Program Highlights

In Capilano University's Bachelor of Music Therapy program, you’ll learn from some of Canada's top educators, gaining the knowledge and skills to begin your own music therapy practice.

As a music therapist, you'll learn to use music as a transformative change agent in many different settings, including children with autism, adults with mental health challenges and the elderly with dementia.

Your music therapy training begins in the third year of the program, with the first two years of the program focusing in a variety of areas, including music and psychology. 

Through practicums and classroom learning, you'll train to design, implement and evaluate your own treatment programs and deepen your experience of music, creative expression and the role of arts in therapy.

We have hundreds of successful grads improving people's lives with their musical gifts, including Ruth Eliason, whose angelic voice comforts patients and families in the palliative care ward at St. Paul's Hospital in Saskatoon.

For more information about the Bachelor of Music Therapy program, contact us today. 


CampusTermsFull/Part Time
North VancouverFallFull-Time

Basis of Admission

Total credits: 45.00

ENGL 100University Writing Strategies3.00 credits
PSYC 100Introduction to Psychology I3.00 credits
PSYC 101Introduction to Psychology II3.00 credits
PSYC 204Child Development3.00 credits
ENGL 010Language Skills3.00 credits
ENGL 100University Writing Strategies3.00 credits
ENGL 103Introduction to Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 107Indigenous Literature and Film3.00 credits
ENGL 109Literature and Contemporary Culture3.00 credits
ENGL 112Reading, Writing, Dialogue: Entering Global Conversations3.00 credits
ENGL 190Introduction to Creative Writing3.00 credits
ENGL 191Creative Writing: Contemporary Practices3.00 credits
ENGL 200Literature in English from Beowulf to Paradise Lost3.00 credits
ENGL 201Literature in English after Paradise Lost3.00 credits
ENGL 203Canadian Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 205Modern American Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 207Literary Theory and Criticism3.00 credits
ENGL 208Studies in Fiction3.00 credits
ENGL 213World Literature in English3.00 credits
ENGL 217Literature on the Edge3.00 credits
ENGL 218The Art of Children's Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 219Reel Lit: Literature into Film3.00 credits
ENGL 260Writing Communities3.00 credits
ENGL 290Creative Writing: Letter and Line3.00 credits
ENGL 291Creative Writing: Narrative Fictions3.00 credits
ENGL 292Creative Writing: Children's Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 293Creative Writing: Creative Nonfiction3.00 credits
ENGL 295Special Topics in Creative Writing3.00 credits
ENGL 296Creative Writing: Writing for the Stage3.00 credits
ENGL 300Writing, Rhetoric, Style3.00 credits
ENGL 301Studies in Rhetoric3.00 credits
ENGL 302Studies in British Columbian Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 305Special Topics in Canadian Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 308Studies in British Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 311Studies in American Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 314Studies in National Literatures3.00 credits
ENGL 317Traditions in Western Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 320Global Literatures3.00 credits
ENGL 323Special Topics in Genre3.00 credits
ENGL 326Traditions in Poetry3.00 credits
ENGL 329Literature and Performance3.00 credits
ENGL 332Literature and Society3.00 credits
ENGL 335Electronic Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 338Literature and Media3.00 credits
ENGL 341Literature and Visual Culture3.00 credits
ENGL 344Literature and the Environment3.00 credits
ENGL 352Special Topics in British Literature, 1000-16603.00 credits
ENGL 353Special Topics in British Literature, 1660-18303.00 credits
ENGL 354Special Topics in British Literature, 1830-19703.00 credits
ENGL 356Special Topics in American Literature, 1620-18653.00 credits
ENGL 357Special Topics in American Literature, 1865-19703.00 credits
ENGL 358Special Topics in Contemporary Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 359Indigenous Literatures3.00 credits
ENGL 363Words in The World I: Genre and Form3.00 credits
ENGL 365Words in the World II: Cultures, Networks and Traditions3.00 credits
ENGL 367Land School3.00 credits
ENGL 369Foundations in Writing Pedagogy3.00 credits
ENGL 390Advanced Poetry and Poetics3.00 credits
ENGL 391Advanced Narrative Forms3.00 credits
ENGL 392Creative Writing: Creative Travel Writing3.00 credits
