The Graduate Diploma in Music Therapy is unique in Canada and the United States. It prepares students with strong backgrounds in music and psychology for careers in music therapy and leads to certification by the Canadian Association of Music Therapists (CAMT) and the Certification Board for Music Therapists (US). The music therapist guides clients towards health and wellness goals by fostering personal resources and potentials through expressive and receptive music experiences. The 28-credit program is the only one of its kind in Canada to be offered within a Creative Arts Therapies department. Students have the opportunity to draw upon numerous theoretical and applied approaches to music therapy practice.
Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a minimum of 28 credits.
Please see the Creative Arts Therapies Courses page for course descriptions.
Music Therapy Graduate Diploma (28 credits)
credits of Core Courses:
•MTHY 501Music Therapy Skills (3.00)
•MTHY 502Psychology of Music (2.00)
•MTHY 503Music Therapy with Adults (1.00)
•MTHY 504Music Therapy with Children and Adolescents (1.00)
•MTHY 510Music Therapy Practicum I (3.00)
•MTHY 511Music Therapy Practicum II (3.00)
•MTHY 512Music Therapy Practicum III (9.00)
•MTHY 521Clinical Improvisation in Music Therapy (3.00)
•CATS 611Counselling Skills for Creative Arts Therapists (3.00)
As part of course requirements in MTHY 510,
MTHY 511, and MTHY 512, each student must successfully complete a
minimum of 1,200 hours in the practice of music therapy, under faculty
supervision, in approved practicum settings. Practicum experiences
include individual and group formats with children, adolescents and
adults and with a minimum of three different client groups.
Bachelor’s degree with courses in Music (24 credits, which must include 6 credits in Musicology and 12 credits in Music Theory, or equivalents); Psychology (24 credits, which must include courses in Introductory, Developmental, and Abnormal Psychology, Theories of Personality, and Research Methodology, or equivalents); and Introduction to Music Therapy (3 credits), or equivalent.
Evidence of primary instrument/voice performance abilities at the level of completion of a bachelor’s degree in Music; piano performance abilities at Grade 6 Royal Conservatory of Music level, and fundamental guitar and voice skills.
Overall grade average of B- or better is expected.
Previous experience in a clinical, rehabilitative or educational setting.
Direct experience with the therapeutic process is highly desirable.
Proficiency in English. Applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate that their knowledge of English is sufficient to pursue graduate studies in their chosen field. Please refer to the Graduate Admission page for further information on the Language Proficiency requirements and exemptions.
International students: Considering the waiting period involved in meeting the entry requirements to Canada and Quebec, we strongly encourage international applicants to apply early and submit supporting documents prior to the deadline.
Late applications: Priority will be given to applications submitted on time. In some cases, programs may continue to accept applications as long as there is space available.
Tuition & funding
The tuition fees of the program may differ depending on your student status. To estimate the cost of your education at Concordia, go through five (5) easy steps.
Funding packages are generally available for students in thesis-based programs. Course-based students are eligible for a number of donor awards, and may consult with their department for program-specific opportunities.