MMT-FAQ

181807_4161552924000_350811662_nFrequently Asked Questions

Do I need a Bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy to be considered for the Master’s Program?
No. There are two ways to enter the Augsburg College Master of Music Therapy program.  The first for those with a bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy is the  MMT track and classes begin each Fall.
The second is for those with a bachelor’s degree in Music who need to complete the Equivalency plus Master of Music Therapy coursework.

Are there any classes I should take prior to applying to the Master’s program?
There are pre-reqs to the master’s program but all can be taken during the course of your time at Augsburg.  However, it is always a good idea to contact admissions to do an unofficial transcript evaluation as you may have completed some of the non-music therapy courses as part of your bachelor’s degree.

The program is listed as Hybrid how much time will be spent on campus vs.online?
Currently, all MMT courses are a 60% on campus, 40% online split with the 60% face to face or on campus time happening in intensives based on your course credits. For instance, a three credit course such as MUS 510 would meet on campus for three intensive days (Example:  from Sept 11-13, 2014).

Can I apply before I’ve completed my Bachelor’s degree?
Yes, as long as you complete your degree before enrollment to the program which for MMT’s is Late August/September and for Equivalency plus students is Late May/June.

How much is tuition?
The most up to date tuition information is found on the enrollment center website.  http://www.augsburg.edu/enroll/

Do I need to take the GRE?
No, we do not require the GRE or any other exam unless you are international and then you must take the TOEFL and have a score of 80 or higher.

My primary instrument is something other than the guitar or piano, should I still apply?
Yes. Most music therapists utilize both guitar and piano as often and even more often than other instruments. Music therapy training does require demonstrating proficiency in guitar, piano, and voice.

Are there scholarships available? 
There are currently no specific scholarships for graduate students in Music Therapy and so the best place to find music therapy scholarships is through the American Association for Music Therapy’s website.

How should I submit my audition material if I am not able to come to campus?
You may submit via cd or share tracks with your admissions counselor via Google drive.

What accreditation does Augsburg’s program hold?
Augsburg is regionally accredited by:
The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
The Master’s of Music Therapy program is accredited by both:
NASM–National Association of Schools of Music
AMTA–American Music Therapy Association

How much do Music Therapists Earn?
This will of course depend on many factors including: where in the world you are practicing, years of experience, educational training and preparation, the institution, and the client population.  And if the patient’s insurance reimburses, etc. Researchers estimate you will most likely fall in the $25,000-$52,000 range. http://healthcareers.about.com/od/healthcareerprofiles/a/Music-Therapist-Careers.htm

Where do Music Therapists work?
Hospitals, psychiatric facilities, schools, prisons, community centers, daycare centers, training institutes, universities and private practice to name a few. Music therapists work in a wide variety of settings.

Is Music Therapy reimbursable through my insurance?
Some insurance companies do reimburse for Music Therapy and as the profession becomes more widely known, that number is and should continue to grow.  Currently, it will depend on the insurance company and area of the world.

Why should I get a Master’s degree in Music Therapy?
Most countries outside of the U.S. and some U.S. states require a master’s degree for you to practice.  The AMTA is under discussions about transition to a master’s level entry as a requirement to become a board certified music therapist.