Music Therapy

Degree Offered

Bachelor of Science in Music Therapy

The Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University offers the Bachelor's of Science in Music Therapy Degree. The National Association of Schools of Music accredits the program, and the American Music Therapy Association approves it.

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 supporting their work toward improved health.

Music therapists typically work with persons who have developmental disabilities, psychiatric diagnosis, and/or medical diagnosis. Music therapists find employment in different health care and education settings, for example mental health programs, medical hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, long-term skilled nursing facilities, hospice facilities, special education programs, and assisted-living facilities.

The Duquesne University Music Therapy program supports students to become board-certified music therapists. Throughout the program, students develop a foundational understanding of the practice and profession of music therapy and explore areas of practice through community practicum placements. The Duquesne University Music Therapy student is professional, passionate about music, invested in helping others, and values self-reflection.

For further information about music therapy, there are several resources listed below. For further information about the Duquesne University Music Therapy program, please contact Dr. Elaine Abbott, MT-BC and visit the Music Admissions page.

Music Therapy Resources


American Music Therapy Association
Australian Music Therapy Association
British Association for Music Therapy
Canadian Association for Music Therapy
Mid-Atlantic Region of American Music Therapy Association
The Association for Guided Imagery and Music
The Certification Board for Music Therapists
World Federation of Music Therapy

Music Therapy Publishers and Online Publications

Barcelona Publishers
Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Nordic Journal of Music Therapy
Voices: A World Forum of Music Therapy
West Music