The Master in Music Therapy programme relies on three main pillars: musical competences, advanced music therapy skills and research.
During the Master's course, you will develop advanced musical knowledge and skills related to the professional practice of music therapy. The focus lies on the concept of (per)forming identity. Related subjects include music (therapeutic) improvisation and music technology. An important part of this process is the music therapy counseling, in which you explore and learn about yourself musically. Furthermore, you will be able to choose to develop a 'Community music therapy' project yourself. These projects offer the opportunity to improve leadership skills, as well as your musical competences.
You will develop advanced evidence-based music therapy skills to be applied with different and complex clinical populations. The music therapy subjects include the neuroscientific foundations of music therapy, neurologic music therapy (NMT), cognitive behavioral music therapy and advanced music therapy approaches. You will be encouraged and guided to develop or deepen into your own music therapy method or process. For this, a supervised internship or work experience during your study is a condition. Through our programme, you will be able to follow the training and fellowship in neurologic music therapy offered Academy of Neurologic Music Therapy.
A fundamental pillar of our MMT programme is the development of research skills. It is through research that you will contribute not only to the professional field of music therapy, but also to the field of health-related disciplines in general, with evidence for the effectiveness of music therapy treatment and innovative approaches in music therapy. Developing research skills and personalized tutorship are important components of our curriculum. Subjects, such as: evidence-based practice, research designs and data analysis, will support you in developing your individual research project in an area of personal interest.
The curriculum is designed around profiles that can be developed and deepened throughout the programme:
Our curriculum includes the following courses:
To conclude your degree-course, you will develop and conduct an original research study, in which learned course outcomes from the program will be integrated with your professional experience and development. With this research you will make a unique, original and creative contribution to the field of music therapy and to society. Along this process, specialized supervision and tutoring will be provided and you will have the opportunity to share your work with the open community at ArtEZ and beyond.
Since the beginning of 2018, ArtEZ Music Therapy started a co-operation with Connect by Music, an organisation that organises music projects for refugees (mainly child refugees) in the camps on Lesvos. The addition of music therapists to the existing permanent staff of Greek professional music teachers, creates the possibility to offer even more tailored support to the children. On some of the locations, Connect by Music only works with music therapists. The results after several sessions are really remarkable. Children are able to open themselves up again and connect with each other. By now music therapists from the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany, have joined the Connect by Music team on temporarily basis. Past period several students and alumni of ArtEZ Music Therapy were active at Lesvos. Read about the experiences of Lore Smits on Connect by Music