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Music Therapy

Explore and deepen your personal relationship with music.

Our students develop professional skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to provide effective and compassionate therapy for individuals of all ages. Graduates are prepared to assess client needs and design and facilitate individualized therapeutic music experiences in composing, listening, improvising and performing. An integral part of the curriculum is supervised clinical service to individuals and groups in a variety of community settings, including skilled nursing care, early intervention programs, substance use rehabilitation and special needs classrooms.

  • 5

    semesters of hands-on experience in faculty-supervised clinical placements

  • 100%

    of graduates have passed the national board certification exam on the first attempt

  • 90%

    of graduates have been hired within 2 months of earning their board certification

High-Quality Education

  • On-Campus Music Therapy Clinic
  • Community Engagement
  • American Music Therapy Association
  • Students design and provide music therapy services to children with special needs and other clients in our on-campus clinic.

    Each year students provide clinical services to individuals and groups in various community settings like children's hospital, local shelters, drug rehabilitations and more. An estimated 350 individuals were served last year by music therapy majors and members of the award-winning UD Music Therapy Club.

    As one of few music therapy degree programs in Ohio approved by the American Music Therapy Association, our program prepares students for acceptance to an approved, intensive internship. Upon successful completion of the internship and subsequent board certification, students are eligible to practice music therapy in a wide variety of educational, health and mental health settings.


    Visit Campus

    Interested in learning more about music therapy? We'd love to meet with you. Schedule an academic appointment by calling our department at 937-229-3936. You can also choose to schedule a general campus tour and admission presentation.

    Featured Programs and Initiatives

    Music Therapy Club

    The UD Music Therapy Club's mission is to educate, advocate and provide meaningful service. The club serves the greater Dayton community by providing music enrichment activities to underserved and marginalized individuals and groups.

    Undergraduate Research

    Michaela Miller '21 was one of two UD undergraduates selected to present her work in 2020 at the Great Lakes Region of the American Music Therapy Association. “Making Music Therapy Culture-Centered” completed her honors thesis project.

    Our Faculty

    All of our music therapy faculty are board-certified music therapists, bringing years of clinical experience and cutting-edge research to you in the classroom.

    Auditions and Scholarships

    Students who wish to be admitted into a Bachelor of Music degree program must complete an audition. Scholarship opportunities are available and awarded to students who participate in audition day.

    Experiential Learning

    Real-World Experience

    Through practical learning opportunities like internships and co-ops, you can build your resume, gain practical experience and prepare for a successful career.


    Department of Music

    Fitz Hall, Room 475
    300 College Park
    Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2946

    12 or less

    students in most music therapy courses