The MA in Creative Arts Therapies (Music Therapy), is the only advanced professional training program in the field in Québec. The program is approved by the Canadian Association of Music Therapists (CAMT) and is designed according to the philosophies and standards of education in music therapy. Music therapy facilitates personal growth processes through participation in expressive and receptive music experiences. The music therapist supports clients towards established and emergent health and wellness goals. Students will gain expertise in a particular area of music therapy through the completion of either a master's thesis (Research with Thesis Option) or a year-end capstone project (Advanced Music Therapy Practice Option). The thesis option supports students interested in developing their research skills, while the practice option provides students with the opportunity to enhance their knowledge in a particular area of professional music therapy practice.
Bachelor's degree in Music Therapy with a 1,000-hour internship (or equivalent); OR a Graduate Certificate or Diploma in Music Therapy (or equivalent).
No less than a B average (3.00 on a 4.30 scale), or equivalent.
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.
Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a minimum of 45 credits.
24 credits – Core Courses
MTHY 600 - Music Therapy Advanced Literature (3 credits)
MTHY 601 - Music Therapy Supervision, Teaching, and Learning (3 credits)
MTHY 602 - Advanced Clinical Improvisation in Music Therapy I (1.5 credits)
MTHY 603 - Advanced Clinical Improvisation in Music Therapy II (1.5 credits)
MTHY 693 - Research in Music Therapy: Qualitative and Quantitative Methods (3 credits)
CATS 610 - Introduction to Topics in Clinical Psychology for Creative Arts Therapists (3 credits)
CATS 611 - Counselling Skills for Creative Arts Therapists (3 credits)
CATS 639 - Interdisciplinary Topics: Cross-cultural Competence in the Creative Arts Therapies (1 credit)
CATS 641 - Interdisciplinary Topics: Ethics in Clinical Practice in the Creative Arts Therapies (1 credit)
CATS 643 - Interdisciplinary Topics: Ethics in Research in the Creative Arts Therapies (1 credit)
CATS 691 - Research in the Creative Arts Therapies (3 credits)
21 credits – Students choose to enter one of the following two options:
Research with thesis option (21 credits) MTHY 623 - Advanced Music Therapy Practicum I (3 credits)
MTHY 699 - Thesis (15 credits)
MTHY 624 - Advanced Music Therapy Practicum II (3 credits)
MTHY 625 - Guided Imagery and Music, Level I (3 credits)
Advanced music therapy practice option (21 credits) MTHY 633 - Advanced Music Therapy Practice I (6 credits)
MTHY 634 - Advanced Music Therapy Practice II (6 credits)
Plus nine additional elective credits, to be chosen in consultation with an academic faculty advisor. With the approval of the Chair of Creative Arts Therapies and of the cooperating department, some or all of the elective credits may be chosen from the Department of Creative Arts Therapies, other departments in the University, or other universities.
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