Bachelor of Music (B.M.) 4.5-Year Degree Plan for Music Therapy


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Effective October 2021

Bachelor of Music (B.M.) Degree Plan

First Year - Fall Semester (15-16 credits)

CreditsCourse
3MEMT 150 Intro to Music Therapy (Fall only)1
1

MEMT 117 Performance Methods Voice (non-VOIC emphasis)

OR

MEMT 120 Vocal Performance in English (VOIC emphasis)

(Fall only)

1MEMT 115 Performance Methods Percussion
3MTHC 105 Theory I (Fall only)
1MTHC 106 Aural Skills I (Fall only)
0REC 100 Lab in Performance
2121 Studio Lessons
1Ensemble (BAND/CHOR/ORCH)
1PIAN 144 Elementary Keyboard Skills I (if needed, 1 credit hour, remedial) (Fall only)2
3ENGL 101 Composition

First Year - Spring Semester (16 credits)

CreditsCourse
2MEMT 196 Group Leadership Skills in Music Therapy (Spring only)1
2MEMT 250 Human Musical Learning & Development (Spring only)
1MEMT 199 Performance Methods Guitar
3MTHC 115 Theory II (Spring only)
1MTHC 116 Aural Skills II (Spring only)
0REC 100 Lab in Music Performance
2121 Studio Lessons
1Ensemble (BAND/CHOR/ORCH)
1PIAN 148 Elementary Keyboard Skills II (Spring only)2
3ENGL 102 Critical Reading & Writing (or other approved options: ENGL 105, 203, 205, 209, 210, 211)

Second Year - Fall Semester (16 credits)

CreditsCourse
3MEMT 251 Clinical Techniques for Children (Fall only)1, 3
1MEMT 246 Fundamentals of Conducting (Fall only)
4MTHC 205 Theory III (Fall only)
2221 Studio Lessons
1Ensemble (BAND/CHOR/ORCH)
2

PIAN 284 Intermediate Keyboard Skills I (Fall only)2

OR

*PIAN 310 Advanced Keyboard Skills (Fall only) (Performance majors, piano or organ)2

3PSYC 104 General Psychology

Second Year - Spring Semester (15 credits)

CreditsCourse
3MEMT 296 Clinical Techniques for Adults (Spring only)1, 3
4MTHC 315 Theory IV (Spring only)
2221 Studio Lessons
1Ensemble (BAND/CHOR/ORCH)
2PIAN 288 Intermediate Keyboard Skills II (Spring only)2
3MATH 101 Algebra (or higher)

Third Year - Fall Semester (16 credits)

CreditsCourse
1MEMT 396 Clinical Practicum
3MEMT 463 Influence of Music on Behavior I (Fall only)
2321 Studio Lessons
1Ensemble (BAND/CHOR/ORCH)
3MUSC 320 Music History I (Fall only)5
3BIOL 100 Principles of Biology
1BIOL 102 Principles of Biology Lab
2Music Elective (4 hours total) (any SOM course, discuss options with advisor, 300+ level to meet Junior/Senior graduation requirement)

Third Year - Spring Semester (14 credits)

CreditsCourse
1MEMT 338 Rehearsal/Conducting Clinic Nontraditional Ensemble (Spring only)
1MEMT 396 Clinical Practicum6
3MEMT 464 Music in Therapy (Spring only)
2321 Studio Lessons
1Ensemble (BAND/CHOR/ORCH)
3

COMS 130 Speaker-Audience Communication

OR

THR 120 Public Speaking as Performance

3Behavioral Science Elective (6 hours total as directed by advisor, 1 of these electives must be Social Awareness for Service Learning Certification)

Fourth Year - Fall Semester (15 credits)

CreditsCourse
2MEMT 396 Clinical Practicum
3MEMT 455 Psychology of Music (Fall only)
1MEMT 586 Seminar in Music Therapy Professional Development I (Fall only)8, 9
3MUSC 440 Music History III (Fall only)5
2422 Applied Lessons with Senior Recital
1Ensemble (BAND/CHOR/ORCH)
3PSYC 350 Abnormal Psychology

Fourth Year - Spring Semester (14 credits)

CreditsCourse
2MEMT 396 Clinical Practicum8
1MEMT 587 Seminar in Music Therapy Professional Development II (Spring only)
3MUSC 480 Music History IV (Spring only)5
3BIOL 240 Fundamentals of Human Anatomy
3Behavioral Science Elective (6 hours total as directed by advisor, 1 of these electives must be Social Awareness for Service Learning Certification)
2Music Elective (4 hours total) (any SOM course, discuss options with advisor, 300+ level to meet Junior/Senior graduation requirement)

Final Internship Semester (2 credits)

CreditsCourse
2MEMT 596 Clinical Internship
  1. Students must successfully complete Pre-Clinical Musicianship Assessment Parts A and B before entering the Clinical Techniques Courses. These assessments are components of the Final Examinations for MEMT 150 and 196 respectively.
  2. Students with no prior piano experience should take the keyboard skills sequence (PIAN 144-288). Demonstration of skills is needed to pass/test out of PIAN 144-288. Students whose major performance medium is piano or organ should take PIAN 310 after completing two semesters of music theory (This course is only taken once in the fall term of the sophomore year).
  3. Students must successfully complete the Clinical Musicianship Assessment before entering Clinical Practicum. This assessment is addressed across MEMT 251 and 296.
  4. Students should apply for admission to the Professional Sequence as early as possible, and must achieve admission before beginning the first semester of junior year. See the application for admission to the undergraduate Music Therapy Professional Sequence for requirements.
  5. Music Theory I & II should be taken prior to Music History I or higher.
  6. Students must successfully complete the Clinical Practicum Musicianship Assessment before entering their second MEMT 396 Clinical Practicum.
  7. Approximately 1 year prior to their expected internship date students must request a graduation check from Rita Riley in the School of Music Student Services Office (Murphy Hall 450). Graduation checks before that time should occur with the student's MEMT advisor.
  8. Students must successfully complete the Internship Pre-Assessment as part of MEMT 586 and before entering their final MEMT 396 Clinical Practicum.
  9. Students must apply for their internship 1 year in advance of completion of academic work. Check the Music Therapy undergraduate handbook on this procedure. Students must complete the Internship Eligibility Application during MEMT 586. Students must complete and submit the Music Therapy Internship Data form to Alex Schneider (alexschn@ku.edu) in the School of Music Student Services Office (Murphy Hall 450) upon acceptance to an internship.
  10. All MEMT professional courses as noted on the undergraduate Music Therapy degree requirement check sheet must be completed with a C or better prior to beginning internship. Prior to leaving for internship students must:
  • Review their degree requirement check sheet to see that they have met all of the graduation requirements for the MEMT office.
  • Submit their application for graduation online through Enroll & Pay.
  • Successfully complete their major applied instrument (422 Applied Lessons) including the senior half-recital.