Music Therapy

Music Therapy at the Conservatorium provides a comprehensive study of the theory, practice and research of music therapy.

Music Therapy at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music

As the first music therapy course offered in Australia in 1978, we draw on a long and rich history in the field to equip you with the skills and expertise to forge a successful career in music therapy.

We provide a thorough course of study for those wishing to practice as music therapists in a variety of settings, including hospitals, aged care facilities, special schools, mental health programs and private practice. Undergraduate students from other areas of the University can also learn about music therapy through breadth studies in Music Psychology, Music and Health and Music and Spirituality.

Graduate study in Music Therapy

Taken at the graduate level, our Master of Music Therapy program coursework is approved and validated by the Australian Music Therapy Association (AMTA), leading to registration upon completion.

Students learn traditional and contemporary theoretical approaches to practices of music therapy with children and adults, as well as fundamental skills in music therapy research. You will develop voice and guitar skills, as well as learn how to use improvisation, songs, recordings and performances with individuals and groups.

The National Music Therapy Research Unit

The Melbourne Conservatorium of Music has a thriving group of graduate researchers who are supported and promoted by the National Music Therapy Research Unit (NaMTRU) and feed into teaching within the course, in addition to our internationally renowned staff.

Music Therapy Research

Music Therapy courses

I always knew and felt the power that music has, but I had no idea how effective it could be in helping those in need. From birth right through to palliative care, music therapists are able to assist in emotional, developmental, communication and rehabilitative needs during any stage of life. I find that astounding. I feel very lucky to have found an area of study and future work in which I will be able to help people in times of need and play music along the way.

Andrew Bucknall
Master of Music Therapy
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