The Music Therapy Concentration is designed to prepare the student to take the examination of the Certification Board for Music Therapists (MT-BC). Music therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship. As a MT-BC, graduates may work in a variety of health care settings, including hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation facilities, assisted living centers, and in special education. Some music therapists maintain private practices or serve as consultants.

The undergraduate curriculum includes core music courses, music therapy methods and research courses, and general education courses. All students learn to demonstrate musicianship on several instruments including piano, guitar, and voice. Students engage with community members in a variety of service learning and clinical practicum placements, where they are supervised by board-certified music therapists. Students also complete a clinical internship at one of several approved sites, for a total of 1200 hours of clinical experience (as required by the American Music Therapy Association). 

The music therapy program at CSU is internationally recognized for its leadership in clinical training and research. The music therapy area includes the Undergraduate Music Therapy Research Academy and the interdisciplinary Brainwaves Research Laboratory, where students have opportunities for hands-on involvement in music and music therapy research. 

A background check is required prior to participating in the practicum course (MU 486A).

Music Audition

In addition to applying to CSU through the Office of Admissions, a successful audition with CSU Music faculty is required for entrance into the B.M. in Music. Please visit Music Audition Information for more information.

Music Program Fee

A music program fee is assessed with undergraduate and graduate music majors and minors, per semester. The fee does not apply to the following students: online degree students, summers-only master's degree students, music therapy students in an internship off-campus, music education students who are student teaching off-campus, and music minors who are not actively enrolled in any lessons or ensembles. Please visit the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for special course fees.

Effective Fall 2021

A minimum grade of C (2.000) is required in all music courses used to satisfy the requirements of the BM in Music, Music Therapy Concentration.

CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)1A3
MU 117Music Theory I 3
MU 118Music Theory II 3
MU 127Aural Skills I 1
MU 128Aural Skills II 1
MU 131Introduction to Music History and Literature (GT-AH1)3B3
MU 1501Piano Class I 1
MU 153Piano Skills for Music Therapists I 2
MU 1572Voice Skills for Music Therapists I 2
MU 158Voice Skills for Music Therapists II 2
MU 241Introduction to Music Therapy 3
PSY 100General Psychology (GT-SS3)3C3
STAT 100Statistical Literacy (GT-MA1)1B3
Ensemble Courses (See list below) 2
 Total Credits 32
MU 132Exploring World Music3E3
MU 1553Music Therapy Guitar I 2
MU 156Music Therapy Guitar II 2
MU 250Music Therapy Practice 3
MU 253Piano Skills for Music Therapists II 2
MU 258Piano Skills for Music Therapists III 2
MU 440Music Therapy Methods I 3
MU 486APracticum: Music Therapy 1
Biological and Physical Sciences3A7
Historical Perspectives3D3
MU Electives 3
 Total Credits 31
MU 255Music Therapy Guitar III 2
MU 256Music Therapy Guitar IV 2
MU 257Leading Group Ensembles 3
MU 333History of Rock and Roll 3
MU 441Music Therapy Methods II 3
MU 443Music Therapy Methods III 3
MU 486A4Practicum: Music Therapy 2
Advanced Writing 23
MU Electives 5
Non-MU Electives 3
 Total Credits 29
MU 303Music Therapy Technology in Practice 3
MU 343Research Methods in Music Therapy4A3
MU 423Current Topics in Music Therapy4B2
MU 444Music Therapy Methods IV 3
MU 486APracticum: Music Therapy 1
MU 487Music Therapy Internship4C10
Arts and Humanities3B3
MU Elective 1
Non-MU Elective 2
 Total Credits 28
 Program Total Credits: 120

Ensemble Courses

MU 201Men's Chorus1
MU 202University Chorus1
MU 204Marching Band1
MU 205Concert Band1
MU 206Colorado State University Concert Orchestra1
MU 300Women's Chorus1
MU 302University Orchestra1
MU 304Symphonic Band1
MU 305Colorado State University Concert Choir1
MU 309Jazz Ensemble1
MU 310Jazz Combo1
MU 400Colorado State University Chamber Choir1
MU 401Opera Theater1-2
MU 402Theater/Chamber Orchestra1
MU 404Symphonic Wind Ensemble1
MU 406New Music Ensemble1
MU 407Accompanying1
MU 408Chamber Music1

Distinctive Requirements for Degree Program: A minimum grade of C (2.000) is required in all music courses used to satisfy the requirements of the BM in Music, Music Therapy Concentration.
To Declare this MajorAudition and interview with School of Music, Theatre, and Dance.

Semester 1CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
MU 117Music Theory IX  3
MU 127Aural Skills IX  1
MU 131Introduction to Music History and Literature (GT-AH1)  3B3
MU 150Piano Class IX  1
MU 157Voice Skills for Music Therapists IX  2
MU 241Introduction to Music TherapyX  3
STAT 100Statistical Literacy (GT-MA1)X 1B3
Ensemble Course (see list on Concentration requirements tab)   1
 Total Credits   17
Semester 2CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2) X1A3
MU 118Music Theory IIX  3
MU 128Aural Skills IIX  1
MU 153Piano Skills for Music Therapists IX  2
MU 158Voice Skills for Music Therapists IIX  2
PSY 100General Psychology (GT-SS3)  3C3
Ensemble Course (see list on Concentration requirements tab)   1
AUCC 1B (Quantitative Reasoning) and CO 150 must be completed by the end of Semester 2.X   
 Total Credits   15
Semester 3CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
MU 132Exploring World Music X3E3
MU 155Music Therapy Guitar IX  2
MU 250Music Therapy PracticeX  3
MU 253Piano Skills for Music Therapists IIX  2
Biological and Physical Sciences  3A4
MU Electives   2
 Total Credits   16
Semester 4CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
MU 156Music Therapy Guitar IIX  2
MU 258Piano Skills for Music Therapists IIIX  2
MU 440Music Therapy Methods IX  3
MU 486APracticum: Music TherapyX  1
Biological and Physical Sciences  3A3
Historical Perspectives  3D3
MU Electives   1
 Total Credits   15
Semester 5CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
MU 255Music Therapy Guitar IIIX  2
MU 486APracticum: Music TherapyX  1
Advanced Writing X 23
MU Electives   5
Non-MU Elective   3
 Total Credits   14
Semester 6CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
MU 256Music Therapy Guitar IVX  2
MU 257Leading Group EnsemblesX  3
MU 333History of Rock and RollX  3
MU 441Music Therapy Methods IIX  3
MU 443Music Therapy Methods IIIX  3
MU 486APracticum: Music TherapyX  1
 Total Credits   15
Semester 7CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
MU 303Music Therapy Technology in PracticeX  3
MU 444Music Therapy Methods IVX  3
MU 486APracticum: Music TherapyX  1
Arts and Humanities  3B3
MU Elective   1
Non-MU Elective   2
 Total Credits   13
Semester 8CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
MU 343Research Methods in Music TherapyX 4A3
MU 423Current Topics in Music TherapyX 4B2
MU 487Music Therapy InternshipX 4C10
The benchmark courses for the 8th semester are the remaining courses in the entire program of study.X   
 Total Credits   15
 Program Total Credits:   120