Music Education and Music Therapy
Music education students at the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance are part of an educational community that advances creativity, performance, scholarship, and learning in the arts. The music education faculty are dedicated to empowering students through learning opportunities that are contextual and relevant to being artist teachers and to facilitating lifelong learning experiences for all students of music. The Conservatory's degrees in music education are rigorous programs that prepare students as musicians, performers and teachers. In addition to core classes in musicianship, performance and teaching techniques, students gain extensive experience through field experiences within local schools. Upon completion of student teaching internships, graduates are prepared as innovative leaders in the classroom and in their communities.
Music Education Faculty
Joseph Parisi (Chair of Music Ed and Music Therapy), Charles Robinson, Lindsey Williams, Terry J. Barham, adjunct, Choral Music Education, Valerie Bell, adjunct, Debra Fillingim, adjunct, Shawn Harrel, adjunct.
Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program (American Music Therapy Association)
Music therapy weaves art and science into meaningful relationships to improve the quality of life with clients of all ages and abilities. Preparation for professional practice involves exceptional musicianship, strong interpersonal skills and a commitment to working toward the well being of others. At UMKC, students seeking a Bachelor of Arts in music therapy develop musicianship in their applied area and functional musicianship for the clinical setting. Therapeutic skills are advanced through core Conservatory requirements and in coursework in music therapy, psychology, science, statistics and research methods. Several practicum rotations provide experiences with children, adolescents and adults within a wide range of clinical settings with music therapists in the greater Kansas City Metro community. Students complete their degree with an internship at an approved facility locally or across the country.
UMKC offers three graduate degrees in music therapy.
The Master of Arts-Music (MA-Equivalency) degree is a graduate program for students with an existing bachelor's degree in music who wish to become a Board Certified Music Therapist (MT-BC). It includes course and clinical work leading to both entry level and advanced level competencies in music therapy. The MA-Equivalency student fulfills the undergraduate music therapy requirements plus additional graduate coursework.
The Master of Arts-Music Therapy (MA-MT) degree is designed for the returning music therapist with an existing bachelor's degree in music therapy. The MA-MT allows for individual specialization with an emphasis on advanced clinical skills and research.
UMKC's Interdisciplinary PhD (IPhD) program is most innovative in its flexibility and variety. The IPhD integrates the primary discipline (music education/music therapy) with a co-discipline, such as psychology or education. The IPhD is designed for the student who is interested in college teaching and post-doctoral work in music therapy. UMKC music therapy students benefit from the faculty's well-established local, national and international recognition in education, research and service.