College of Arts & Sciences
Director: Carmen E. Osburn, MA, MT-BC
The Music Therapy program at Mississippi University for Women was established in 2002 as the first program at a public university in Mississippi to educate music therapists. The mission of the The W's Music Therapy Program is to provide holistic and clinically-based music therapy education with an emphasis on individual student exploration and growth. A variety of active classroom experiences and music therapy clinical practica in both the campus and local communities are utilized to meet the needs of the diverse student population.
Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program (American Music Therapy Association) www.musictherapy.org. Music Therapists use music in a therapeutic setting to restore, improve, or maintain mental and physical health. Music Therapists use music interventions to accomplish non-musical goals, so clients need not have any special musical training.
Music Therapists must have the credential MT-BC (Music Therapist-Board Certified) to maintain a clinical practice. This credential means that the music therapist completed an approved bachelor's level degree program in music therapy. A major component of the degree is the completion of at least 1200 clinical training hours, including a clinical internship of at least 900 hours at the conclusion of the university coursework. Upon graduation students are eligible to sit for the National Board Certification Exam administered by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) www.cbmt.org.
University curricula in music therapy includes courses in music theory, music history, music therapy, psychology and general studies. In addition, students must be proficient in their primary instrument, guitar, voice and piano.
Music Therapists work with many different age groups of people who have varying levels of physical and mental health needs. Among the workplaces where music therapists are employed are:
Medical Hospitals Psychiatric Treatment Centers Developmental Centers Pre-School/Head Start Prisons Private Practice Public and Private School Settings Nursing and Rehabilitation Centers Community Music Schools Counseling Centers Music Therapy Agencies Community Service Agencies
In addition, opportunities continue to arise for music therapists with advanced clinical experience and degrees to serve as facility administrators or university instructors. In the United States, music therapy is one of the most quickly growing professions.
This program combines the excellent education and resources offered by the University and a dedication to the value of a liberal arts education to provide an exciting and challenging training program in music therapy. Students experience an intimate learning environment and a strong emphasis in applied learning.
The 124-credit hour curriculum combines a diverse General Studies core with intensive work in music (including Theory, History, Conducting and Performance), Music Therapy, and Psychology, leading to a Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Therapy.
Students in The W's Music Therapy Program receive at least six semesters of supervised clinical practicum with various clients at facilities on campus and throughout the Golden Triangle Area. Students are supervised by a Board-Certified Music Therapist, and engage in music therapy assessment, treatment planning, and documentation along with the actual provision of the music therapy services.
Students begin their music therapy core curriculum, in addition to conducting several observations and volunteer music therapy experiences, as a first-year Freshman or Transfer Student. This allows the students to become immediately involved in their chosen major, and refine many skills needed to become a music therapist.
To prepare students for internship, board certification and the demands of professional music therapy clinical practice, students are required to pass voice, guitar and piano proficiency exams before they may take their senior level music therapy courses and practicum. These exams focus on musical competency skills necessary to music therapy clinical practice with a variety of clients.
Students complete their practicum courses in a variety of settings, some of which have included:
Carmen E. Osburn, MA, MT-BC, Associate Professor of Music and Director of Music Therapy at The W received her undergraduate degree in music therapy from Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, TN and her graduate degree in Creative Arts in Therapy from Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA. Board-certified since 1994, she has provided music therapy services for children and adolescents in school settings and for those with medical, emotional and behavioral problems, as well as drug and alcohol addiction. Her work with adult clients includes geriatric home health services, medical, emotional, psychiatric problems, and drug and alcohol addiction. Before coming to The W in 2005 she was on the faculty at the University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, where she taught music therapy clinical techniques, and supervised students in clinical fieldwork and practica. She also created the first AMTA National Roster Music Therapy Internship in Kentucky at an adult and adolescent psychiatric facility. A frequent presenter at Music Therapy conferences, she represents the Southeastern Region of AMTA (SER-AMTA) on the AMTA Academic Program Approval Committee, and on the AMTA Assembly of Delegates. She serves on the Executive Board of SER-AMTA as 2nd Vice President, editor of the newsletter Quodlibet.
