Music Therapy Major

Do you want to use music to make a difference in someone’s life? Consider a degree from one of the oldest accredited Music Therapy programs in the country. Alverno College, a pioneer in music therapy for nearly 70 years, continues to be a leader in this growing and rewarding field.
As a Music Therapy major, you’ll learn how to use music intentionally and effectively to unlock your clients’ potential, improving their quality of life.

Where music meets health
Modern music neuroscience has increased knowledge of music and the brain, its effects, and its potentials for healing. Music therapy can help people with dementia access memories and form new ones, redirect awareness of pain, improve gait and mobility in those with Parkinson’s disease, alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety, and reduce the time an infant spends in a neonatal ICU. You’ll work closely with faculty who are board-certified, practicing music therapists and benefit from their expertise and industry connections, including one professor operating the largest private practice in the Milwaukee area.

Hands-on experience
Blending classroom instruction with clinical experiences supported by local music therapists, Alverno’s program ensures that you’re receiving the rigorous training you need to be a confident professional with a well-rounded view of how to apply music therapy with a variety of populations. In addition to off-site clinical settings, Alverno’s own Music Therapy Clinic can give you practice working with clients on campus. All of this will prepare you for your final six-month internship with the population of your choice.

Enrich your education
The Alverno Music Therapy Student Organization will give you the opportunity to promote awareness of music therapy and raise funds to attend the American Music Therapy Association and Great Lakes Region of the American Music Therapy Association annual conferences. Many of our students are active on boards of the student extensions of these groups.

A professional edge
Alverno’s Music Therapy graduates are well-prepared: Graduates have an almost 100 percent pass rate on the national board certification exam, and 100 percent are employed within three months of graduation. Alverno’s abilities-based curriculum will help you polish your communication, leadership and problem-solving skills — strengths that will serve you well when you’re interviewing for your first job or advocating on behalf of a client.

Internships for the Music Therapy major
Thanks to Alverno’s location in Wisconsin’s biggest city and long history of excellence in the music therapy field, you’ll have easy access to fantastic clinical opportunities working alongside local board-certified music therapists. Our faculty can help you find the best opportunities to fit your personal and professional goals.

How you can use your degree
The demand for music therapists is evolving quickly, especially in neonatal intensive care units, children’s hospitals, cancer centers and hospices. Some music therapists partner with social services agencies, health care providers or school districts to provide therapeutic services, while others work in private practice.


Have questions about studying Music Therapy at Alverno? We invite you to connect with faculty to learn more.

Leslie Henry, MM, MT-BCLeslie Henry, MM, MT-BC, ’93
Director of Music Therapy and Assistant Professor