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Music Therapy

Pre- Music Therapy

Whether you study here for one year, two years, or for an entire degree, King's is a great place to prepare for future professional studies. Begin your studies in a faith-based environment before continuing your education elsewhere.

What is Music Therapy?

Music therapy is an established healthcare profession that uses music to address physical, emotional, cognitive, social, and spiritual needs of individuals of all ages. Music therapy improves the quality of life for people who are well and meets the needs of children and adults with disabilities or illnesses. Music therapy is designed to do the following: 

  • Promote wellness 
  • Manage stress 
  • Alleviate pain 
  • Express feelings 
  • Enhance memory 
  • Enhance cognitive functioning 
  • Improve communication 
  • Promote physical rehabilitation 
  • Improve socialization 
  • Improve quality of life 


Opportunities include becoming a music therapist, helping clients improve their health by using music experiences (e.g. free improvisation, singing, songwriting, listening to and discussing music, moving to music, etc.) to achieve treatment goals and objectives. Music therapists are active team members in schools, hospitals, rehabilitative facilities, outpatient clinics, day care treatment centres, agencies serving developmentally challenged persons, mental health centres, drug and alcohol programs, senior centres, nursing homes, hospice programs, correctional facilities, halfway houses, and in private practice.

Music Therapy: Capilano University (North Vancouver)

Bachelor of Music Therapy (4 years)

Students can transfer into this program after two years of study. To meet the requirements of this program, King’s students should enrol in a BA with a Music Major and a Psychology Minor.

Admissions requirement: 

  • An audition demonstrating piano, guitar, and voice competency and portfolio 

Music Therapy: Canadian Mennonite University (Winnipeg)

Bachelor of Music Therapy (4 years)

Students can transfer into the third year of this program after two years of study in a Bachelor of Music program. 

Admissions requirements: 

  • Two years' study in a BMus program 
  • An interview and audition demonstrating piano, guitar, and voice competency 
  • The completion of introductory level psychology and music courses. 

Additional Music Therapy Programs

Acadia University (Wolfville, NS) 
Concordia University (Montreal, QC)
Wilfrid Laurier University (Waterloo, ON)

Additional Information 

Canadian Association for Music Therapy
American Music Therapy Association
World Federation of Music Therapy

Recommended first degree at King's:

Bachelor of Music,
Bachelor of Arts

Begin your career in Music Therapy today.

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