial musical skills.

Layout of the Degree

Belmont’s Bachelor of Music degree with a Major in Music Therapy includes eight semesters of coursework plus a six-month internship. Following the successful completion of all required coursework and the internship, the student is eligible to sit for the certification exam administered by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT). Upon successful completion of the three hour examination, the student will be awarded the credential of Music Therapist-Board Certified (MT-BC) and will be ready to be employed as a music therapist.


Degree Requirements

Music Therapy - Instruments

Music Therapy - Keyboard

Music Therapy - Voice


Career Paths

  • Board Certified Music Therapists work in a variety of settings including:
  • Medical Hospitals
  • Psychiatric Facilities
  • Physical Rehabilitation Centers
  • Nursing Homes
  • Public and Private Schools
  • Centers for Individuals with Special Needs
  • Hospice/Palliative Care

Course Samples

  • Clinical Techniques in Music Therapy
  • Behavior Modification
  • Music Therapy Foundations and Principles
  • Commercial Vocal Styles
  • Evolution of the Popular Song
  • Introduction to Orff Pedagogy

Current Practicum Sites

  • Blakeford Senior Lifestyle Solutions
  • Brookdale Senior Living
  • Gigi’s Playhouse
  • Gilda’s Club
  • JourneyPure at The River
  • Metro Nashville Public Schools
  • Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt
  • Morningside at Belmont
  • Rising Star Choir at Belmont
  • The Children’s Hospital at TriStar Centennial
  • TriStar Centennial Parthenon Pavilion
  • Vanderbilt Behavioral Health

Post Baccalaureate Equivalency

Belmont University offers a Post Baccalaureate Equivalency program designed for students who have undergraduate degrees in music (regardless of it being in performance, education, composition, etc.). As an equivalency student, you will take music therapy specific coursework, courses in health, behavioral science, biology, and anatomy and physiology. You will also complete clinical practicum rotations during your time at Belmont as well as a 6 month internship at the culmination of your academic studies. The entire program takes students about two years to complete.

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To learn more about the profession of music therapy, please visit:

American Music Therapy Association: https://www.musictherapy.org/

The Certification Board for Music Therapists: http://www.cbmt.org/


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