Music Therapy

The ArtEZ Academy of Music, ranked #1 in the Netherlands for it’s Bachelor’s in Music Therapy course, is excited to welcome you to it’s full-time and part-time international Master’s of Music Therapy programme.

Our Master of Music Therapy (MMT) programme, entirely taught in English language, offers professional music therapists the opportunity to advance and innovate their clinical and research expertise in the creative and international environment of ArtEZ University of the Arts. The MMT prepares you to develop expertise and innovative thinking in music therapy applied to clinical practice, community building, technology and research. If you have a degree in Music you may qualify for our one-year Pre-Master of Music Therapy course, which prepares you to apply for the Master of Music Therapy programme.

This is the Master of Music Therapy course at ArtEZ:

  • The MMT has a curriculum that focuses on providing you with advanced musical, clinical and research skills in evidence-based music therapy.
  • You will follow courses on music technology, advanced music therapy approaches, community music therapy, cognitive behavioral music therapy, musicality and improvisational skills, advanced counseling techniques, neurologic music therapy and the neuroscientific foundations of music therapy.
  • You will be able to develop your clinical expertise in areas of your interest.
  • ArtEZ provides opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations.
  • Training, tutoring and supervision by expert clinicians and professors is facilitated.
  • You will receive personalized tutorship, as well as research tutorship throughout your studies.
  • Adherence to international norms for a Master of Music Therapy, including the American Music Therapy Association and the NVvMT (Dutch Music Therapy Association).
  • Recognized by the National Flemish Accreditation Organization (NVAO) for its specialization in the evidence-based practice of Neurologic Music Therapy. After successful completion of this course, you will earn a certificate of professional affiliation from The Academy of Neurologic Music Therapy. 
  • The course takes place in the creative environment of the international ArtEZ Academy of Music Enschede.

Full-Time/Part-Time Status

The master programme can be completed on a full-time (1-year time, 60 ECTS) or part-time basis (2-years time,30/30 ECTS). Both versions start in the last week of August with three introduction days. Moreover, both versions are taught on weekly basis, both face to face and online. Lessons take place on Thursdays and Fridays for the full time version and Fridays for the part time version. The part-time course load is approximately 20 hours per week.

Furthermore, in the month of September the 4-day Neurologic Music Therapy Basic Training takes place at the Academy, which is part of the course curriculum of the Master of Music Therapy programme. In the month of April/Mai, the Academy of Neurologic Music Therapy holds the Fellowship Training in Neurologic Music Therapy. Our Master students can follow this training for a reduced fee.
Each academic year, a public event takes place, in which our students can present about their research and/or community music therapy projects to the general public.