Music Education at Duquesne University

is unique in the nation, recognized by the Music Educators National Conference for its implementation of the National Standards for Arts Education.

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Music Education & Music Therapy

Music Education Degrees Offered:

Bachelor of Science in Music Education
Master of Music in Music Education
Post-Baccalaureate Program in Music Education

Music Education at Duquesne University is unique in the nation, recognized by the Music Educators National Conference for its implementation of the National Standards for Arts Education. Following a curriculum which is structured to develop both musicians and teachers, students participate in course offerings with an emphasis on comprehensive musicianship to ensure that only the finest musicians enter the teaching profession.

Nine areas of musical studies: singing, playing instruments, improvising, composing, reading, analysis, listening, related arts and history comprise the undergraduate course of study for the student teacher. In addition, methods classes which emphasize practical experiences in working with children of all ages, socio-economic status and multicultural types prepare students for teaching in a wide spectrum of opportunities.

Along with field experiences in local schools, students have special advantages to work with the City Music Center, Duquesne's community music school, and the Children's Festival Chorus, in residence at the Mary Pappert School of Music. All students become computer literate and competent with state-of-the-art technology. Experiences with the Kodaly music learning theory, Orff and Dalcroze methods round out a curriculum which prepares Duquesne graduates to become the innovative educational leaders of the future.

Music Therapy Degrees Offered:

Bachelor of Science in Music Therapy
Post-baccalaureate Certification in Music Therapy

The Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University offers the Bachelor's of Science in Music Therapy Degree and the Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Music Therapy. The Bachelor's degree curriculum involves extensive studies in musicianship, music therapy and the liberal arts. A minor in psychology is also possible. The Post-baccalaureate Certification program provides students with a previous music degree an opportunity to complete intensive studies in music therapy. Both programs are accredited by The National Association of Schools of Music and the American Music Therapy Association.

Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program. Music therapists engage individuals in music experiences for the purpose of working toward nonmusical goals.

Music therapists typically work with persons who have special needs. This may include individuals who present with medical diagnosis, psychiatric diagnosis and/or developmental disabilities. Music therapists find employment in many different settings, including behavioral health programs, medical hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, long-term skilled nursing facilities, hospice facilities, special education programs and assisted-living facilities.

The mission of the Duquesne University Music Therapy program is to support students to become professional, board-certified music therapists. The program invites students to develop a foundational understanding of the practice and profession of music therapy and to explore areas of specialization. Students are asked to immerse themselves in the Dimension of a Duquesne University education: to demonstrate their understanding and knowledge of music therapy; to engage in intellectual inquiry and communication; to develop ethically, morally, and spiritually; to become diversity and global minded; and to engage in leadership and service.

The Duquesne University Music Therapy student is passionate about music, invested in helping others and values self-reflection.

For further information about music therapy, please visit our Resource page.

For further information about the Duquesne University Music Therapy program, please contact Dr. Elaine Abbott, MT-BC. Also, please visit the Music Admissions page.