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Master of Music Therapy Degree Program

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Master of Music Therapy Degree Program

    Master of Music Therapy Degree Program

    College of Health Sciences

    Georgia College & State University

    STUDENT HANDBOOK

    2011-2012

    (Revised August 11, 2011)

    Master of Music Therapy Degree Program Student Handbook

    Table of Contents

Welcome…………………………………………………………………. . 3

    Faculty…………………………………………………………………….. 4

    Mission Statement, Philosophy, Accreditation and

     Affiliations, Areas of Concentration...................................................... 5 Regular & Provisional Admission Requirements ....................................... 6 Equivalency/Master Admission Requirements, Master Admissions

     Requirements/Steps in Completing the Master of Music Therapy ...... 7

    Thesis/Final Clinical Project Graduate Committee ..................................... 7 Graduate Committee Guidelines ................................................................ 8 Graduate Thesis/Final Project Guideline .................................................... 9 Program of Study…………………. ......................................................... 11

    Music Therapy Master’s Program Courses .............................................. 12

    Suggested Program of Study Time-Line .................................................. 14 Comprehensive Examination, Graduate Committee ................................. 15 Directing Inquiries Regarding Graduate Education in Health

     Sciences, Master of Music Therapy Degree Program Policies ............. 16 On-Campus Seminars, Goals of the On-Campus Seminars ...................... 17 Thesis/Final Clinical Project Proposal Form ............................................ 18 Proposal Acceptance ................................................................................ 19 Signature Page Form ................................................................................ 21

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    Welcome

    Welcome to Georgia College & State University, College of Health Sciences, and Music Therapy. You have chosen a graduate program that is innovative, individualized and designed to meet your life needs. The competencies you gained in your undergraduate studies, music therapy or music-related, will be the foundation for preparing you as a clinician, scholar, and a leader in the profession of music therapy.

    The core music therapy courses are on-line. This gives you the autonomy to apply your assignments in your natural work environment or to complete them during times that do not interfere with your other responsibilities.

    My “door” is always open. Come to me anytime you have questions, want to discuss the course, or just to talk about music therapy. I remember while I was in clinical practice, and the only music therapist at the facility, wanting other “like minds” to talk with

    about our profession.

    I look forward to guiding you as you advance your knowledge and skills.

Sincerely,

Chesley Mercado, Ed.D., MT-BC

    Chair of Music Therapy

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    Music Therapy Faculty

    Chesley S. Mercado, Ed.D., MT-BC

    Associate Professor & Chair of Music Therapy

    Georgia College & State University

    Campus Box 067

    Milledgeville, Georgia 31061

    chesley.mercado@gcsu.edu

    Office: Health Sciences, Room 132

    Telephone: 478-445-2645

    Fax: 478-445-2645

    Douglas Keith, Ph.D., MT-BC Associate Professor of Music Therapy Georgia College & State University

    Campus Box 067

    Milledgeville, Georgia 31061

    Office: Health Sciences, Room 133

    Telephone: 478-445-2123

    Fax: 478-445-2645

Vicky Robinson, MS, MT-BC

    Instructor of Music Therapy Georgia College & State University

    Campus Box 067

    Milledgeville, Georgia 31061

    Office: Health Sciences, Room 134

    Telephone: 478-445-2264

    Fax: 478-445-2645

    MUSIC THERAPY STAFF

    Phillis Brown, Administrative Assistant

    Room 130

    Telephone: 478-445-2264

    Fax: 478-445-2645

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    Master of Music Therapy Degree Program (MMT)

    Mission Statement

    The Master of Music Therapy degree program prepares students as clinicians, scholars, and leaders in the profession of Music Therapy by providing theoretical, research and practical base for meeting the changing needs of clientele.

    Philosophy

    Graduate education provides the opportunity to acquire an advanced theoretical, research, and practical base for meeting the changing needs, nationally and internationally, of the people served by music therapists.

    Students may choose to focus on a specific area of concentration or choose a general track of study. The program is offered in an asynchronous learning format designed specifically to meet the needs of music therapists whose practice, family, or other life commitments may preclude the possibility of study on a full-time basis in a fixed time and geographic place. By means of online education, teleconferencing, and videoconferencing, this program permits the establishment of virtual collaborative learning communities not limited by geographic constraints. Periodic on-campus visits are mandatory as part of the degree program.

    Accreditation and Affiliations

    The Master of Music Therapy Degree Program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and approved by the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA).

