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Music Therapy Major Map

Campus: West Virginia University / Morgantown
College/School: College of Creative Arts
Pathways: Visual and Performing Arts, Healthcare

Music therapists use a variety of instruments and musical experiences to help babies, children, adolescents, adults and older adults work toward non-music goals related to education, health, rehabilitation and wellness needs.

Academics

Fall
  • Ensemble
    1
  • MUSC 121-127 Applied Lesson
    2
  • MUSC 129 Music Technology 1: GarageBand
    1
  • MUSC 130 Piano Class Level 0
    1
  • MUSC 161 Aural Theory 1 Exclamation Point An A in this course suggests you'll successfully complete this major.
    2
  • MUSC 162 Written Theory 1 Exclamation Point A C in this course suggests you'll successfully complete this major.
    2
  • MUSC 185 Introduction to Music Therapy Exclamation Point
    3
  • MUSC 189 Music Convocation An A in this course suggests you'll successfully complete this major.
    0
  • ENGL 101 Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric Exclamation Point
    3
  • MUSC 191 First-Year Seminar - Creative Arts
    2
17
Spring
  • Vocal Ensemble
    1
  • MUSC 121-127 Applied Lesson
    2
  • MUSC 131 Piano Class Level 1/2
    1
  • MUSC 138 Voice Class 1 Exclamation Point
    1-2
  • MUSC 163 Aural Theory 2 Exclamation Point A B in this course suggests you'll successfully complete this major.
    2
  • MUSC 164 Written Theory 2 Exclamation Point A B in this course suggests you'll successfully complete this major.
    2
  • MUSC 189 Music Convocation An A in this course suggests you'll successfully complete this major.
    0
  • MUSC 205 Clinical Foundations of Music Therapy Exclamation Point
    3
  • ENGL 102 Composition, Rhetoric, and Research Exclamation Point
    3
15
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This plan of study is for the 2017-18 academic year. Official plans of study are in the undergraduate course catalog (see archived catalogs for previous years).
  • Learn how sleep impacts academic success
  • Complete the Campus Read
  • Visit each of your instructors during office hours
  • Download the Guide application
  • Be the last person to leave the library from studying

The Mountaineer Experience

Clubs, sports and leadership roles will make your résumé standout. We'll help you find the right ones for your goals. During your first year you should:

  • Consult Student Legal Services for advice on what to look for in an off-campus housing contract
  • Take a hike, bike or go rock climbing at Coopers Rock State Forest
  • Consult Off-Campus Housing to find an apartment for your sophomore year
  • Eat a pepperoni roll
  • Attend Adventure WV

You're a citizen of the world, and your potential is endless with study abroad, volunteering and other experiences to add to your résumé. During your first year you should:

  • Have a challenging conversation with someone from a different background
  • Explore community service opportunities in student organizations
  • Participate in hall council or attend a hall council program
  • Participate in leadership development opportunities in student organizations
  • Apply to be a Resident Assistant

Health and Wellness

Eating right, staying well and working toward your fitness goals will keep you on track. During your first year you should:

  • Climb at the SRC climbing wall
  • Visit the Student Rec Center
  • Make a healthy smoothie with the Student Wellness Ambassador Team
  • Join an intramural team
  • Use the WELLWVU HeartMath Lab

Career and Professional Development

You'll be prepared for internships, competitions and conferences — where you’ll make connections and gain vital experience to land the big offer. During your first year you should:

  • Complete the financial literacy course
  • Attend a career fair
  • Submit your resume to Career Services
  • Attend a resume writing class
  • Take a writing or communications class

