Admissions

music therapy class in the Moody Music BuildingAuditions & Scholarships

To enroll in any music major, including music therapy, you must be admitted to the university and the music therapy program. The music therapy program requires an audition. Audition materials must be uploaded by March 1.

Students who audition by early March for admission are automatically considered for music therapy scholarships. Students are also eligible for university-wide scholarships. See www.scholarships.ua.edu for more information.

Music Therapy Audition Requirements for Spring 2022 (Enrollment for Fall 2022)

Students majoring in music therapy must complete requirements related to musical and written skills specific to music therapy coursework.

Students who are interested should email Dr. Cevasco-Trotter at amtrotter@ua.edu. She will provide a specialized music therapy Box account for each student so that videos and written materials may be submitted. The deadline for submitting music therapy materials is March 1.

Please upload videos for the following three items into your Box folder by March 1:

  • Primary Instrument Requirement:
    • Perform an unaccompanied 3-5 minute solo selection for your primary instrument or voice that exhibits musical and technical difficulty appropriate to college music study. For singers, the piece should demonstrate the potential understanding of the classical vocal style.
  • Singing Requirement:
    • Please sing Happy Birthday and one other song of choice (e.g., folk song, hymn, popular song).
  • Please provide the following information (in 3 minutes or less):
    • Introduce yourself
    • Why do you want to major in it?
    • What clinical population are you interested in serving?

Also upload the following items:

  • Application form for Music Therapy
  • Essay Requirement to be uploaded into Box:
    • Please include your CWID with your full name at the top of the page.
    • Please answer the following questions, in 1-2 pages:
      • What is music therapy?
      • Why are you interested in The University of Alabama?
      • What are your strengths?
      • What are your academic weaknesses and how do you address them?

https://music.ua.edu/apply-audition/undergraduate-audition-request/

Music Therapy Audition & Interview Requirements

In lieu of auditioning on an instrument, a student applying for the music therapy major must complete requirements related to musical and written skills specific to music therapy coursework. Information about the audition materials can be found on the Music Therapy admissions page.

Students who are interested should email Dr. Cevasco-Trotter at amtrotter@ua.edu. She will provide a specialized music therapy Box account for each student so that videos and written materials may be submitted. The deadline for submitting music therapy materials is March 1.

https://musictherapy.music.ua.edu/

The music therapy program at UA was created in 1984, and it is the only degree program in the state of Alabama to offer a bachelor’s degree in music therapy, which leads to eligibility for professional certification. Prospective music therapy students audition for acceptance into the music therapy program as well as apply for admittance into the university. The music therapy degree involves the traditional music courses, such as applied lessons and music theory and history course sequence; however, music therapy students learn guitar during the freshmen year and utilize the guitar, piano, and voice for clinical applications. Most of the music used in music therapy sessions involves patient preferred music, which means that students learn repertoire that spans various genres across multiple decades, such as pop, country, Motown, musicals, religious, etc.

The music therapy program at UA is unique due to a strong clinical training emphasis. Music therapy students experience a scaffolding approach, in which they observe music therapy sessions starting their first semester in school. Student expectations and involvement increase throughout the freshmen and sophomore years; students in their junior and senior year have multiple sessions per week. Students gain clinical experience serving various populations in the community.

Our music therapy program teaches students how to measure behavior and how to document progress utilizing appropriate jargon for each setting; this allows the students to be successful in securing jobs and keeping jobs, especially since administrators want to know why they are paying the same amount of money for a music therapist as a physical therapist. They also want to be able to see how a music therapist differs from a volunteer who sings, and it is important that music therapists can effectively communicate their approach and outcomes for a variety of populations.

The music therapy degree requires four years of on-campus coursework, followed by a six-month music therapy internship (internships in the music therapy profession are typically unpaid).