    Areas of Concentration

    Developmental Disabilities and Special Education

    Mental/Physical Health

    Women’s Issues

    Multicultural/International

    General/ Administration

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MASTER OF MUSIC THERAPY (M.M.T.)

    The Master of Music Therapy degree advances students from competencies achieved in undergraduate studies to competencies which are in-depth, analytic, interdisciplinary, and global. The program prepares students as clinicians, scholars, and leaders in the profession of Music Therapy. Graduate education provides the opportunity to acquire an advanced theoretical, research, and practical base for meeting the changing needs, nationally and internationally, of the people served by Music Therapists. Students may choose to focus on a specific area of concentration. The program is offered in an asynchronous learning format designed specifically to meet the needs of music therapists whose practice, family, or other life commitments may preclude the possibility of study on a full-time basis in a fixed time and geographic place. By means of on line education, teleconferencing and videoconferencing, this program permits the establishment of virtual collaborative learning communities not limited by geographic constraints. On-campus visits twice per semester and one intensive summer residency are mandatory as part of the degree program.

ACCREDITATION AND AFFILIATIONS

    The Master of Music Therapy Degree Program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and approved by the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA).

CHANGE IN TUITION RATE:

    All students accepted in the Master of Music Therapy Program are eligible for in-state tuition. (This does not apply to Equivalency students.)

REGULAR ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

    Depending on the admission test one selects, the following formula is used to determine eligibility for regular admission:

    ; GRE score (verbal + quantitative) + [GPA (upper division) X 100] = 1200

    or more

    ; MAT score (minimum 385) + [GPA (upper division) X 100] = 700 or more In addition to meeting the formula for admission, applicants must:

    ; Have an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.

    ; In person or video interview and audition (submitted with application).

    ; Have completed a bachelor’s degree in music therapy, including an

     internship in an approved program, or have completed a degree

     equivalency program, including an internship in an approved program.

    ; Show evidence of certification with the CBMT or evidence of completion of

     internship.

    ; Provide 2 letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional

     references

    ; Have access to a computer with Internet connection. Due to rapid

     changes, specific computer system requirements will be specified upon

     acceptance.

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     If taking the GRE after August 2011, the following regular admission requirements apply:

    ; GRE score (Verbal & Qualitative) + [GPA (upper division) x 100] = 620

     or more (40 points)

    ; Have an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale. (20 points)

    ; In-person or video interview and audition submitted with application (30

     points)

    ; Provide 2 letters of recommendation (10 points)

Regular admission 60 points and above.

PROVISIONAL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

    Students will be eligible for provisional admission in the following circumstances:

    ; GRE score (verbal + quantitative) + [GPA (upper division) X 100] = 1100

     to 1199

    ; MAT score (minimum 385) + [GPA (upper division) X 100] = 660-669

    To gain regular admission, provisional students must complete 12 hours of graduate coursework at GCSU with no less than a “B” in each course approved by the Graduate Coordinator and by the Chair of the Music Therapy Department.

    Admission to the Music Therapy Program is highly competitive and may be limited based on availability of qualified faculty and maintaining student to faculty ratios required by accreditation standards. All students may not be admitted. Many agencies where clinical and practical experiences take place require students to undergo a criminal background check, urine drug screens and to meet the CDC standards

    for immunizations for health care professionals. Students desiring to enter a Music Therapy Program should consider these requirements. Agencies may refuse any student based on inability to meet these guidelines or other agency guidelines. Refusal of an agency to accept a student may delay or prevent a student from completing a program. Certification agencies may also refuse to license individuals who have committed certain criminal acts or other acts of moral turpitude.

    If taking the GRE after August 2011, the following Provisional admission requirements apply:

    Scoring lower than 60 points. Students scoring under 40 points may not be admitted. To gain regular admission, provisional students must complete 12 hours of graduate coursework at GC with no less than a "B" in each course approved by the Graduate Coordinator and by the Chair of the Music Therapy Department.

    Admission to the Music Therapy Program is highly competitive and may be limited based on availability of qualified faculty and maintaining student to faculty ratios required by accreditation standards. All students may not be admitted. Many agencies where clinical and practical experiences take place require students to undergo a criminal background check, urine drug screens and to meet the CDC standards for immunizations for health care professionals. Students desiring to enter a Music Therapy Program should consider these requirements. Agencies may refuse any student based on inability to meet these guidelines or other agency guidelines. Refusal of an agency to accept a student may delay or prevent a student from completing a program. Revised 08/11/11 7

    Certification agencies may also refuse to license individuals who have committed certain criminal acts or other acts of moral turpitude.

