The University of Louisville Music Therapy Program
Music therapy is the clinical and evidence-based practice of using music to address an individual’s treatment plan. Music therapy services can only be offered by a board-certified music therapist.
Music therapists address goals relating to the: physical, emotional, cognitive, and psycho-social needs of individuals using interventions like singing, playing instruments, movement, improvising, and songwriting. Individuals of all ages can benefit from music therapy. Research supports the efficacy of music therapy and continues to grow.
The music therapy program at the University of Louisville was established in 2000 and was the first to offer a music therapy program in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. We are approved by the American Music Therapy Association. The undergraduate and equivalency music therapy programs at UL prepare students to practice in a variety of clinical settings and to participate in research, program development, leadership, and advocacy opportunities. Students learn from a diverse and experienced faculty in partnership with outstanding and experienced music therapists in the Louisville community. Clinical training is an essential component of our curriculum. To learn more about our training sites click here.
We are also home of The UofL Music Therapy Clinic. The clinic is located within the school of music and is one of the only revenue producing music therapy clinics in the country. The clinic sees nearly 200 clients per week, both individual clients and groups at facilities. This allows students to have a wide variety of choices for practicum and clinical experiences. The clinic operates on a sliding fee scale in order to service a larger client base.
Research is an important aspect of our program, and we are proud to conduct music therapy research with our faculty, staff, students, and community partners.
- Completion of the Music Therapy program qualifies students to take the music therapy board certification examination and earn the Music Therapist-Board Certified (MT-BC) credential. The MT-BC is a National Certification. Licensure not required in Kentucky, but licensure may be required in other states, see: https://www.cbmt.org/state-requirements/
The School of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM): http://nasm.arts-accredit.org