Academics

Fall
  • African Drum & Dance Ensemble
    1
  • MUSC 221-227 Applied Lesson
    2
  • MUSC 125A
    1
  • MUSC 132 Piano Class Level 1
    1
  • MUSC 261 Aural Theory 3 Exclamation Point
    2
  • MUSC 262 Written Theory 3 Exclamation Point
    2
  • MUSC 189 Music Convocation An A in this course suggests you'll successfully complete this major.
    0
  • MUSC 230 Music Therapy Interventions for Children Exclamation Point
    2
  • MUSC 239 Music Therapy Practicum 1 Exclamation Point
    1
  • PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology Exclamation Point
    3
15
Spring
  • Small Ensemble
    1
  • MUSC 221-227 Applied Lesson
    2
  • MUSC 136 Guitar Class 1
    1
  • MUSC 177 Introduction to Music Listening Exclamation Point An A in this course suggests you'll successfully complete this major.
    1
  • MUSC 189 Music Convocation An A in this course suggests you'll successfully complete this major.
    0
  • MUSC 231 Music Therapy Interventions for Adults
    2
  • MUSC 239A
    1
  • MUSC 263 Aural Theory 4 Exclamation Point
    2
  • MUSC 264 Written Theory 4 Exclamation Point
    2
  • PSYC 241 Introduction to Human Development Exclamation Point
    3
15
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This plan of study is for the 2017-18 academic year. Official plans of study are in the undergraduate course catalog (see archived catalogs for previous years).
  • International upperclassmen: Mentor new international students
  • Spend 100 hours at student success centers
  • Join The Daily Athenaeum or WWVU-FM staff to learn how to publish a newspaper, write articles, create radio shows, and report news and sports
  • Earn a 4.0 in at least one semester
  • Learn how sleep impacts academic success

The Mountaineer Experience

Clubs, sports and leadership roles will make your résumé standout. We'll help you find the right ones for your goals. During your second year you should:

  • Find the mice in Stewart Hall
  • Go on one of the break trips through the Outdoor Rec Center
  • Attend WVUp All Night
  • International students: Participate in international social events
  • Attend Spring Family Weekend with your family

You're a citizen of the world, and your potential is endless with study abroad, volunteering and other experiences to add to your résumé. During your second year you should:

  • Participate in an alternative spring break
  • Participate in an Adventure WV international adventure
  • Attend a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day diversity program
  • Participate in a fraternity and sorority accreditation program
  • Attend the Festival of Ideas

Health and Wellness

Eating right, staying well and working toward your fitness goals will keep you on track. During your second year you should:

  • Use exercise for mental well-being in Movement for Mental Health
  • Learn how to de-stress at chillFEST
  • Take an academic yoga class in the Health and Education Building
  • Make a healthy smoothie with the Student Wellness Ambassador Team
  • Rent a bike and go for a ride on the rail trail

Career and Professional Development

You'll be prepared for internships, competitions and conferences — where you’ll make connections and gain vital experience to land the big offer. During your second year you should:

  • Attend the Sophomore/Junior Fair during your fall semester to explore studying abroad, internships, career choices and more
  • Service learning (complete 30 hours per semester and one major experience outside the classroom)
  • Meet with a career professional to make sure you are on track professionally
  • Attend a career fair
  • Sign up for an internship interview

Academics

Fall
  • Ensemble
    1
  • MUSC 321-327 Applied Lesson
    2
  • MUSC 200 Fundamentals of Conducting Exclamation Point
    2
  • Select one of the following courses:
    3
    MUSC 270 History of Western Musical Traditions 1 or
    MUSC 271 History of Western Musical Traditions 2
  • MUSC 330 Principles and Practices of Music Therapy Exclamation Point
    3
  • MUSC 339 Music Therapy Practicum 3 Exclamation Point
    1
  • PSYC 281 Introduction to Abnormal Psychology
    3
15
Spring
  • World Music Ensemble Elective
    1
  • MUSC 321-327 Applied Lesson
    2
  • Select one of the following courses:
    3
    MUSC 116 Music in World Cultures or
    MUSC 113 Twentieth Century American Pop Music
  • MUSC 284 Vocal Pedagogy
    2
  • MUSC 331 Advanced Principles and Practices of Music Therapy Exclamation Point
    3
  • MUSC 339A
    1
  • SPED 304 Special Education in Contemporary Society Exclamation Point
    3
15
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This plan of study is for the 2017-18 academic year. Official plans of study are in the undergraduate course catalog (see archived catalogs for previous years).
  • Go talk to a faculty member in your department about graduate school or career options
  • Complete the Campus Read
  • Attend a SORTS (Students On the Road To Success) seminar
  • Be the last person to leave the library from studying
  • International students: Meet one-on-one with an immigration adviser

The Mountaineer Experience

Clubs, sports and leadership roles will make your résumé standout. We'll help you find the right ones for your goals. During your third year you should:

