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Becoming a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.

Within the philosophy of “music-centered psychotherapy,” our Master of Music Therapy program provides a creative learning environment for you to develop your clinical musicianship and psychotherapy skills as well as the safe and effective use of self through reflexive practices and clinical work.

Qualified and experienced music therapists supervise all placements. Audio, video and editing facilities at Laurier enable you to conduct music therapy assessments and analyze clinical improvisation-psychotherapeutic processes.

This program develops your knowledge and skills in the following areas:

  • Aesthetic music therapy: musicology, aesthetics, clinical listening.
  • Group analytic music therapy: group analysis, group psychotherapy theories.
  • Musical transparency: existential psychotherapy, imagery and holistic musicianship.
  • Clinical improvisation: clinical musicianship, diverse musical styles and genres.
  • Clinical placements: clinical experience in facility and community settings.
  • Clinical supervision: models and theories of verbal and musical supervision.
  • Practice and theory: creative scholarship, interdisciplinary theories.
  • Reflexive practices: musical, verbal and artistic processes.
  • Music therapy research: qualitative inquiry, clinical research, arts-based research.
  • Ethics and professional practice: professionalism, code of ethics, cultural awareness of difference, context and community.

The program prepares you for clinical, supervisory and educational roles. Upon graduation, you are prepared to enter doctoral studies or practice as music therapists. You also apply to be a qualifying member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario.

In addition to successfully completing the academic courses, you must be assessed as capable of assuming the professional, ethical and clinical responsibilities to work with clients at a practicum site. Any students not meeting these requirements may be required by the dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies to withdraw from the program.


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