Bachelor of Music Therapy

32.00 courses are required for graduation, subject to current restrictions on residency, fractional credit, transfer credit, and course load. Except where noted, individual courses may be counted toward multiple requirements. Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Music Therapy degree will complete 14 courses outside music.

First-Year Seminar in Critical Inquiry (1 course)

Students will complete the First-Year Seminar in Critical Inquiry in their first semester.

Writing Requirement (1-2 courses)

  1. Students will demonstrate basic writing proficiency in their first year through placement examination or completion of the College Writing Tutorial.
  2. Students will complete a course designated as Writing Intensive (W) in any semester between the completion of the First-Year Seminar and second semester of the junior year.

Studies in Cultural Difference (1 course)

Students will complete a course (C) that examines either a culture outside the United States or the culture of an American minority group (e.g., African American, Asian American, Hispanic or Latino American, Native American). Courses may be taught in English or in a foreign language.

Religious Perspectives (1 course)

Students will complete a course (R) from any department or program that examines the religious dimension of humankind in relation to issues of cultural, social, historical, or ethical significance (R).

Note: A student may not use the same course in fulfillment of both the Studies in Cultural Difference requirement and the Religious Perspectives requirement.

Quantitative Reasoning (1 course)

Students will demonstrate basic quantitative proficiency through completion of a course (Q) that involves a substantial element of quantitative reasoning.

History and Social Sciences (2 courses)

Students will complete two approved courses in Political Science, History, or Economics. [A student may not use these courses in fulfillment of the Studies in Cultural Difference requirement or the Religious Perspectives requirement.]

Psychology (3 courses)

Students will complete Psychology 10000, 21200, and 25000. Please note: the PSCYH-25000 requirement will also fulfill the College-wide requirement for a course in Quantitative Reasoning (Q).

Natural Sciences (1 course)

Students will complete a course dealing with human anatomy.

Sociology (1 course)

Students will complete SOCI 10000

Education (1 course)

Students will complete EDUC 20000.

Learning in the Major (23.0 courses)


  • MUSC 10100 (Theory I)
  • MUSC 10200 (Theory II)
  • MUSC 20100 (Theory III)
  • MUSC 20200 (Theory IV)
  • MUSC 30100 (Theory V)
  • MUSC 30300 (Basic Conducting)
  • MUSC 30500 (Orchestration)


MUSC 21200 (History I), MUSC 21300 (History II), and a period/topics course, typically MUSC 19900 (Special Topics in Music) or MUSC 31100 (Seminar in Music Literature)


MUSC 19000 (Introduction to Music Therapy) and MUSC 19100 (Recreational Music Programming and Leadership), each for .5 course credit; MUSC 29100 (Music Therapy in Psychiatry and Rehabilitation); MUSC 29200 (Music Therapy with the Developmentally Disabled) for 1 course credit; MUSC 29300 (Practicum I in Music Therapy), MUSC 294 (Practicum II in Music Therapy), and MUSC 295 (Advanced Practicum in Music Therapy), each for .25 course credit; MUSC 392 (Psychology of Music) and MUSC 393 (Research Seminar in Music Therapy), each for .5 course credit; and MUSC 394 (Program Development and Administration in Music Therapy) for 1 course credit, and MUSC  410 (Internship) for .25 course credit


MUSC 280 (Introduction to Music Technology)


  1. Group Music — 0.75 course credit
    Six semesters (.125 course credit per semester per group) of participation in the following: ensemble, orchestra, band, choir, accompanying, including at least two semesters of participation in Wooster Singers or Wooster Chorus.
  2. Class Instruments and Voice — 1.75 courses
    MUSC 17000 (Class Voice), (Percussion), MUSC 17800 (Functional Guitar), MUSC 370 (Vocal Pedagogy), and MUSC 37200 (Functional Piano)
  3. Applied Music — 3.500 courses
    The remainder is to be taken in performance areas depending upon the pre-college preparation of the student. Keyboard skills must be sufficient to satisfy the Piano Proficiency requirement. Each student is required to give a half recital of 25-30 minutes of music in either the junior or senior year. The recital is to be performed after a successful jury examination covering preparation and competence.

Special Notes:

Music Theory 10100 and 10200 require concurrent enrollment in a quarter-credit Class Piano course (MUSC 18100/18200) unless the student places out of this requirement; therefore, Music Therapy majors who test out of Class Piano will not have this 0.50 course credit required.