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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of  Music
February 8, 2016
Canadian Excellence

Program Goals

The program provides an authentic and ethical learning environment for students to develop their musicianship and psychotherapy skills as well as explore their use of self through reflexive practices. Studies in music-centered psychotherapy enable students to make innovative contributions to music therapy theory, practice and research at local, national and international levels. The program prepares students for clinical, supervisory and/or educational roles.

The Master of Music Therapy aims to develop students' knowledge and skills in the following areas:

  • Aesthetic Music therapy: connections between musicology, aesthetics and music therapy
  • Group Analytic Music Therapy: connections between music therapy, psychotherapy and group therapy theories
  • Musical Transparency: connections between reflexive practices, imagery and musicianship
  • Clinical Improvisation: the practice of musical styles and clinical musicianship in music-centered psychotherapy
  • Clinical Placements: development of psychotherapeutic and musical skills with clients, in relationship with a music therapy supervisor
  • Clinical Supervision: the study of models and theories of music therapy supervision
  • Practice and Theory: critical study of music therapy texts and case studies; “writing as inquiry” through writing scholarly papers (e.g., case study, reflective essay)
  • Reflexive Practices: verbal and arts-based processing, group/individual dynamics and the professional interface with social work
  • Music Therapy Research: the study of qualitative inquiry and acquisition of research skills through conducting an original research study

Educational outcomes for the Master of Music therapy program are that:

  • Students acquire clinical musicianship skills through the creative and expressive use of clinical improvisation
  • Students develop assessment skills and clinical repertoire in order to formulate goals and objectives, implement interventions, and evaluate music therapy process and outcomes
  • Students utilize musical, verbal and non-verbal techniques to facilitate individual and group improvisational music therapy sessions
  • Students learn music-centered psychotherapy practices and theories
  • Students gain knowledge of contemporary methods and theories as well as their own theory of music therapy practice
  • Students expand self-awareness through reflexive and experiential practices
  • Students understand that self-care is ethical practice for the safe and effective use of self as a music therapist
  • Students demonstrate research skills by designing and implementing an original research topic and writing a Major Research Paper (MU609)
  • Students have critical reading skills and a scholarly, creative writing craft
  • Students practice music therapy ethically and professionally with a sensitivity to difference, context and community.

Upon graduation, students are prepared to enter doctoral studies and/or advanced clinical practice in facilities or private practice. With supervision training and clinical experience, graduates can supervise music therapy practica. For more information, contact the Chair, Canadian Association for Music Therapy (CAMT) Professional Supervision Committee,