Online Courses in Music Therapy
Here are overviews of the most commonly offered online music therapy courses.
A Music Therapy Research and Analysis course discusses quantitative and qualitative research methods utilized in the study of music therapy. Students examine evidence supporting the use of music in therapy and explore scientific concepts that explain its effectiveness and guide its application.
Various theories, philosophies and approaches informing the use of music in therapeutic settings are the focus of the Music Therapy Theory course. Students consider ways for incorporating music into therapy and learn about its physical, cognitive and emotional benefits. Students also examine the scientific basis of the techniques and mechanisms music therapists employ when addressing specific physical, mental, emotional and behavioral issues.
The Diversity in Music Therapy course provides music therapists with a diverse set of tools that can be used to meet the needs of clients who are of various ages, races, ethnicities, sexual orientations and levels of ability. Students are introduced to new forms of music and ways those forms can be used to communicate and express emotions. Applications designed to be all-inclusive and those geared toward specific populations are both discussed.
In the Music Technology course there is an overview of current and emerging technologies employed by music therapists. Students learn how to enhance therapy and individualize treatment through the proper selection and implementation of these technologies. Included is an overview of the use of sequencing and music notation technology, the Music Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) and visual and sound-based stimuli.
The Music Therapy & Military Populations course will help students understand the needs of military populations and the ways in which music therapy can benefit them. Students will learn about research being done in this area, as well as current implementation of such programs.
Students in the Clinical Improvisation course will learn about the development of therapeutic skills on voice and instruments in relation to clinical improvisation. This is generally an advanced course that may require a lab component.
The Music Therapy for Rehabilitation class focuses on the treatment of the elderly, those engaged in substance abuse and those with mental disorders, using music theory. Students will gain an understanding of how developing music therapy skills aids in rehabilitation.
Music therapy courses approved by the American Music Therapy Association can be taken online as part of your degree. Degrees are available at every level, including bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in music therapy. Continuing education opportunities approved by the Certification Board of Music Therapists are also available online for credit and may address specific strategies, issues or populations. Music therapists may work independently or as part of a multidisciplinary team in a hospital, clinic, social service program or other therapeutic setting.
Online music therapy courses are available as a part of undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Topic studied may include music technology, music therapy theory and diversity in music therapy.