Attitudes of Undergraduate Music Therapy Students Regarding Master’s Level Entry

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Attitudes of Undergraduate Music Therapy Students Regarding Master’s Level Entry Bryan L. Hawk MMT Candidate Drury University Review of Literature To date there is a significant lack of research regarding the opinions of Undergraduate Music Therapy students concerning the requirements of a Master’s Degree for entry-level positions. When the Certification Board for Music Therapist (CBMT) was established in the 1980’s, this provided employers with assurance that we are qualified professionals. Every profession arrives at a crossroad in a certain point of its development (AMTA, 2011a). The crossroad that undergraduate music therapists have come to concerns the level of education required for entry-level positions in the field. In the…show more content…
Controversy about entry-level qualifications continues to create concern over whether music therapists are adequately prepared to enter into professional work upon completion of approved university programs and internships. In addressing the identity issues of the music therapist, there is an ongoing controversy over whether the education of the music therapist at the undergraduate level should serve to prepare a musician who uses therapy, or a therapist who uses music (Bruscia, 1987). In order to remedy deficits in undergraduate training, some music therapists chose to explore graduate programs (Bruscia, 1989). Bruscia (1987) proposed that the bachelor’s degree in music therapy should function as preparation for the master’s degree, and thus provide a broad-based education for the development of musical and therapeutic skills. Justification for entry level at the master’s degree level also suggests the possibility of state licensure, which would allow the music therapist to practice independently and open new opportunities for reimbursement. The problem over entry-level competencies has been debated since its onset in 1950 when E. Thayer Gaston sought out to set up a Music Therapy program modeled after music education (2011a). Given this information, a survey is to be compiled to gather the opinions of undergraduate students
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