REQUIREMENTS OF INTERVIEW AND AUDITION (IN PERSON OR VIA

    VIDEO)

    Interview:

    ; Discuss your motivation for applying to GC Master of Music Therapy

     Program.

    ; Discuss your previous experiences in Music Therapy or other helping

     professions.

    ; Discuss your professional and/or clinical areas of interest.

    ; Discuss your experience in areas of research.

    Audition:

    ; Perform three (3) pieces using guitar and singing while playing. Should

     demonstrate a variety of picking styles and chord structures. Minimum

     of three (3) different chords and demonstration of barr chords*

    ; Perform three (3) pieces using piano and singing while playing. Should

     demonstrate a variety of accompaniment patterns. Minimum of three (3)

     different chords.

    ; Perform two (2) pieces on principle instrument.

    Selections should reflect a variety of genres (including but not limited to classical, popular, jazz, and different eras).

    ; If no guitar experience, please state this during the audition and use another

     accompanying instrument. Examples include: autoharp, QChord, ukulele

ACADEMIC DISMISSAL POLICY

    A graduate student will be placed on graduate academic probation if the student's institutional graduate grade point average falls below a 3.00 at any point during his or her graduate studies.

    A graduate student will be dismissed if the student is placed on academic probation for more than one semester, receives more than one C during his or her graduate studies, or fails to comply with policy, procedures, and expectations as defined in the current version of the Master of Music Therapy Graduate Handbook.

    EQUIVALENCY/MASTER ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

    Students may be admitted jointly to the Degree Equivalency/Master of Music Therapy Program. The Degree Equivalency Program must be completed on the GC campus and consists of undergraduate preparatory music therapy courses. Courses for the Master of Music Therapy Program may be taken concurrently and are limited the first academic year to MUST 5000 and supportive field courses.

    Students must:

    ; Be eligible for admission to the Degree Equivalency Program (See

     undergraduate catalog for requirements)

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    ; Have an undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.75 on a 4.00 scale

    ; Have successfully completed the GRE, or MAT according to guidelines

     above.

    In addition to meeting the formula for admission, applicants must:

    ; In person or video interview and audition (submitted with application). * See

    above requirements.

    ; Have completed a bachelor's degree in a music related field.

    ; Provide 2 letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional

     references.

    ; Have access to a computer with Internet connection. Due to rapid changes,

     specific computer system requirements will be specified upon acceptance.

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    Music Therapy Graduate Committee Guidelines

    Chair of the Committee

    The Chair of the student’s graduate committee is a Music Therapy graduate faculty. The

    duties and responsibilities are as follows:

    1) The student reports directly to the Chair. This person will formally invite in

    writing the 2 members of the committee to participate. One member is a Music

    Therapy graduate faculty. The second member is chosen by the student. 2) The Chair and the student will set a defense date and time in conjunction with the

    committee.

    3) The student will send the Proposal directly to the Chair. The Chair will distribute

    the proposal to the committee and request that revisions and recommendations be

    sent to the chair. The chair will send all documents and suggestions to the student

    with approval to continue or request for revisions before progressing. 4) The student will send a minimum of 4 progress reports to the Chair. This schedule

    is determined by the student in conjunction with the Chair. The Chair may

    respond to the progress reports individually or if questions or concerns arise send

    these to the full committee.

    5) The student will send a copy of the first draft of the document to the Chair no

    later than 6 weeks before the scheduled defense date. The Chair will send the

    document to the full committee for review with a requested turn around time of 1

    week.

    6) The Chair will send all committee members’ revisions and editing to the student

    as attachments or in the mail if needed.

    7) The student will send the Chair a second revision no later than 4 weeks before the

    defense date. The Chair will make any necessary revisions and return to the

    student. Other committee members may be consulted if needed but not mandatory.

    Committee Members

    1) Committee members will receive from the Chair of the Committee the student’s

    proposal and a proposal acceptance form. The committee member will make any

    recommendations and suggestions and return the proposal acceptance form to the

    Chair.

    2) Committee members will receive the first draft of the student’s document from

    the Chair no later than 6 weeks before the scheduled defense date. Committee

    members are asked to edit, make recommendations, and comments and return the

    document with edits to the Chair in a timely manner (1 week is suggested). 3) The Chair will consult with Committee members as needed throughout the

    process.

    4) Committee members will attend the defense in person or via video conferencing.

    Committee members will receive a copy of the bound document.

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