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Music Therapy

The MA in Music Therapy is a two-year fulltime 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. Students attend clinical placements throughout each semester of the course; these are usually offered at various sites in Ireland but sometimes can be offered abroad. Music therapy theory, research skills, sensitivity to cross-cultural issues and the use of the self in relating to others form the basis of studies to prepare students for work in the clinical practice context.

Entry requirements

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 pay guitar and piano, and sing competently. Ability to improvise on primary instrument. Relevent 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.

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application):

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:

•Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved

•Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above

•TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)

•IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5 with no less than 6 in any one component.

•English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1

•GCE 'O' level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above

•Cambridge Assessment English - Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade B

•GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6

Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements. Contact the International Education Division for advice

Duration

2 years full-time

Careers or further progression

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.

Further enquiries

Course Director
Dr Hilary Moss
Tel: +353 (0) 61 213122
Email 1: hilary.moss@ul.ie
Email 2: musictherapy@ul.ie

Subjects taught

Semester 1
• Arts in Health
• Clinical Orientation
• Arts-Informed Research
• Media and Music Technologies for Music Therapy

Options: students can choose one option from the list below

• Introduction to Somatics 1
• Colloquium 1
• Academic Literacies for International Postgraduate Students 1

Semester 2
• Music Therapy Practice 1
• Music Therapy Fieldwork Practice 1

Students can choose one option from the list below

• Colloquium 2
• Introduction to Somatics 2
• Interdisciplinary Practice

Year 2

Semester 3
• Music Therapy Project 1
• Music Therapy Practice 2
• Music Therapy Fieldwork Practice 2

Semester 4
• Seminar in Clinical Music Therapy
• Music Therapy Fieldwork Practice 3
• Music Therapy Final Project

Application date

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)

•English language qualification(s) (if English is not your first language)

•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 hilary.moss@ul.ie . All other files must be uploaded

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.

Course fee

An Application Fee of €35 (electronically) or €40 Bank Draft/Cheque will apply to all taught postgraduate programmes.

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: 09/Sep/2019

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