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Equivalency Program

This program is for individuals who have a bachelor's degree in music or related fields (e.g., psychology, special education, etc.).  The Certification Program focuses on the completion of all music therapy courses, competencies, and the clinical internship, the prerequisites required by the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) in order to sit for the Music Therapy Board Certification Examination.  Passing the Board Certification Examination certifies individuals to begin the professional practice of Music Therapy.

This popular and flexible learning option starts with strong basic musicianship and adds specific knowledge and skills to meet the requirements of the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) and AMTA.  The student and faculty mentor design an individualized plan to complete requirements in a cost-effective and timely manner, expediting entry into the music therapy job market.  Our diverse learning community supports the mature individual seeking to enter the music therapy profession.  In addition, prior college coursework may satisfy some of the certification program requirements.  Length of time to complete the program varies among individuals.

Application Procedure

  • Audition
    • Prepare two contrasting pieces on your principal musical instrument. 
    • Sing two pieces from traditional or contemporary musical styles and accompany yourself with piano and/or guitar.  You may use sheet music or a lead sheet. 
    • Sing an American folk song from memory unaccompanied.
    • Please contact Dr. Feilin Hsiao, Program Director, to schedule an audition.  If you are unable to arrange for a campus audition/assessment, you will be expected to video tape your audition. 
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