The graduate program at Western Michigan University includes the examination of current research and issues affecting the clinical, academic, and professional preparation of music therapists under the direction of three Board Certified Music Therapists on the faculty. Clinical application is also stressed culminating with the development of a "model of practice" in music therapy at a local facility. Course work in many other cognate areas is also available to the music therapy graduate student including counseling, occupational therapy, speech therapy, psychology, holistic health, and gerontology, among others.
Candidates for the Master of Music degree in music therapy must have an earned baccalaureate degree in music or its equivalent and either be board certified or working toward board certification. Graduate assistantships are available annually to qualified graduate students in music therapy. The duties of a graduate assistant include the teaching of lower level music therapy courses and clinical supervision of practicum courses.
Candidates must complete a preliminary examination in functional piano as well as in music history and music theory. No GRE scores or formal audition are required as part of the application process.