Graduates of the Capilano University Music Therapy program work with all age groups, with a wide range of physiological, cognitive and emotional disorders, in a variety of clinical settings, and in private practice. They are trained to work as part of a health care team.
Examples of the type of work done by Music Therapists:
Typically, new graduates work on contract – a few hours one morning, three hours the next afternoon, and a half day the following day to start with. These self-employed contract hours can be in a variety of settings. Students from this program graduate as generalists, and can work with a variety of people and disabilities. It can take up to nine months to a year to build sufficient contracts. This depends on motivation, geographic situation and resourcefulness.
As Music Therapists grow in their professionalism, knowledge and maturity, some of these contracts and positions expand, or the Music Therapist moves to a half-time, and sometimes full-time, position, for those who want to work full-time. The rate set by the Music Therapy Association of B.C. for contract work is $50 per hour (e.g. assuming the therapist gets that rate for every contact, $50/hour for 18 hours a week is around $45,000 per year, without any benefits). A full client load would be 18 to 30 hours a week on a contract basis. The remainder of the week is travelling, documentation, preparation, and evaluation. Other Music Therapists find quarter-, half- and full-time work in unionized workplaces. The starting wage in a B.C. unionized workplace is $25.85 per hour, which includes a variety of benefits, paid sick time, and paid vacation time. (e.g. $25.85/hour for 37.5 hours a week is $50,470 annually). That hourly rate can increase with experience and supervisory responsibilities. Please note, these annual income examples are for illustrative purposes only.
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