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B.M. in Music – Music Therapy

The Music – Music Therapy major at Colorado State University is designed to prepare students for careers in music therapy, an allied health profession whose members generally work as part of interdisciplinary teams in hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation facilities, assisted living centers, and special education settings.

Quick Facts

Full-time Duration: 4 years
Starting in: January, August
Tuition Fee: $32,734 per year
Location: Fort Collins, CO, United States

Some music therapists maintain private practices or serve as consultants. Music therapists are specialists in the clinical use of music to facilitate motor skills, cognitive abilities, communication, and social outcomes for individuals with disease or disability.

The Music – Music Therapy major at Colorado State University is internationally recognized for its leadership in clinical training and research. The curriculum includes a strong emphasis in music, the neurosciences, psychology, and music therapy methods.

Learning Outcomes

Students will demonstrate:

  • Ability to perform music from a variety of historical/ style periods, and exhibit the appropriate skills for musical self-expression in juried performances. These skills include: technique, musicianship, tone, diction/articulation, style, interpretation, sight-reading, rhythm, and artistry.
  • Keyboard Skills.
  • The capacity to create original or derivative music.
  • Understanding of the common elements and organizational patterns of music, including musical forms, processes, and structures.
  • Knowledge of music history and repertory, including representative composers and works according to the area of specialization, as well as study and experiences with music in addition to that of the primary culture encompassing the area of specialization.

Students are also expected to learn music literature from all periods through aural and score analysis. Performance skills are tested at the end of the sophomore year and in a graduation recital if required by the degree option. Some programs require satisfactory completion of supervised student teaching, an internship, or a senior project.

Potential Occupations

The professional undergraduate music curricula at CSU can lead to personally fulfilling careers as music educators, music therapists, performers, composers, private teachers, and entrepreneurs. Music graduates from CSU have successfully gained employment in public and private schools, hospitals and institutions, and as professional performers and composers.



“My experience at CSU, and particularly in the Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology has been invaluable! The program was both challenging and supportive.”

Sara Bombaci // Master of Science

Courses Included

  • Music Theory
  • Aural Skills
  • Piano Skills for Music Therapists
  • Beginning Conducting
  • Music Therapy Methods
  • Medical Terminology
  • Appreciation of Philosophy
  • Voice Class