Music Therapy is the application of music for rehabilitation of brain function and development and maintenance of mental and physical health. The qualified music therapist creates therapeutic music exercises to facilitate functional non-musical outcomes, training and retraining abilities in cognition, speech and language, motor control, academic performance, emotional growth, and social skills. There is strong scientific evidence that music is a powerful tool in therapy, engaging and changing the brain, and promoting behavioral learning and change.
As the founding institution of the Neurologic Music Therapy model, Colorado State University is a leader in clinical education, research and scholarship in music therapy. With an outstanding music program and an academic focus on evidence-based practice, students leave Colorado State with the tools necessary to be an integral member of a treatment team or pursue a career in private practice. Students also have the opportunity to be involved in research at the Center for Biomedical Research in Music, an international leader in music and neuroscience research. The Center also hosts the Unkefer Academy for Neurologic Music Therapy, which maintains an international training program for professional continuing education.
In addition to the clinical core, music therapy majors take a wide variety of courses in music theory, music history, music performance, and coursework emphasizing the research aspects of music therapy. In addition, the program requires courses in psychology, neuroscience, and medical terminology. A total of 120 credits are required for the degree. Successful completion of all curricular requirements, plus a six month clinical internship, qualifies a graduate to sit for the National Board Certification Examination.