ENGL 393Creative Writing: Advanced Practices3.00 credits
ENGL 394Creative Writing: Performance3.00 credits
ENGL 395Creative Writing: Special Topics3.00 credits
ENGL 400Major Authors3.00 credits
ENGL 410Topics in Twentieth-Century Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 420Special Topics in Literary Theory3.00 credits
ENGL 435Electronic Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 463Words in the World III: Critical and Creative Formations3.00 credits
ENGL 464Capstone Project3.00 credits
ENGL 465Words in the World Practicum3.00 credits
ENGL 466Directed Reading3.00 credits
ENGL 467Honours Thesis6.00 credits
ENGL 490Directed Studies3.00 credits
ENGL 491Creative Writing: Directed Studies3.00 credits
PSYC 100Introduction to Psychology I3.00 credits
PSYC 101Introduction to Psychology II3.00 credits
PSYC 200Social Psychology3.00 credits
PSYC 201Group Dynamics3.00 credits
PSYC 203History of Psychology3.00 credits
PSYC 204Child Development3.00 credits
PSYC 205Adult Development and Aging3.00 credits
PSYC 206Adolescent Psychology3.00 credits
PSYC 207Lifespan Development3.00 credits
PSYC 212Research Methods in Psychology3.00 credits
PSYC 213Statistical Methods in Psychology3.00 credits
PSYC 215The Psychology of Human Sexuality3.00 credits
PSYC 220Theories of Personality3.00 credits
PSYC 222Abnormal Psychology3.00 credits
PSYC 225Biopsychology of Behaviour3.00 credits
PSYC 230Cognitive Psychology3.00 credits
PSYC 240Applied Psychology3.00 credits
PSYC 300Psychology of Interpersonal Relationships3.00 credits
PSYC 301Group Dynamics3.00 credits
PSYC 303History of Psychology3.00 credits
PSYC 304Child Development3.00 credits
PSYC 305Adult Development and Aging3.00 credits
PSYC 306Adolescent Psychology3.00 credits
PSYC 315The Psychology of Human Sexuality3.00 credits
PSYC 320Applied Psychology3.00 credits
PSYC 321Theories of Personality3.00 credits
PSYC 325Health Psychology3.00 credits
PSYC 326Positive Psychology3.00 credits
PSYC 327Workplace Psychology3.00 credits
PSYC 328Forensic Psychology3.00 credits
PSYC 330Thinking and Reasoning3.00 credits
PSYC 331Psychology and Language3.00 credits
PSYC 332Reconstructing the Past: The Psychology of Memory3.00 credits
PSYC 333Learning3.00 credits
PSYC 334Sensation and Perception3.00 credits
PSYC 335Motivation and Emotions3.00 credits
PSYC 336Neuropsychology3.00 credits
PSYC 337Drugs and Behaviour3.00 credits
PSYC 338Evolutionary Psychology3.00 credits
PSYC 340Psychology of Environmental Sustainability3.00 credits
PSYC 341Psychology of Religion and Spirituality3.00 credits
PSYC 342History of Psychology: Conceptions of Imagination3.00 credits
PSYC 343Psychology of Anomalous Experiences3.00 credits
PSYC 400Cultural Psychology3.00 credits
PSYC 401Indigenous Psychology3.00 credits
PSYC 412Applied Research Methods in Psychology3.00 credits
PSYC 413Applied Data Analysis in Psychology3.00 credits
PSYC 415Psychology and the Internet3.00 credits
PSYC 420Tests and Measurement3.00 credits
PSYC 422Clinical and Counselling Psychology3.00 credits
PSYC 430Service Learning Practicum4.00 credits
PSYC 440Contemporary Topics in Psychology3.00 credits
PSYC 480Honours Thesis6.00 credits
PSYC 490Directed Studies3.00 credits
Choose 3.00 credits from the following list:
Any University Transferable Elective 100-level or higher3.00 credits
Choose 3.00 credits from the following list:
BIOL 104Human Biology4.00 credits
PSYC 225Biopsychology of Behaviour3.00 credits
Science Elective or Math Elective 100-level or higher3.00 credits
Choose 6.00 credits from the following list:
Humanities 100-level or higher3.00 credits
Music 100-level or higher3.00 credits
Social Science 100-level or higher3.00 credits
Choose 3.00 credits from the following list:
JAZZ 130Theory of Tonal Music and Jazz I3.00 credits
MUS 100Theory I3.00 credits
Choose 3.00 credits from the following list:
JAZZ 131Theory of Tonal Music and Jazz II3.00 credits
MUS 101Theory II3.00 credits
Choose 1.50 credits from the following list:
JAZZ 184Ear Training/Sight Singing I1.50 credits
MUS 112Ear Training and Sight Singing I1.50 credits
Choose 1.50 credits from the following list:
JAZZ 185Ear Training/Sight Singing II1.50 credits
MUS 113Ear Training and Sight Singing II1.50 credits
Choose 3.00 credits from the following list:
JAZZ 174Jazz History I1.50 credits
JAZZ 175Jazz History II1.50 credits
JAZZ 271Music History I3.00 credits
MUS 120Music History I3.00 credits
Choose 3.00 credits from the following list:
JAZZ 274Studies in Music History I1.50 credits
JAZZ 275Studies in Music History II1.50 credits
MUS 121Music History II3.00 credits


