Western Michigan offers a music therapy equivalency program designed for the student who already has a baccalaureate degree in music (or comparable program) in another major (i.e., not music therapy) and would like to complete course work needed to become a professional music therapist. Under this program, the student only takes the courses required for certification and need not necessarily work towards another baccalaureate degree in music therapy.
A Bachelor of Music degree or other bachelor’s degree with at least 54 semester hours in music.
Three letters of recommendation.
Below is a list of the required coursework in the Undergraduate Certificate: Music Therapy Equivalency. Although a minimum residency of two years is suggested (not including the internship), course requirements may be completed in less time depending on the student’s past college work. Upon admission to the program, each student’s previous undergraduate transcript will be reviewed to determine whether there are appropriate transfer courses which can substitute for any of the required courses below.
In order to satisfy the Certification Board or Music Therapists requirements, additional courses may be required and/or deficiencies removed depending on the candidate’s prior credentials. To be eligible for external certification by the Certification Board for Music Therapists, the equivalency student must have successfully completed 22 semester hours in music therapy, 18 hours in behavioral/natural sciences, 54 semester hours in music, and 30 semester hours in general education electives when all transcripts are considered.