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B.Mus. Music Therapy

139-145 credit hours
98% career outcome rate1

Student-to-faculty ratio

Music therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music to help individuals of all ages and a wide variety of diagnoses improve their quality of life. Music therapists are highly trained professionals with a strong educational background in both music and therapy. Music therapists work in schools, hospitals, nursing homes, hospices, rehabilitation centers, psychiatric facilities and private practices.

As a music therapy major at Concordia University, Nebraska, you’ll connect, inspire and heal others through your music. You will receive a solid grounding in music, psychology and science and collaborate with a diverse community of musicians, faculty and other students who share your passion for health and music. The music therapy program, which includes 180 hours of practicum work and a six-month internship, will prepare you to take the National Certification Exam and earn the credential MT-BC (Music Therapist Board Certified), so you’ll be ready to start your music therapy career right after graduation.

The Bachelor of Music degree in music therapy at Concordia Nebraska is the only program in Nebraska accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and approved by the American Music Therapy Association. Here, you’ll become familiar with the professional work environment and apply your knowledge to clinical music therapy work with individuals, schools, nursing facilities and other agencies serving people of diverse needs. You will learn how to adapt to the needs of a quickly changing health care environment and mental health network and learn how to develop a music therapy practice and devise treatments.

Combine your love of music with a passion for helping others and earn your music therapy degree from Concordia!

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Program Differentiators

Core Concepts

The music therapy program at Concordia University, Nebraska seeks to produce graduates that are compassionate and empathetic individuals with caring personalities, and to help them find their Christian vocations showing God’s love in service to their communities, neighbors and the world.

Prof. Nicole Jacobs - Music Therapy

Professor of music therapy Nicole Jacobs wants you to not just earn your degree, but also graduate ready to follow your passion and do what you love. Learn more about Professor Jacobs in this Faculty 5 video.

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Concordia NebraskaMusic Therapy: Learning Objectives

Students in the music therapy program at Concordia University, Nebraska will be introduced to the profession of music therapy, including exploring research literature, analyzing public awareness and measuring the effectiveness of music therapy techniques.

Students will learn the psychological foundations of music therapy, including psychoacoustics and hearing, music perception, the influence of music on the brain and behavior, musical development and learning.

Students will learn music therapy approaches used to address physical goals in children and adults using experiential opportunities, evidence-based interventions and musical instruments.

Concordia NebraskaMusic Therapy: Program Goals


Students in the music therapy program at Concordia University, Nebraska will demonstrate knowledge of music theory sufficient to analyze musical forms, structures and styles, to create within basic musical structures and to relate theoretical concept to sound.


Students will demonstrate performance ability on primary instrument and secondary instrument.


Students will demonstrate an understanding of the social, political and cultural impacts which shaped music theory history.


Students will demonstrate competence in the music therapy field, including an understanding of ethical clinical practice, the ability to properly assess client issues, utilize appropriate music therapy methods, evaluate treatment, measure outcomes and apply professional research literature to clinical practice.

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Music Therapy Faculty

As experts in music therapy, our faculty and instructors bring years of experience to the classroom.

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Concordia NebraskaMusic Therapy: FAQs

Concordia Nebraska Music Therapy: Career Outcomes

Music Therapist

Music therapists are highly trained professionals that use music to help people heal physically, emotionally and spiritually. Music therapists not only work in traditional clinical settings, such as schools or agencies serving individuals with emotional, developmental or physical disabilities, but in new and expanding areas of health care delivery. For example, as a music therapist, you might be employed in hospice care, substance abuse programs, oncology treatment centers, pain/stress management clinics or correctional settings.

7% Annual Growth Rate2
$29,590 Entry-Level Salary2
$47,860 Mid-Level Salary2
$77,050 Late-Level Salary2

Music Therapy Professor

Music therapy professors teach elements of music and psychology to college or university students. As a music therapyprofessor, you would teach classes in music therapy and music. Some professors do their own research in the field as well as teaching.

7% Annual Growth Rate2
$39,760 Entry-Level Salary2
$69,960 Mid-Level Salary2
$175,110 Late-Level Salary2

Concordia NebraskaMusic Therapy: Related Programs



As a music major at Concordia University, Nebraska, you will participate in ensembles, either choral or instrumental or both, as part of the requirements for your major. Since ensemble participation doesn’t necessarily factor into your official course load, you may find that you have more opportunities within your schedule to take additional electives that interest you to help round out your career options.

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Music Education

A degree in music education from Concordia University, Nebraska prepares you to teach vocal and instrumental music to students K-12 in Lutheran, Christian, private or public schools. Some music teachers instruct students in a certain instrument, while others teach general music classes.

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1 Recent graduates attending graduate school or employed within six months of graduation.

2 Career salary and wages sourced from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.