First Term

Total credits: 18.00

MT 320Improvisation I1.50 credits
MT 330Clinical Skills3.00 credits
MT 350The Influence of Music3.00 credits
MT 360Music Therapy I3.00 credits
MT 364Health Conditions of Adulthood3.00 credits
MT 380Counselling and Interpersonal Skills1.50 credits
Choose 3.00 credits from the following list:


Second Term

Total credits: 15.50

MT 361Music Therapy II3.00 credits
MT 370Health Conditions of Childhood1.50 credits
MT 391Practicum I4.00 credits
MT 420Improvisation II - Guitar1.00 credits
PSYC 222Abnormal Psychology3.00 credits
Choose 3.00 credits from the following list:


Third Term

Total credits: 14.50

MT 450Music and the Creative Arts I1.50 credits
MT 460Music Therapy III3.00 credits
MT 490Practicum II4.00 credits
PSYC 201Group Dynamics3.00 credits
Choose 3.00 credits from the following list:


Fourth Term

Total credits: 16.00

MT 451Music and the Creative Arts II1.50 credits
MT 461Music Therapy IV3.00 credits
MT 480Improvisation III1.50 credits
MT 491Practicum III4.00 credits
Choose 3.00 credits from the following list:
MT 462Principles of Research3.00 credits
PSYC 212Research Methods in Psychology3.00 credits
PSYC 213Statistical Methods in Psychology3.00 credits
Choose 3.00 credits from the following list:


Post Basic Program Requirements

Total credits: 15.00

MT 511Pre-Professional Practicum15.00 credits


Total program credits: 124.00

Program Notes

Students starting in their baccalaureate degree on or after Fall 2018 and graduating on or after June 2022 must meet Cap Core graduation requirements in addition to their program requirements.

Important Dates

Application Dates

Oct 1, 2019 - May 5, 2020

Course Registration & Waitlisting Starts

Jul 6, 2020

Fee Payment Deadline

Aug 24, 2020 4:00 PM

Note: Dates are subject to change.

How to apply

  1. Check the admissions requirements.
  2. Check the application and document deadlines for your program.
  3. Complete and submit your application through EducationPlannerBC.
    1. Upload all your required/supporting official documents.
    2. Pay your application fee.
  4. Admissions will review your application and contact you.

Admission Requirements

Learn more about Music Therapy

The Bachelor of Music Therapy program begins in year three. A specific collection of music, psychology and other courses make up the first two years.

If you are attending Capilano University for the first two years, either in the program or the program, you are encouraged to use the “Program Requirements” section of the program website.

If you are attending a music school at a college or university of your choice, you are encouraged to use the Prerequisite Worksheet in the Music Therapy Information and Application Package. The package is intended as a guide for anyone considering entry to third year of the Bachelor of Music Therapy program.

In most cases, applicants to third year music therapy complete the equivalent of a diploma in music while taking the required non-music courses as electives, though a diploma is not a requirement for entry to third year.

Career Path: The Capilano University Music Therapy program prepares students for a career as a music therapist, with an emphasis on clinical skills, musicianship, self-awareness and professionalism.

While there are full- and half-time career opportunities for music therapists, most of the available work is in contract employment. The Capilano University prepares you for a variety of employment and population settings.

Application Portfolio deadline: April 15 each year. Please see the Music Therapy Information and Application Package for details on the application portfolio.

Audition-interviews: All students planning to enter the Bachelor of Music Therapy program must submit an application portfolio and participate in an audition-interview in May each year. 

Please see the Music Therapy Information and Application Package for details on the application portfolio. Students will receive notification of their acceptance or non-acceptance to the Music Therapy program by May 31.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to:

  • read through the Music Therapy Information and Application Package;
  • have a conversation with the Program Coordinator (in-person, telephone, video conference or email);
  • shadow, observe or volunteer with a certified music therapist;
  • review the selection criteria mentioned in the information package and consider a self-assessment of your strengths and areas that may need improvement.

CapU Music Therapy program as distinctive: The Capilano University Music Therapy program was the first training program of its kind in Canada in 1978, and continues as the longest running program.

The program includes instructors with decades of music therapy clinical experience, the largest team of music therapy instructors of any Canadian program, a Private Music Instructor model that assists in developing your musicianship and therapist identity, practica in all but the first semester that bring together your classroom learning with real world clients, and an approach to music therapy that offers repertoire, improvisation and counselling so that you’re prepared for the working world of music therapy when you graduate.

Criminal Record Clearance: A Criminal Record Clearance, by the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General, is required for the practicum courses in the music therapy program. Please do not obtain one from the RCMP. The Program Coordinator will arrange the required Criminal Record Check for those students accepted to third year.

For the official publication of programs, course descriptions and admission requirements please view the Capilano University Calendar (pdf).

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