Christian students with an interest in music and helping others may find a music therapy program to be a natural fit. Several schools with Christian affiliations across the United States offer music therapy bachelor's degree programs, and we'll take a closer look at some of those options.
The tuition at the private Christian schools discussed below is $25,000 annually or higher. Discover where these colleges are located and which denominations they are affiliated with.
|School Name||Institution Type||Denomination||Location||Undergraduate Tuition (2017-2018)*|
|Indiana Wesleyan University-Marion||4-year, private not-for-profit||Wesleyan||Marion, IN||$25,980|
|Shenandoah University||4-year, private not-for-profit||United Methodist||Winchester, VA||$31,920|
|Queens University of Charlotte||4-year, private not-for-profit||Presbyterian Church (USA)||Charlotte, NC||$33,532|
|Anna Maria College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Roman Catholic||Paxton, MA||$37,130|
|Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Roman Catholic||Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, IN||$29,510|
|Seattle Pacific University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Free Methodist||Seattle, WA||$40,893|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
Christian Music Therapy Programs Summary
One of the biggest parts of attending a Christian college for music therapy is the community service that goes along with it. This provides plenty of opportunity for practice and learning, while helping the community through faith. These colleges also require a lot of hands-on practicums and internships.
Indiana Wesleyan University-Marion
At Indiana Wesleyan University-Marion, spiritual life in encouraged through chapel services, on-campus prayer groups and events, and off-campus service. Accredited by both the National Association of Music and the American Music Therapy Association, the music therapy bachelor's program at Indiana Wesleyan prepares students for a profession in healthcare using music as a treatment. Courses include psychology of music, ear training, theories of counseling, music theory, and principles of music therapy. Students will also complete two semesters of music therapy internships to practice their new knowledge and skills.
Shenandoah University has three programs in music therapy: a bachelor's degree, a master's degree, and a professional certificate. While the professional studies certificate allows students who already have a degree in music or psychology to become board-certified, the bachelor's program prepares students to work with disabled persons in the workplace, while emphasizing a jazz or classical curriculum. Courses include post-tonal theory, abnormal psychology, music literature, health issues for artists, and diatonic harmony. Students will also take 12 credits of an internship. On campus, spiritual life can be found through worship services, retreats, missions, and community service. For music therapist majors, serving in the community is a good way to combine faith and practical experience.
Queens University of Charlotte
Belk Chapel is where students can attend services at Queens University of Charlotte. Several weekend trips, fellowship groups, and activities can be found on campus. Each month, Mana Monday is a chance for students to come together for a home-cooked meal with themed readings and discussions. Music therapy students have the chance to take part in the music therapy clinic. Here, students practice their skills while learning how to interact with real children with special needs in a music therapy session. The BM in Music Therapy program hones students' skills with an instrument while also introducing them to new instruments and unique ways to use them.
Anna Maria College
Anna Maria College boasts that it was the first school to provide a music therapy program in New England. Upon completion of the program, students will be ready to sit for the certification exam to become a Board-Certified Music Therapist. To graduate, students must complete 1,200 hours of internships and practicums on top of courses. Students should have a good repertoire of client types and treatment plans by graduation. Spiritual service opportunities allow students to employ their music therapy skills to help out in the community. Students have the chance to engage in fellowship with college-mates around campus and through spiritual development and these service opportunities.
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College
Prayer, service, and chapel are at the center of education at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. Along with worship, students have Bible study opportunities and the sister/student companion program, where students are paired with a nun to join in activities, have spiritual guidance, and pray. Though traditionally an all-women's college, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods opened its doors to men as well in 2015. Music therapy students are required to be proficient in a number of musical areas; therefore, students must be able to complete proficiency examinations in piano and voice/guitar prior to beginning an internship. Many of the courses required for graduation are available both on campus or online, should you choose a hybrid format.
Seattle Pacific University (SPU)
The music therapy major at Seattle Pacific University has three concentrations to choose from: psychology, special education, and physical therapy and exercise science. In order to graduate, you must complete at least 180 hours of internships and practicums, and pass the proficiency exams in all three areas of guitar, piano, and voice. Those concerned with strengthening their relationship with God while learning will have many opportunities for prayer and worship on campus. Along with chapel, SPU has smaller group ministries and resident hall ministers to help students outside of school hours.