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2006 Master of Music Therapy(F7H)

Responsible faculty or institute:
Arts (principal)
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Course Duration: Minimum 2 yrs, Maximum 6 yrs.
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The Master of Music Therapy provides a quality tertiary qualification in music therapy. The educational objectives of this degree allow for students to enter the music therapy workforce and engage in the expanding variety of care-giving situations in which music therapy finds a natural place, such as mental health care, palliative care, rehabilitative care and aged care.

Admission & Prerequisites

Normal university entrance requirements apply.

Intending students will comply with the following:


  • Applicants must have a Bachelor of Music or Bachelor of Education degree of at least three years duration from a recognised, accredited tertiary institution. Music courses must have provided in-depth training in instrumental (performance) studies, music history, musicianship skills and music theory.
  • Applicants with a qualification in an associated field such as teaching, occupational therapy, nursing and others must have achieved a standard of instrumental/vocal performance equivalent to 8th grade Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB), music history equivalent to three semesters of university study and music theory equivalent to at least 5th grade AMEB.
  • Applicants must be proficient on the guitar including the ability to play first position chords, bass patterns and runs, barre chords, accompaniment styles including strumming and picking and improvisation techniques.
  • Applicants must have completed at least one year of tertiary study in Psychology. In cases where applicants have not met this requirement, Psychology study (KHA101 and KHA102) may be taken in addition to the Master of Music Therapy schedule of units at an additional cost.
  • Applicants are encouraged to have engaged in some type of community work prior to enrolment. Appropriate types of experience are, for example:
    • Class room music teaching to any age group
    • Leadership of music recreation groups
    • Any other group leadership where music participation was the core activity undertaken by the group
All applicants are required to undertake an admission written test and interview.

The Admission written test will act to inform the audition/interview panel of the applicant's level of musical theoretical and history knowledge as well as aural and general writing abilities prior to the commencement of tertiary study.

Performance Audition: the candidate should prepare three short contrasting pieces to show their skill in the area of solo performance, including a demonstration of appropriate skills in improvisation and on guitar as set out in 12 above.

All applicants will provide three letters of reference: a character reference, an academic reference and one reference in support of the applicant's musical ability. Through Interview, the panel will be able to investigate the thoroughness of the applicant's musical background and career aspirations as well as a knowledge and appreciation of the goals and purposes of clinical music therapy practice.

After the interview process is complete, an interview report and an assessment grade will place candidates as either suitable or unsuitable for entrance into this degree. All successful candidates will then be processed through the normal university admissions system.

Articulation to/from Course

Bachelor of Music
Bachelor of Education
Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music
Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Teaching
Graduate Certificate of Music Studies
Graduate Diploma of Music Studies

Professional Recognition

Graduates may apply for registration from the Australian Music Therapy Association (RMT).

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