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Music Therapy Program

The Music Therapy Program, a 90-quarter credit curriculum, was founded in 1975 as a section of the Department of Creative Arts Therapies (Art, Dance/Movement, and Music Therapy) at Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital.

Drexel's Music Therapy Program was the first music therapy academic program to be approved by both the National Association for Music Therapy and the American Association for Music Therapy (the two merged as the American Music Therapy Association in 1998).

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Study at the only music therapy program at an academic health center.

The Music Therapy Program is designed to help you develop advanced music therapy clinical skills in an academic health center setting.
The program is the only music therapy education model housed within an academic health center.

Draw from a unique blend of mental health and medical professionals. 

This merger of health sciences and the arts provides both the learning atmosphere and the depth of resources for modern music therapy education.

It is unique in that faculty members include mental health and medical professionals who assist AND MENTOR students in integrating music therapy with current developmental, mental health, and medical practices.

Program components include:

  • Supervised adult and child clinical placements in psychiatric and medical units of local hospitals (INCLUDING OUR ON-CAMPUS HAHNEMANN UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL), schools, and other specialized treatment settings in the Philadelphia area.
  • Daily interaction with music, art and dance/movement therapists, physicians, NEUROSCIENTISTS, psychologists, and other health professionals as teachers and supervisors
  • CLINICAL APPLICATIONS OF VOCAL AND INSTRUMENTAL  IMPROVISATION, COMPOSITION, ENSEMBLE, AND IMAGERY APPROACHES WITHIN MUSIC PSYCHOTHERAPY, MEDICAL MUSIC THERAPY AND DEVELOPMENTALLY-FOCUSED TREATMENT MODELS 
  • Integration of music therapy findings with mental health and medical sciences
  • Basic understanding of art and dance movement therapy and their relation to music therapy 
  • Interaction with students and educators representing all the health sciences
  • Extensive exposure to current THEORIES OF PSYCHOTHERAPY
  • Student presentation of research at local, regional, and national conferences,
  • Research opportunities within medical, school, and community settings.  
  • Medical settings include heart failure/transplant, neonatal unit, pediatrics, labor and delivery, bone marrow transplant, mental health, including in-patient and out-patient adult and child psychiatry and consultation/liaison psychiatry. School settings include normal and special education (including autistic, multiply handicapped). Community settings include family court visitation program, music therapy theory, and method development, field and practice of music therapy, and development of specialized clinical methods.