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Fredonia’s Master of Music in Music Therapy degree assists current and future music therapists deepen their skills and knowledge in line with the Advanced Competencies of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) and meet the education requirements for the New York State License in Creative Arts Therapy.

Fredonia’s music therapy curriculum includes training in Guided Imagery and Music, Vocal Psychotherapy, advanced guitar skills, and foundations of clinical piano improvisation. An AMTA-accredited university, Fredonia has been educating music therapists for over forty years. Our nurturing, inclusive environment supports individual passion and paths, allowing you to develop your professional vision and career path with the assistance of successful professionals in your field.

Program Options

  • Advanced Track (48 credits)
    • Ideal for students with a Bachelor’s degree in music therapy or its equivalent
    • Two-year program
    • Meet the education requirements for the New York State’s Creative Arts Therapy License
  • Comprehensive Track (60 credits) - Pending AMTA Approval
    • Ideal for students with a Bachelor’s degree in music, but not in music therapy
    • Three-year program
    • Meet the education requirements for both the national Board-Certification in Music Therapy and the New York State’s Creative Arts Therapy License

Music Therapy Registration

Effective July 1, 2024, federal regulation requires institutions of higher education to make a determination whether a Title IV eligible academic program that leads to professional licensure or certification meets the educational requirements for licensure/certification in the U.S. State where the institution is located and the U.S. States where “distance education” students are located at the time of initial enrollment in the program, as well as U.S. States where the program is advertised as meeting such requirements, and if applicable, the U.S. State where students attest they intend to be licensed/certified. The Music Therapy program at SUNY Fredonia is registered by the New York State Education Department and thus meets the educational requirements for licensure/certification for New York State. Through a good faith effort, and for the purpose of complying with the federal regulation, we have determined that SUNY Fredonia's M.M. program in Music Therapy meets the educational requirements for licensure/certification in the following U.S. States; however, it is important to note that SUNY Fredonia is not the licensure/certification authority in these U.S. States and cannot assess whether an individual candidate will be issued a license/certificate in these U.S. States and instead it is incumbent on each individual candidate to contact the licensure/certification authority in the applicable U.S. State for any further guidance on the requirements for licensure/certification requirements and application processes.

The Fredonia Difference

Fredonia graduate programs foster scholarly inquiry, professional research, ethical practice, artistic performance, and practical innovation, encouraging students and faculty to discover lifelong connections between their intellectual and creative aspirations and civic and global opportunities for engagement.

What We Offer

  • Completion of AMTA’s Advanced Competencies
  • Preparation toward New York State License in Creative Arts Therapy
  • Real-life opportunities to become trained in advanced models of music therapy from experts in the field

Career Opportunities for Music Therapy

  • Our graduates are emerging as leaders in expanding opportunities for music therapy services through private practice and music therapy departments.
  • Work with agencies who serve older adults, adults, and children with disabilities, as well as mental health, medical centers, and clinics who serve those with mental and physical health challenges, spanning prenatal to end-of-life issues.


What does a Graduate Degree in Music Therapy look like?

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Sample Courses

MUTY 530 Introduction to Guided Imagery and Music

Designed to help music therapists to advance their skills using the guitar. The focus of the course centers on the fundamentals of guitar technique in music therapy. Course material will be implemented by the use of literature from varying styles and will cover melodic harmonization, chord voicing, strumming techniques, plectrum techniques, as well as reading various guitar notations.

MUTY 620 Vocal Psychotherapy Practice

Students will be trained in vocal psychotherapy, a model of in-depth (reconstructive) music therapy that utilizes sounds, vocal improvisation, songs and dialogue within a therapeutic relationship to promote intrapsychic and interpersonal change. Students will have opportunities to observe, participate in and conduct voice-centered therapeutic experiences and interventions.

MUTY 518 Advanced Clinical Piano Improvisations

The training will develop the concept of clinical improvisation and provide specific strategies for developing and applying clinical improvisation skills within a therapeutic relationship. Piano is the primary medium and use of the voice will also be addressed.

Why Music Therapy at Fredonia?


Opportunities for music therapy employment in Western New York (Buffalo area), while earning your graduate degree

Research and Applied Learning

Music Therapy graduate students take part in research and applied learning

Flexible Class Schedule

Classes align with a full-time work schedule

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