Washington Adventist University
August 8, 2017
Washington Adventist University (WAU) has been approved to implement a new Bachelor of Music Therapy degree program. WAU is the first institution in the State of 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 outreach,” 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 new four-year program will be offered within the WAU Department of Music, and will prepare students for careers where they use music to treat children and adults who have 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, as well as 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; and it culminates with an internship at a site approved by the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) or one affiliated with Washington Adventist University.