music therapy program, music therapy degree, music therapy major, Nazareth College of Rochester, NY
- Nazareth Strengths
- School music therapist
- Gerontology specialist
- Mental health clinician
- Medical music therapist
- Strong Memorial Hospital
- Hospice Buffalo
- The Wildwood School, VA
- Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong Memorial Hospital
- West Palm Beach Hospice
- Saint Barnabas Medical Center, NJ
- Giant Steps Autism Treatment, CT
- Drexel University
- Florida State University
Jessica Jarvis ‘11
Jessica was elected president of the American Music Therapy Association Students during her senior year at Nazareth. Her six-month internship at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, Texas, led to her being hired there as a fulltime board-certified music therapist.
Music therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship. Board-certified music therapists (MT-BCs) help clients improve psychological and physiological functioning and work in medical, psychiatric and educational settings.
The Music Therapy program at Nazareth studies the impact of melody, harmony, and rhythm on children and adults with physical, communication, emotional and cognitive disabilities. Students participate in hands-on clinical training, working directly with clients both in the community and in Nazareth's on-campus Music Therapy Clinic. As part of their clinical practice, students learn to improvise and compose music for guitar and piano. They work in a number of educational and healthcare settings, and complete 6-month internships at the culmination of their degree program.
- Focus on gaining skills in clinical practice through musical proficiency, research, and direct clinical experience for clinical practice or the pursuit of advanced degrees.
- Music Therapy majors complete eight semesters of study in a curriculum of education and clinical training, followed by a 6 month internship.
- Completion of the curriculum and clinical training approved by the American Music Therapy Association results in eligibility to sit for the national certification examination in music therapy administered by the Certification Board of Music Therapists (CBMT).
Betsey King, Ph.D., LCAT, MT-BC
Dr. King has been a board-certified music therapist since 1984, working in a wide range of clinical areas including special education, physical rehabilitation, medical, forensic and gerontology settings. As the co-founder of Prelude Music Therapy, she has created and authored songbooks, therapy materials, and instructional texts, many of which are used in university and internship programs throughout the U.S.