Music Therapy Supplemental Requirements

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Master of Music in Music Therapy

  • A video recording of you singing and accompanying yourself using piano and also using guitar. Demonstrate your vocal and piano and vocal and guitar accompaniment skill with two contrasting songs for each voice/instrument from popular music (e.g., "Country Roads" by John Denver and "Let it Be" by Paul McCartney; "Shake It Off" by Taylor Swift and "Lean On Me" by Bill Withers).
  • Provide a 3-5 minutes of a video-recording performance on your primary instrument.
  • Two Writing Samples: 
    1. The first sample is your Personal Statement that is included in the on-line application. In this statement, explain why you want to pursue graduate studies in music therapy. Feel free to describe your life experiences that have brought you to this decision, and what you plan to do after obtaining your advanced degree.
    2. The second sample is a 3 to 6- pages paper that addresses THREE of the following:
      • What are your research interests? Include a summary and synthesis of available information on your topic of interest, as well as a rationale to support this area of work. 
      • In what ways have your previous experiences (personal, academic, and/or professional) prepared you for graduate study? Further, how do you anticipate graduate study might be different than your undergraduate experience? 
      • What do you see as major trends in the music therapy profession?
      • What clinical and/or leadership positions have you held? Describe the position, the frequency of time spent (i.e., months, years, and hours per week) committed to the position, and a challenging situation you encountered and how you handled it. 
      • What are your self-care routines? What are the benefits of your self-care routines? 

The accompanying and music performance videos should be uploaded online to Slideroom by December 1. 

Writing sample 1 is uploaded with your application.

Writing sample 2 should be sent to fsom.graddocs@miami.edu by January 1.

The writing sample will be assessed for content, organization, and clarity of thought, as well as the mechanics of your writing, including: sentence structure, word choice, sentence and paragraph length, punctuation, and spelling.

An interview, either in person or virtually/remote with music therapy faculty addressing your educational background, goals, and ability to pursue graduate studies will be scheduled after all application materials are received. 

Master of Music in Music Therapy w/Equivalency

  • A video recording of you singing and accompanying yourself using piano or guitar. Demonstrate your vocal and piano or guitar accompaniment skill with two contrasting songs from popular music (e.g., "Country Roads" by John Denver and "Let it Be" by Paul McCartney; "Shake It Off" by Taylor Swift and "Lean On Me" by Bill Withers).
  • Provide a 3-5 minutes of a video-recording performance on your primary instrument.
  • Two Writing Samples:  
    1. The first sample is your Personal Statement that is included in the on-line application. In this statement, explain why you want to pursue graduate studies in music therapy. Feel free to describe your life experiences that have brought you to this decision, and what you plan to do after obtaining your advanced degree.
    2. The second sample is a 3 to 6- pages paper that addresses THREE of the following:
      • What are your research interests? Include a summary as well as a rationale to support this area of work. 
      • In what ways have your previous experiences (personal, academic, and/or professional) prepared you for graduate study? 
      • Have you shadowed a music therapist? If so, what did you observe and what did you learn about the use of music in the music therapy session?
      • What volunteer and/or leadership positions have you held? Describe the position, the amount of time committed to the position, and a challenging situation you encountered, and how you handled it.
      • How have your previous experiences (personal, academic, and/r professional) prepared you to be a music therapist?
      • What are your self-care routines? What are the benefits of your self-care routines?
      • Describe any experiences you've had working with people of different age groups (i.e., preschool-age children, older adults, etc.), and/or people with medical conditions or disabilities. What was your role in this situation, and what was your comfort level working with this population? 

The accompanying and music performance videos should be uploaded online to Slideroom by December 1. 

Writing sample 1 is uploaded with your application.

Writing sample 2 should be sent to fsom.graddocs@miami.edu by January 1. 

The writing sample will be assessed for content, organization, and clarity of thought, as well as the mechanics of your writing, including: sentence structure, word choice, sentence and paragraph length, punctuation, and spelling.

An interview, either in person or virtually/remote with music therapy faculty addressing your educational background, goals, and ability to pursue graduate studies will be scheduled after all application materials are received.