(39-40 Semester Hours)
See General Education Curriculum Requirements
(for course descriptions, see the Undergraduate Bulletin)
MUS 101 - Theory I MUS 102 - Theory II MUS 103 - Theory Lab I MUS 104 - Theory Lab II MUS 105 - Introduction to Music Literature MUS 121 - Major Piano, Voice MUS 122 - Major Piano, Voice MUS 123 - Class Piano MUS 126 - Class Guitar MUS 151 - Introduction to Music Therapy I: Foundations MUS 152 - Introduction To Music Therapy II: Populations MUS 201 - Theory III MUS 202 - Theory IV MUS 203 - Theory Lab III MUS 204 - Theory Lab IV MUS 221 - Major Piano, Voice MUS 222 - Major Piano, Voice MUS 251 - Clinical Skills I MUS 252 - Clinical Skills II MUS 255 - Psychology of Music MUS 256 - Music Therapy Research Methods MUS 301 - History Of Music MUS 302 - History Of Music MUS 303 - Music Therapy Professional Skills MUS 305 - Form and Analysis MUS 309 - Improvisation Techniques I MUS 310 - Improvisation Techniques II MUS 315 - Conducting MUS 321 - Major Piano, Voice MUS 322 - Major Piano, Voice MUS 351 - Music Therapy with Children MUS 352 - Music Therapy with Adults MUS 353 - Clinical Practicum I MUS 354 - Clinical Practicum II MUS 451 - Music Therapy Principles MUS 452 - Music Therapy Practices MUS 453 - Clinical Practicum III MUS 454 - Clinical Practicum IV MUS 460 - Music Therapy Internship
Select Music Ensemble: (4 Semester Hours)
MUS 106 - Jazz Ensemble MUS 108 - Instrumental Ensemble MUS 110 - University Chorus MUS 112 - New Horizon MUS 114 - Chorale MUS 115 - Chamber Singers MUS 116 - Male Ensemble
Secondary Music Sequence: (4 Semester Hours)
Piano majors will take four hours of Secondary Voice or Instrument; all other Music majors take the Group Keyboard Skills sequence.
MUS 107 - Group Keyboard Skills I MUS 109 - Group Keyboard Skills II MUS 207 - Group Keyboard Skills III MUS 209 - Group Keyboard Skills IV
MUS 127 - Secondary Piano, Voice (4 semester hours)
PSY 101 - General Psychology PSY 206 - Human Growth and Development PSY 304 - Abnormal Psychology PHL 307 - Medical Ethics BSB 101 - General Biology I BSB 101L - General Biology I Laboratory BSB 102 - General Biology II BSB 102L - General Biology II Laboratory
In addition to the requirements of the major, and the General Education Curriculum requirements, an additional 6 semester hours of coursework is required to meet the requirments of a Bachelor of Music degree. Suggested course: MUS 242 - Computers in Music
Total Hours Required for a BM in Music Therapy: 124 Semester Hours
MUS 253 - Music Therapy Observation * MUS 455 - Advanced Clinical Practicum **
*Optional and repeatable for a maximum of four (4) credits
**Optional and repeatable for a maximum of six (6) credits
Music Majors with a Concentration in Music Therapy are required to take 12 credits of major applied lessons, 4 credits of Group Keyboard Skills sequence (a piano major will substitute 4 hours of voice or instrument for 4 hours of the Group Keyboard Skills sequence), 2 credits of Class Guitar, and 2 credits of Class Piano. Music Therapy majors who can perform at a level above that of either Class Guitar and/or Class Piano may request a waiver of that class(es). In these cases Music Therapy majors must still use the credits required for Class Piano and/or Class Guitar for secondary lesson credits. Music Therapy majors must have a minimum of four hours of ensemble credit before they can enroll in MUS 460 - Music Therapy Internship.
Students must achieve a grade of C or higher in all Music and Music Therapy classes in order to be eligible for Music Therapy Internship and sit for the board certification exam. Students who fail to achieve a C in a class must register for an independent study in that course during the following semester or retake it in the semester it is next offered. In addition, students will be unable to take the next sequential Music Therapy course. Students will be given only one opportunity to retake any Music Therapy course. If the student is unable to achieve a C grade or higher at that point, the student will be dismissed from the Music Therapy Program.
Department of MusicDr. Julia MortyakovaChair
Poindexter Hall Phone: (662) 241-6399Fax: (662) 329-8562
1100 College Street Columbus, MS 39701phone: 662.329.4750 or 877.462.8439