The MA in Music Therapy is a two-year full-time programme of study which prepares graduates for professional practice as a music therapist. The course requires a high level of music skill at entry allowing students to make the transition to the use of these music skills in therapeutic work with a range of client groups in different contexts.
The MA in Music Therapy is the only postgraduate course of its kind in Ireland.
• Arts in Health
• Clinical Orientation
• Arts-Informed Research
• Media Technologies for Performing Arts and Arts Research
• Independent Study 2
Options: students can choose one option from the list below
• Introduction to Somatics 1
• Colloquium 1
• Interdisciplinary Improvisation
• Music Therapy Practice 1
• Music Therapy Fieldwork Practice 1
Students can choose two options from the list below
• Colloquium 2
• Introduction to Somatics 2
• Music Therapy Project 1
• Music Therapy Practice 2
• Music Therapy Fieldwork Practice 2
• Seminar in Clinical Music Therapy
• Music Therapy Fieldwork Practice 3
• Music Therapy Final Project
A high level of music skills in performance. A degree qualification (Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland) or equivalent in any of the following; music, psychology, health sciences, medicine, education or related discipline. Ability to play guitar and piano, and sing competently. Ability to improvise on primary instrument. Relevant Work Experience (paid or voluntary) of working with vulnerable populations in health or social care settings. A willingness to engage with the personal development opportunities in the course through attending the self-funded psychotherapy component. An interview/audition will be offered to short-listed candidates who will be required to perform pieces on their first instrument and sing at least one song accompanying themselves on piano and guitar. It is not possible to enter the course without successfully completing the audition process.
Garda clearance is also required for this programme.
What to Include with your Application - Please note you must upload these documents with your application as supporting information in order to have your application considered.
Qualification transcripts and/or certificates (including certified English translations if applicable)
A copy of your birth certificate/passport
2 letters of references
A Supporting Statement (maximum 1 x A4 page) outlining (1) why you wish to undertake the MA in Music Therapy (2) Relevant work or voluntary experience you believe is relevant to your application (3) Musical experience and (4) any other information you feel supports your application.
A short recording (max 5 minutes) of yourself with 2 musical excerpts (1) playing their primary instrument; then (2) singing accompanied by either piano or guitar. Recordings can be sent by .mp4 or .mov or via a youtube or vimeo link. - Please note that ONLY music audio and video files that cannot be uploaded can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org . All other files must be uploaded
If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice
If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided:
• English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
• English language competency certificate
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Applicants from Ireland and the UK are expected to attend for audition in person. Applicants from other countries will be expected to audition via telephone/Skype interview. Accompanists are not provided for the audition. Should an accompanist be required then it is up the candidate to arrange and fund this themselves.
Note: Due to Covid-19 restrictions, any interviews or auditions (as required by the Course Director) during the application process will now take place virtually.
2 years full-time
An Application Fee of €35 (electronically) or €40 Bank Draft/Cheque will apply to all taught postgraduate programmes.
Start Date: 09/Sep/2019
Post Course Info
Graduates of the MA in Music Therapy have attained successful careers in the health and education services in Ireland and abroad. Graduates work in special schools, nursing homes, hospice services, residential services for adults with intellectual disability and adults who have acquired brain injury.