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Music Therapy

The Bachelor of Science in Music Therapy is your gateway to a career as a board-certified music therapist. At Duquesne university, we provide innovative and comprehensive training that connects your passion for music with your desire to improve the health and wellbeing of patients in a variety of clinical settings.

Our Program is Unique
  • Our Board-certified faculty are nationally recognized educators and researchers committed to mentoring students in their development as both clinicians and professionals.
  • Our music therapy program provides a vibrant and supportive learning community that encourages self-discovery, creative thinking, and individualized growth.
  • Students are active as musicians, performing in ensembles and taking private lessons from our GRAMMY Award-winning performance faculty, and leading community-engaged service and music-making activities.
  • Students are contributing citizens of Pittsburgh through community-engaged clinical practicums and service projects through the Music Therapy Student Association.
  • We help students develop a foundational understanding of the field while exploring the profession through music therapy clinical experiences beginning in the very first year of studies.
  • Students gain significant on-site clinical experience and have access to diverse opportunities for professional advancement through seminars, workshops, internships, and networking with healthcare and education professionals who are active in the field.
  • The Music Therapy Student Association connects students to publishers and professional organizations such as the American Music Therapy Association and the Mid-Atlantic Region of the American Music Therapy Association.
  • Our graduates succeed.

A degree in music therapy from the Mary Pappert School of Music will set you apart as a leader in the field and provide opportunities to work in different healthcare and education settings, including mental health programs, medical hospitals, pediatric hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, long-term skilled nursing facilities, hospice and palliative care programs, special education programs, and assisted-living facilities. For over 40 years, our graduates have been active and ambitious professionals, serving patients across the country, assuming a variety of leadership positions, and presenting at regional and national professional conferences.

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Admission to the Mary Pappert School of Music involves a 2-step process.  Applicants must first apply to Duquesne University. Once the application is submitted, applicants will then be prompted to schedule an audition and submit additional materials and documentation. Learn more about this process.

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