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Music Therapy
209.946.2418
Faye Spanos Concert Hall
Jessica Siena
Director of Conservatory Admissions
Conservatory of Music
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA 95211
jsiena@pacific.edu

Master of Arts in Music Therapy

Offered in San Francisco or Stockton, California

As one of the pioneering programs in the U.S., the music therapy program at University of the Pacific offers accredited undergraduate and graduate programs that have produced outstanding music therapists. As a student in our program you'll have supportive and collaborative faculty and small class sizes to offer you a high quality learning experience and individualized mentoring. The program prepares students for a career using music-based interventions in a focused and concentrated manner to address health-related, psychological, educational, and other rehabilitative needs. We currently offer two paths to obtaining an MA in Music Therapy:
  • Two-Year Master of Arts, Music Therapy: This 32-unit program is designed for students who hold an undergraduate degree in music therapy, or its equivalent, and are looking for advanced-level clinical or research training to secure a competitive position in today's rapidly growing health care system. 

  • Three-Year Plus Internship Master of Arts, Music Therapy: This 55-unit program is designed for those with a bachelor's degree in music or a field related to music therapy (e.g. psychology, special education, etc.) who seek both entry- and advanced-level training in 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 the American Music Therapy Association

Master of Arts in Music Therapy Admission Requirements

  1. Online application
  2. Bachelor's degree in Music Therapy (2-Year) / Bachelor's degree in Music or a field related to Music Therapy (3-Year)
  3. Personal statement
  4. Resume
  5. Three letters of recommendation
  6. Official transcripts from all colleges attended
  7. GRE scores (Not required for applicants with a GPA of 3.5 or higher)
  8. Musical Skills Assessment (live or video recording):
  • Perform two contrasting pieces on principal instrument/voice.
  • Sing one piece from a traditional or contemporary musical repertoire with self-accompaniment on piano.
  • Sing one piece from a traditional or contemporary musical repertoire with self-accompaniment on guitar.
    (You may use sheet music or a lead sheet.) Examples: You Are My Sunshine, This Land is Your Land, This Little Light of Mine
  • Sing one American folk song from memory a capella. Examples: Oh Susannah, Home on the Range, Aura Lee

Music Therapy Faculty

Feilin Hsiao
Associate Professor of Music Therapy, 2006
MA, New York University
PhD, University of Iowa  


Eric Waldon
Associate Professor of Music Therapy, 2011
BM, Western Michigan University
MA, PhD, University of the Pacific 
Jennifer Geiger, SF campus
BM, Willamette University
MA, University of the Pacific
Karen Moran, SF campus
BM, MA, University of the Pacific
Maya Zebley, SF campus
BM, Songwriting, Berklee College of Music
Equivalency Program, Music Therapy, Cal State University, Northridge
MA, Music Therapy, University of the Pacific