B.M. in Music Therapy
What will I study as a music therapy major?
Your degree is composed of training in multiple disciplines, including music, Bible and theology, psychology and clinical music therapy. You’ll cover topics such as:
- Music therapy theoretical orientations
- Techniques and best practices of music therapy
- Practical application of classroom learning in the real world
- Psychology of music (offered in partnership with Rosemead School of Psychology)
- Music therapy research
- Music theory, history and performance
Bible and Theology Coursework
As part of Biola’s commitment to a biblically centered education, most undergraduate students complete 30 credits of biblical and theological studies as a part of their degree program. Learn more about our Bible and theology core.
Career Outlook and Preparation
What can you do with a Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy?
You’ll be empowered to promote rehabilitation, enhance memory and improve communication as a music therapist within a wide range of settings, including:
- Mental health centers
- Correctional facilities
- Hospice care
- Medical and psychiatric hospitals
- Oncology treatment centers
- Private practice
- Pain/stress management clinics
- Senior centers and nursing homes
- Substance abuse programs
- Wellness programs
- Day programs
- Specialized classrooms for students with special needs
4% job growth
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for recreational therapists is projected to be as fast as average between 2021 and 2031.
BLS projections are not specific to Biola University students or graduates.
Even though I did not enter into the field of music therapy until after my years at Biola, the knowledge I gained was immensely important. I received a high-quality music education, which allowed me to enter into the field of music therapy with confidence and ease. Now, I get an opportunity to serve marginalized individuals with music every day. I am able to walk alongside people, using music to decrease their anxiety, help them express their emotions, or simply give them a voice to be heard.
Performance (Cello), B.M. ‘13
Program-Specific Admissions Requirements
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Tuition and Financial Aid
Attaining a music therapy degree from Biola is more affordable than you might think — dramatically lower than the “sticker price” in most cases — with 100% of incoming undergraduate students receiving some form of financial aid.
Associate Professor, Music Therapy
- Ph.D. Individual Interdisciplinary Program, Music Therapy Pedagogy and Supervision, Ohio University
- M.A. Creative Arts Therapies, Music Therapy, Concordia University
- B.M. Music Therapy & Violin Performance, University of the Pacific
Where can I go to get more information about music therapy and job opportunities in the field?
It is difficult to find literature in general bookstores and even many libraries are deficient in this area. I recommend going to www.barcelonapublishers.com to find resourceful books on the field of music therapy. The Journal of Music Therapy may be available at your library, or contact the American Music Therapy Association at (301) 589-3300 or on the web at www.musictherapy.org.
What are some of the personal qualifications of a music therapist?
A music therapist must possess the following traits: a) strong musical talents and abilities, b) balanced emotional and social attributes, c) a commitment to assisting people toward healthier adjustments to life, and d) a dedication to the study of music and its functional adaptations for influencing the human condition based on scientific research in music psychology and clinical practice. Becoming proficient on functional guitar, piano and ukulele are required, as well as being able to sing in tune.