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, visit learn more about Music Therapy or contact us today. 

Intakes

CampusTermsFull/Part Time
North VancouverFallFull-Time

Basis of Admission

Total credits: 45.00

Required:
ENGL 100University Writing Strategies3.00 credits
PSYC 100Introduction to Psychology I3.00 credits
PSYC 101Introduction to Psychology II3.00 credits
PSYC 304Child Development3.00 credits
Required:
ENGL 100-level or higher3.00 credits
PSYC 200-level or higher (excluding PSYC 212, 213, 222 or 301)3.00 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

Required:
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:
PMI Private Music Instruction - Concentration2.00 credits
PMI Private Music Instruction - Secondary1.00 credits

 

Second Term

Total credits: 15.50

Required:
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:
PMI Private Music Instruction - Concentration2.00 credits
PMI Private Music Instruction - Secondary1.00 credits

 

Third Term

Total credits: 14.50

Required:
MT 450Music and the Creative Arts I1.50 credits
MT 460Music Therapy III3.00 credits
MT 490Practicum II4.00 credits
PSYC 301Group Dynamics3.00 credits
Choose 3.00 credits from the following list:
PMI Private Music Instruction - Concentration2.00 credits
PMI Private Music Instruction - Secondary1.00 credits

 

Fourth Term

Total credits: 16.00

Required:
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:
PMI Private Music Instruction - Concentration2.00 credits
PMI Private Music Instruction - Secondary1.00 credits

 

Post Basic Program Requirements

Total credits: 15.00

Required:
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.

Continuation in the Music Therapy program is contingent upon a successful level of completion in academic, clinical and personal areas, as jointly assessed by faculty each term. Consult the program coordinator or the Music Therapy Student Handbook for more information.

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

Application Dates

Oct 6, 2020 - May 4, 2021

Course Registration & Waitlisting Starts

Jul 5, 2021

Fee Payment Deadline

Aug 24, 2021 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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Contact

Have questions about this program?

School of Allied Health


604 986 1911  , ext. 2307
mtherapy@capilanou.ca

Student Information Services


604 984 4900
604 984 1798 (fax)
Birch Building, room BR230
registration@capilanou.ca