Bachelor of Music Therapy

38.750 courses are required for graduation, subject to current restrictions on residency, fractional credit, transfer credit, and course load. Except where noted, individual courses may be counted toward multiple requirements. Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Music Education program in Music Therapy will complete 14.25 courses outside music.

First-Year Seminar in Critical Inquiry (1 course)

Students will complete the First-Year Seminar in Critical Inquiry in their first semester.

Writing Requirement (1-2 courses)

a. Students will demonstrate basic writing proficiency in their first year through placement examination or completion of the College Writing Tutorial.

b. Students will complete a course designated as Writing Intensive (W) in any semester between the completion of the First-Year Seminar and second semester of the junior year.

Studies in Cultural Difference (1 course)

Students will complete a course (C) that examines either a culture outside the United States or the culture of an American minority group (e.g., African American, Asian American, Hispanic or Latino American, Native American). Courses may be taught in English or in a foreign language.

Religious Perspectives (1 course)

Students will complete a course (R) from any department or program that examines the religious dimension of humankind in relation to issues of cultural, social, historical, or ethical significance (R).

Note: A student may not use the same course in fulfillment of both the Studies in Cultural Difference requirement and the Religious Perspectives requirement.

Quantitative Reasoning (1 course)

Students will demonstrate basic quantitative proficiency through completion of a course (Q) that involves a substantial element of quantitative reasoning.

History and Social Sciences (2 courses)

Students will complete two approved courses in Political Science, History, or Economics. [A student may not use these courses in fulfillment of the Studies in Cultural Difference requirement or the Religious Perspectives requirement.]

Psychology (3 courses)

Students will complete Psychology 100, 212, and 299.

Mathematical Sciences (1 course)

Students will complete one course in the Mathematical Sciences.

Natural Sciences (1.25 courses)

Students will complete Biology 116.

Sociology (2 courses)

Students will complete Sociology 100 and one from Sociology 200, 204, or 213. [A student may not use these courses in fulfillment of the Religious Perspectives requirement.]

Education (1 course)

Students will complete Education 200.

Non-Music Electives (1 to 2 courses to complete 14.25 courses outside the major)

Independent Study (.250 course)

Students will complete Music 395 (a six-month, full-time clinical experience in a facility approved by the American Music Therapy Association).

Learning in the Major (22.5 courses)

A. Music Theory — 7 courses

  • 101 (Theory I)
  • 102 (Theory II)
  • 201 (Theory III)
  • 202 (Theory IV)
  • 301 (Theory V)
  • 303 (Conducting)
  • 305 (Orchestration)

B. Music History/Literature — 2 courses

212 (History I) and 213 (History II)

C. Music Therapy — 6 courses

190 (Introduction to Music Therapy) and 191 (Recreational Music Programming and Leadership), each for one-half course credit; 291 (Music Therapy in Psychiatry and Rehabilitation); 292 (Music Therapy with the Developmentally Disabled); 293 (Practicum I in Music Therapy), 294 (Practicum II in Music Therapy), and 295 (Advanced Practicum in Music Therapy), each for 1/4 course credit; 392 (Psychology of Music I) and 393 (Psychology of Music II), each for one-half course credit; and 394 (Program Development and Administration in Music Therapy) and 407-408 (Internship) (one-fourth course credit)

D. Music Technology — .500 course

280 (Introduction to Music Technology)

E. Performance — 7.000 courses as follows:

  1. Group Music — 1 course
    Eight semesters (one-eighth course credit per semester per group) of participation in the following: ensemble, orchestra, band, choir, accompanying, including at least two semesters of participation in Wooster Singers or Wooster Chorus.
  2. Class Instruments and Voice — 2.25courses
    170 (Class Voice), (Percussion), 178 (Functional Guitar), 370 (Vocal Pedagogy), and 372 (Functional Piano)
  3. Applied Music — 3.500 courses
    The remainder is to be taken in performance areas depending upon the pre-college preparation of the student. Keyboard skills must be sufficient to satisfy the Piano Proficiency requirement. Each student is required to give a half recital of 25-30 minutes of music in either the junior or senior year. The recital is to be performed after a successful jury examination covering preparation and competence.

Special Notes:

  1. Required courses outside the major differ from those of the B.A. degree, including: EDUC 20000; PSYC 10000, 21200, and 25000 or SOAN 341; SOCI 10000; see Degree Requirements in the course catalogue for details.
  2. Music Theory 10100 and 10200 require concurrent enrollment in a quarter-credit Class Piano course (MUSC 18100/18200) unless the student places out of this requirement.