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Music Therapy (BMT)


Music Therapy develops clients? potential abilities and enhances their quality of life. Music Therapists work with all age groups and diverse client populations, including those with physical, intellectual and learning challenges, autism, and sensory processing disorders. They work in health care facilities, hospitals, schools, community settings and private practices.

Because music therapists communicate with clients through music, they must have excellent musicianship and musical sensitivity. Nearly half of the required courses are in music, and include instrumental or vocal study, musical skills and ensemble work. Our program also features courses in clinical improvisation, case studies, therapeutic theories, and two years of group and one-on-one clinical placements on campus and in the community. You will also take courses in developmental, abnormal, clinical and social psychology.

You can apply to the Bachelor of Music Therapy program at the end of your second year in Laurier?s Bachelor of Music (BMus) program. Admission is based on overall achievement in university-level music and psychology courses, an audition and interview.

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Program Highlights

  • We offer the only Bachelor of Music Therapy program in Ontario.
  • A crucial component of our program is supervised clinical training, which is offered at our on-campus music therapy clinic ? the only university-based clinic in Canada.
  • The Music Therapy Students Association supports the academic, career and personal needs of our Music Therapy students. Its mandate is to unite prospective students, current students and alumni, while promoting the music therapy profession in the larger community.
  • Check out options to enhance your degree.

Sample Courses

  • Clinical Improvisation
  • Experiential Music Therapy
  • Music Therapy Theory and Research
  • Psychology of Music


  • Apply after completing 2 years of our Bachelor of Music (BMus) program.
  • Academic assessment (including B.Mus. and psychology course averages).
  • Audition on primary instrument.
  • Interview with a music therapy faculty member.


Music therapist job settings include:

  • Hospitals
  • Day treatment programs
  • Community programs
  • Correctional centres
  • Long-term care centres
  • Substance abuse and addictions centres
  • Schools
  • Hospices
  • Private practice

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