Degree Requirements for Master of Science in Music
MusicTherapy.02Radford University offers a Master of Science Degree concentration in Music Therapy with a choice of two options.
Both options prepare the student for advanced practice in the profession as well as further advanced study. The degree program includes a required core of studies in performance, history and theory. 
 
The Clinical Option includes Level I training in the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (BMGIM), along with
course work focused on the development of verbal counseling skills and techniques. The course work is consistent
with state requirements for licensure as a professional counselor in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  
 
 

The Research Option requires the completion of a thesis with the areas of research open to the student's particular interests.

(Clinical Option) 42 credits

Bibliography and Research. (3) 
Music History Period Course. (3) 
Form and Analysis. (3) or Analytical Techniques. (3)

Advanced Methods & Materials in Music Therapy. (3) 
Practicum in Music Therapy. (4) 
Special Applications in Music Therapy I. (3) 
Special Applications in Music Therapy II. (3) 
Music Therapy Project. (4)

Supporting Music Course - 1 credit 
Behavioral Science Elective to be determined in consultation between student and adviser - 3 credits 
 
Supporting Counselor Education Courses - 12 credits

COED 610 Individual Differences in Human Development. (3) 
COED 611 Introduction to the Counseling Theories and Techniques. (3) 
COED 612 Professional Issues in Counseling. (3) 
COED 614 Group Counseling Theories and Procedures. (3)

(Research Option) - 33 credits 
 
Bibliography and Research. (3) 
Music History Period Course. (3)

Form and Analysis (3) or Analytical Techniques (3)

Educational Research. (3) 
Advanced Methods & Materials in Music Therapy. (3) 
Practicum in Music Therapy. (2) 
Seminar in Music Therapy. (6) 
Research and Thesis. (6)

Supporting Music Course - 1 credit 
Behavioral Science Elective to be determined in consultation between student and adviser - 3 credits

Admission Requirements

Minimum overall grade point average required is 2.7. Minimum major grade point average required is 2.7. All graduate students in Music must take written diagnostic exams in Music History and Theory before the end of the registration period of their first semester of study and prior to admission to regular graduate status. Two letters of reference are to be submitted from professional sources (i.e., former professor/mentor, private teacher, etc.). All students pursuing a master's degree in music must have, at the undergraduate level, music courses equivalent to those required in an appropriate undergraduate degree program at Radford University. All students entering the M.A.(Music) program (which requires at least two hours of graduate level applied study) must also present an entrance audition in their applied performance area for placement purposes. Students entering the M.S. in Music Therapy without a bachelor's degree from an NASM member institution must also present an entrance audition in their undergraduate major and minor performing areas for diagnostic purposes. All students applying for admission to a graduate music program are required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Praxis II music content examination.

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