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Master of Science in Music

Radford University offers a Master of Science with a concentration in Music Therapy and a choice of two options. Both options prepare the student for advanced practice in the profession as well as further advanced study. The degree program includes a required core of studies in performance, history and theory.

The clinical option includes Level I training in the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (BMGIM), along with course work focused on the development of verbal counseling skills and techniques. 

The research option requires the completion of a thesis with the areas of research open to the student's particular interests.

The Clinical Option (42 credits)

Required Music Core Courses (9 credits)

MUSC 601. Bibliography and Research (3)
Music History Period Course (3)
MUSC 517. Form and Analysis (3) or MUSC 633. Analytical Techniques (3)

Required Music Therapy Courses (17 credits)

MUSC 620. Advanced Methods & Materials in Music Therapy (3)
MUSC 641:642. Practicum in Music Therapy (4)
MUSC 651. Special Applications in Music Therapy I (3)
MUSC 652. Special Applications in Music Therapy II (3)
MUSC 696. Music Therapy Project (4)

Supporting Music Course (1)
Behavioral Science Elective* (3)
*Course to be determined in consultation between student and advisor.

Supporting Counselor Education Courses (12 credits)

COED 610. Individual Differences in Human Development (3)
COED 611. Introduction to the Counseling Theories and Techniques (3)
COED 612. Professional Issues in Counseling (3)
COED 614. Group Counseling Theories and Procedures (3)

Research Option (33 credits)

Required Music Core Courses (9 credits)

MUSC 601. Bibliography and Research (3)
Music History Period Course (3)
MUSC 517. Form and Analysis (3) OR MUSC 633. Analytical Techniques (3)

Required Courses (20 credits)

EDEF 606. Educational Research (3)
MUSC 620. Advanced Methods & Materials in Music Therapy (3)
MUSC 641. Practicum in Music Therapy (2)
MUSC 650. Seminar in Music Therapy (6)
MUSC 699. Research and Thesis (6)

Supporting Music Course (1)
Behavioral Science Elective* (3)

*Course to be determined in consultation between student and advisor.

Admission Requirements

Minimum overall and in-major grade-point average required is 2.7. All graduate students in Music must take written diagnostic exams in music history and theory before the end of the registration period of their first semester of study and prior to admission to regular graduate status. Two letters of reference are to be submitted from professional sources (i.e., former professor/mentor, private teacher, etc.). All students pursuing a master's degree in music must have, at the undergraduate level, music courses equivalent to those required in an appropriate undergraduate degree program at Radford University. Students entering the M.S. in Music Therapy without a bachelor's degree from an NASM member institution must also present an entrance audition in their undergraduate major and minor performing areas for diagnostic purposes. All students applying for admission to a graduate music program are required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Praxis II music content examination.

Mail Praxis II scores to your address then mail the unopened envelope directly to the RU graduate college.  Please do not open the envelope and do not have the scores mailed directly to Radford University.

 

Entrance Requirements in Music History and Music Theory

 

All students applying for admission to a graduate music program are required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Praxis II music content examination.

Students will be informed of specific deficiencies identified through the diagnostic exams and they will have the choice of two options:

 

  • Students may take prescribed courses to remedy the deficiencies. A grade of at least 'B' must be earned in the course(s) in order to remove the deficiency from the student's record. If a grade of at least 'B' is achieved, the student will have satisfied the entrance requirements in music history and music theory for Masters degree programs in music.
  • Students may choose to study on their own in areas of deficiency. Following individual study the student must retake the diagnostic examination(s) prior to completing 18 hours of study. Failure to retake the exam prior to the completion of 18 hours of study will require the student to utilize option 'a'. If upon retaking the exam(s) a satisfactory score is achieved, the student will have satisfied the entrance requirements in music history and music theory for Masters degree programs in music. The student will be permitted to retake the diagnostic exam(s) only one time, after which the option 'a' must be utilized.