To complete a music therapy degree and become a registered music therapist, the student must complete his/her program at an institution outside the state of Nebraska. UNK has examined the programs of institutions in neighboring states and has designed a three-year program of courses that are similar to those needed and which will enable the student to complete the music therapy program with one additional year of academic study and a six month internship with a registered music therapist. However, a student transferring from a community college must be aware of the need to transfer again in order to complete the degree. The UNK program is intended to meet the requirements of most institutions, but a student should secure a catalog from the college or university to which he/she intends to transfer for the completion of the degree and use that as a guide in selection of courses at UNK. Students interested in music therapy may discover advantages in first completing a music degree (BA-Music; BM or BAEd-Music K-12) and then pursuing a graduate degree in music therapy.
Suggested community college program for the Pre-Music therapy program for transfer to the Department of Music and Performing Arts, University of Nebraska at Kearney follows the program for the music education degree.
In General Studies, students should choose courses in English composition, general biology, fundamentals of speech, contemporary economic issues, introduction to sociology or anthropology, general psychology, abnormal psychology, and human anatomy and kinesiology.
All students planning to major or minor in music must complete admission requirements as determined by the Department of Music and Performing Arts. Application for admission including audition must be submitted prior to enrollment. Music majors and minors must choose an area of applied music and meet the proficiency standards of the Department for admission and graduation. All new students will audition to determine their performance level. All incoming students, including transfer students, will also take placement tests in the areas of theory, ear-training, sight singing, piano skills, and performance.
For further information about the Pre-Music Therapy program, the availability of music scholarships, and entrance and scholarship audition dates, contact:
Dr. Valerie Cisler, Chair
Department of Music and Performing Arts
University of Nebraska at Kearney
Kearney, NE 68849