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Music Therapy

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Music Therapy Department
Melissa Camp
Student Recruitment & Enrollment Specialist
Conservatory of Music
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA 95211

Record of Excellence

As one of the pioneering programs in the U.S., the music therapy program at the University of the Pacific has maintained accredited undergraduate and graduate programs that have produced outstanding music therapists. Pacific is the only West Coast school offering advanced level training in music therapy through our Master's program.

At Pacific, advanced faculty skills, specializations, and small class sizes support high quality learning, individualized mentoring, and development of student's abilities to enjoy successful and rewarding professional careers. Thanks to a supportive and collaborative faculty and our proximity to community human service agencies and the Health Sciences Clinics, the Pacific environment supports our students in developing the understanding and skills needed to collaborate with other health professionals.

A Unique Career Opportunity

Music Therapy is one of the fastest growing health professions and is considered one of the best careers in today's job market. 
Job growth exceeds the number of new music therapists entering the profession.

Music therapy is an established healthcare and human services profession that uses music to improve quality of life by optimizing health and wellness and addressing the needs of children and adults with disabilities or illnesses.  Highly trained and nationally certified music therapists use music and music interventions in a focused and concentrated manner to bring about healing and change, building on the inherent qualities of music to influence physical, emotional, cognitive, and social responses. 

On October 7, 2014, Associate Professor Dr. Feilin Hsiao was featured on The Academic Minute, a nationally-syndicated radio program from WAMC Northeast Public Radio. Dr. Hsiao spoke about how cochlear implants can bring music to those who previously could not enjoy it. You can listen to her segment below.

Additional information is available from the following organizations:
American Music Therapy Association
The Certification Board for Music Therapists

Program Options 

  • Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy: For first-year college or undergraduate transfer students who are interested in a bachelor's degree and professional certification as a Board-Certified Music Therapist.
  • Equivalency Program: For students with bachelor's degrees in music or related fields who are interested in earning professional certification as a Board-Certified Music Therapist.
  • Equivalency Program Plus Master's Degree: For students with bachelor's degrees in music or related fields who wish to work toward a graduate degree after completing the Certification requirements.
  • Master of Arts in Music Therapy: For Board-Certified Music Therapists seeking career advancement opportunities in private practice, clinical specialization, administration, or research/teaching.

Music Therapy Faculty

Feilin Hsiao
Associate Professor of Music Therapy, 2006
B.A., Chinese Cultural University in Taipei, Taiwan
M.A., New York University
Ph.D., University of Iowa  

Eric Waldon
Assistant Professor of Music Therapy, 2011
B.M., Western Michigan University
M.A., Ph.D., University of the Pacific 

75 Years of Music Therapy at Pacific: A Celebratory Symposium
March 21-22, 2014