  • Attend a Sophomore/Junior Year Experience trip or event
  • Attend a student or faculty performance at the Creative Arts Center
  • Visit the West Virginia and Regional History Center in the Downtown Library
  • Attend an Outdoor Rec Center weekend trip
  • Visit the Core Arboretum

You're a citizen of the world, and your potential is endless with study abroad, volunteering and other experiences to add to your résumé. During your third year you should:

  • Post a picture of you in another country in WVU gear
  • Attend the Festival of Ideas
  • Explore mentorship opportunities in Greek Life
  • Participate in a fraternity and sorority accreditation program
  • Be a reporter for The Daily Athenaeum or WWVU-FM

Health and Wellness

Eating right, staying well and working toward your fitness goals will keep you on track. During your third year you should:

  • Complete a WELLGO calendar (wellgo.wvu.edu)
  • Become a leadWELL Mentor
  • Become an Alcohol Literacy trainer and educate peers about the real effects of drinking alcohol
  • Take an academic yoga class in the Health and Education Building
  • Exercise daily

Career and Professional Development

You'll be prepared for internships, competitions and conferences — where you’ll make connections and gain vital experience to land the big offer. During your third year you should:

  • Attend a career fair
  • Become a leader in your club sport team
  • Sign up for an internship interview
  • Consider graduate or professional school
  • Become a student-leader in at least one organization

Academics

Fall
  • Ensemble
    1
  • MUSC 440 Music Therapy Practicum 5
    2
  • MUSC 444 Psychological Foundation of Music
    3
  • NBAN 205 Introduction to Human Anatomy Exclamation Point
    3
  • NBAN 206 Human Anatomy Laboratory
    1-3
  • SOWK 147 Human Diversity Exclamation Point
    3
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
16
Spring
  • Ensemble
    1
  • MUSC 440A
    2
  • MUSC 445 Evidence Based Practice in Music Therapy
    3
  • BIOL 102 General Biology Exclamation Point
    3
  • BIOL 104 General Biology Laboratory Exclamation Point
    1
  • STAT 111 Understanding Statistics Exclamation Point
    3
  • MUSC Elective
    2
15
Summer
  • MUSC 485 Music Therapy Internship
    2-12
2
Exclamation Point Critical Course A Icon B Icon C Icon Success marker (try to get the grade indicated)

This plan of study is for the 2017-18 academic year. Official plans of study are in the undergraduate course catalog (see archived catalogs for previous years).
  • Earn at least 15 credits per semester
  • Join The Daily Athenaeum or WWVU-FM staff to learn how to publish a newspaper, write articles, create radio shows, and report news and sports
  • Be the last person to leave the library from studying
  • Attend the Graduation One-Stop Shop
  • Sign up for graduation

The Mountaineer Experience

Clubs, sports and leadership roles will make your résumé standout. We'll help you find the right ones for your goals. During your fourth year you should:

  • Attend WVUp All Night
  • Attend the Mountaineer Send-Off
  • Register with the WVU Alumni Association
  • Attend Fall Family Weekend with your family
  • Take a picture in front of Woodburn Hall with your graduation attire

You're a citizen of the world, and your potential is endless with study abroad, volunteering and other experiences to add to your résumé. During your fourth year you should:

  • Complete a financial management skill development opportunity in student organizations
  • Explore mentorship opportunities in Greek Life
  • Participate in a fraternity and sorority accreditation program
  • Be a reporter for The Daily Athenaeum or WWVU-FM
  • Participate in leadership development opportunities in Greek Life

Health and Wellness

Eating right, staying well and working toward your fitness goals will keep you on track. During your fourth year you should:

  • Continue involvement with your club sport or intramural team or try a new one
  • Complete a WELLGO calendar (wellgo.wvu.edu)
  • Become a Well-being Coach for your peers
  • Take an academic yoga class in the Health and Education Building
  • Use the WELLWVU HeartMath Lab

Career and Professional Development

You'll be prepared for internships, competitions and conferences — where you’ll make connections and gain vital experience to land the big offer. During your fourth year you should:

  • Become a student-leader in at least one organization
  • Sign up for an interview
  • Submit your resume to Career Services
  • Participate in a practice job interview session
  • Attend a career fair

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