Joni Milgram-Luterman, Associate Professor,
Music Therapy Area Head
Additional Advanced Music Therapy Faculty
About the Program:
Fredonia’s Bachelor of Science in Music Therapy is one of the most comprehensive in
the country, based on the belief that an effective music therapist is a proficient
and knowledgeable musician who successfully integrates psychological and clinical
skills into practical work. Our curriculum, approved by the American Music Therapy
Association (AMTA), embraces the standards of music therapy education and the professional
competencies of the AMTA.
The principles of music therapy have been used for millennia, and has been an organized
profession since 1950. Over the past few decades, the music therapist has been increasingly
recognized as an important member of health care and educational teams. In order to
meet the expectations of the evolving field, the curriculum involves thorough musical
training, a sequence of professional courses in psychology and music therapy, and
extensive clinical and therapeutic experience.
The musical skills of the music therapist emphasize flexibility as a performer and
interpreter of music. The student will study a principal instrument, be encouraged
to perform in a broad range of ensembles, and to study other music making strategies.
The demand for qualified music therapists continues to grow, and our graduates consistently
score above average in the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) exam, have
been hired in competitive music therapy job searches, and have created new positions
in the field.
We are proud to announce our new Master of Music in Music Therapy degree program.
Music therapists have the opportunity to advance and deepen their music therapy skills
and knowledge as they prepare to become New York State Licensed Creative Arts Therapists.
Undergraduate students of SUNY Fredonia may move seamlessly into the Masters program
and complete their Bachelor and Master degrees in as little as 5.5 years. Alternatively,
music therapists who have completed an undergraduate degree in music therapy at SUNY
Fredonia or elsewhere and are Board Certified may complete their curricular requirements
in 18 months full-time or as part-time students at their own pace.
Undergraduate Degree Offerings
Graduate Degree Offerings