MA in Music Therapy
- Two years full-time
- 27 applications / 10 places*
*indicative information only, based on 2015/16 application data
About the programme
The Music Therapy Masters programme aims to realise students’ full musicianship potential and equip them with the knowledge and skills to work as a registered music therapist.
On this programme, students gain clinical experience with adults and children in a variety of settings, including:
- Special education
- Learning disability
- Communication disorders
The programme is influenced by psycho-dynamic approaches to therapy, which means that all music therapy students undertake their own personal therapy during training. Gaining experience of personal psychotherapy prior to training is highly recommended.
Studying Music Therapy at Guildhall School is a unique experience. You will join one of the world’s leading conservatoires, receiving one-to-one conservatoire-level tuition on both your Principal Study and Second Study instruments with the School’s teachers. This tuition will be complemented by keyboard musicianship and voice classes to ensure you acquire highly-developed skills in musical communication. The programme provides access to leading specialists in improvisation and an active research community, with the possibility of participating in research events.
You will be prepared for employment in health, education, social and community service and the voluntary sector. Graduates are eligible to register as Arts Therapists with the HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council) and as professional members of the British Association for Music Therapy.
Clinical practice is central to the training. Students gain clinical experience in at least two different placement settings in Year 1 supervised by HCPC-registered music therapists at hospitals, special schools and units in and around London. This is supplemented by clinical seminars, theoretical studies, and musicianship skills to support and integrate the clinical work.
Placements in Year 2 provide a balance to Year 1, offering extended and in-depth experiences supported by further clinical seminars and professional practice classes. The core module in Applied Theoretical and Research Studies introduces students to the meaning, purpose and value of research applied in a music therapy context and leads to the submission of a research proposal and research project report.
Entry to this training demands a high standard of musicianship (see our Auditions page), a mature personality compatible with training as a therapist, and graduate level academic skills. The programme contains substantial academic components. Applicants are therefore expected to have completed an honours degree. Music is the most common subject, although applications from graduates in other subjects are welcome.
Visit our How To Apply page for details of closing dates and online applications.
Age for Entry to the Course
In general, candidates in their mid-twenties and above are preferred. Applicants should demonstrate experience of a period of paid or voluntary work outside of full-time education. Experience of working with people in the community in either help or education settings is highly beneficial.
- For details about fees for the programme, see our Fees and Funding page.
- See an overview of the programme structure (PDF, 61Kb)
- To find out more about Music Therapy, please view the recommended reading list (PDF, 25Kb)