Music Education and Music Therapy
Music education is a calling for those who can communicate the value of the arts in our schools. 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 their student teaching our graduates are prepared as innovative leaders in the classroom and in their communities.
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 the core Conservatory requirements, and courses in music therapy, psychology, science, statistics and research methods. Six rotations provide experiences with children, adolescents and adults in a wide range of clinical environments with music therapists across the urban setting. Students finish their degree with an internship at an approved facility.
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 are interested in taking equivalency coursework 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 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 coordination 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 advancing the science and practice of music therapy through collaboration with faculty mentors, research, and experiences in college teaching and supervision. Music therapy students benefit from the faculty's well-established local, national and international recognition for education, research and service.