Washington Adventist University (WAU) has been approved to implement a new Bachelor of Music Therapy degree program. WAU is the first institution in Maryland, and currently the only Seventh-day Adventist institution in North America, to offer this degree.
“We are thrilled beyond measure to be gaining this important new program on our campus, as it prepares students to use music as a vehicle for service and healing,” said WAU Provost Cheryl Kisunzu, Ph.D. “It is a wonderful addition to this university which has, for more than a century, functioned as a gateway to service for those who seek to help others.”
The WAU Department of Music will offer the new program to prepare students for careers where they use music to affirm vibrant living, while also treating various psychiatric disorders, cognitive and developmental disabilities, speech and hearing impairments, physical disabilities, and neurological impairments. Music therapists find careers in general and psychiatric hospitals, day care facilities, nursing homes, substance abuse programs, forensic facilities, hospice programs, schools, and in private practice.
“Music Therapy is a growing field that has seen miraculous results in a variety of settings,” said WAU Music Department Chair Daniel Lau, D.M.A. “It is so gratifying to be able to offer this degree at WAU.”
The new program will build student competencies in musical, clinical, and music therapy foundations and principles, culminating with an internship at a site approved by the American Music Therapy Association or a WAU affiliated site.
Program graduates will be eligible to take the music therapy national examination, administered by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT). Those who pass the exam will be granted the “Music Therapist-Board Certified (MT-BC)” credential, which confers the ability to practice as a music therapist within the CBMT scope of practice in the U.S.