Bachelor of Music Therapy Degree

Faculty of Education, Health & Human Development
School of Allied Health


Program Highlights

Music Therapy combines strong musicianship and people skills through a variety of techniques and skills.

In CapU's Bachelor of Music Therapy program you'll gain knowledge and skills in music therapy and practice; clinical disorders; assessment, planning, intervention and documentation; improvisation; cultural awareness; counselling skills and group dynamics; and basic research.

You'll have a practicum placement each semester, where you'll apply classroom learning in a clinical setting.

Learn to design, implement and evaluate your own treatment programs and deepen your experience of music, creative expression and the role of the arts in therapy.


CampusTermsFull/Part Time
North VancouverFallFull-Time

Tuition and Fees Per Year

Domestic Students
Year Tuition Fees Total
Year 1$2,605 $1,125 $3,730
Year 2$3,257 $1,163 $4,420
Year 3$7,124 $1,201 $8,325
Year 4$6,733 $1,198 $7,931
Year 5$1,954 $720 $2,674
Total$21,673 $5,407 $27,080

Note: Fees are subject to change. Some programs have fees for supplies and equipment that aren’t included in the estimate. To get an idea of what you’ll pay to study at CapU, try out our Tuition & Fees Estimator.

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 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 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 305Studies 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 320World Literature in Translation3.00 credits
ENGL 323Studies 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 390Advanced Poetry and Poetics3.00 credits
ENGL 391Advanced Narrative Forms3.00 credits
ENGL 395Special Topics in Creative Writing3.00 credits
ENGL 400Major Authors3.00 credits
ENGL 410Topics in Twentieth-Century Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 420Topics in Literary Theory3.00 credits
ENGL 490Directed Studies3.00 credits
ENGL 491Directed Studies in Creative Writing3.00 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 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 300Psychology of Interpersonal Relationships3.00 credits
PSYC 320Applied Psychology3.00 credits
PSYC 325Health Psychology3.00 credits
PSYC 330Thinking and Reasoning3.00 credits
PSYC 332Reconstructing the Past: The Psychology of Memory3.00 credits
PSYC 335Feelings and Emotions3.00 credits
PSYC 340Conservation Psychology3.00 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 415Psychology and the Internet3.00 credits
PSYC 422Approaches to Treatment and Psychotherapy3.00 credits
PSYC 440Contemporary Topics in Psychology3.00 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 462Principles of Research3.00 credits
MT 480Improvisation III1.50 credits
MT 491Practicum III4.00 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

May 1, 2018 - May 7, 2019

Course Registration & Waitlisting Starts

Jul 8, 2019

Fee Payment Deadline

Aug 19, 2019 4:00 PM

Note: Dates are subject to change.

Admission Requirements

45 specific university transfer course credits as listed in the Basis of Admission section of the program requirements.

Capilano English Language Requirement for students whose primary language is not English: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): paper=560, internet=83, or English Language Assessment (ELA)=145, or International English Language Testing System (Academic IELTS)=6.5 overall, and no one score less than 6, or Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL)=70, or Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic)=56 or Capilano University EAP 100 and 101 with a minimum B+ grade in each course.

Audition and portfolio

For the official publication of programs, course descriptions and admission requirements please view the Capilano University 2018-2019 Calendar (pdf).


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