Student learning outcomes: Music Therapy (BM)

Shown here are the general learning goals of the program broken down into specific student learning outcomes (SLOs). These SLOs represent what a student should be able to do as a result of successfully completing this program. Student performance on these outcomes are routinely assessed by program faculty as a way of informing programmatic improvement efforts.

Goal Outcome

Students will demonstrate basic knowledge of clinical foundations areas and music therapy practice.

  • The student will apply knowledge of human development and major exceptionalities to client assessments, treatment plans, and implementation strategies.
  • The student will effectively establish, maintain, and utilize therapeutic relationships with clients to achieve therapeutic goals.
  • The students will apply knowledge of music therapy methods, techniques, materials, and equipment in client assessments, treatment plans, and treatment implementation for various client populations.

Students will demonstrate effective functional music skills as required for professional competence in music therapy.

  • Students will effectively facilitate structured and unstructured movement experiences.
  • Students will lead groups in singing a variety of traditional, folk, and popular songs from different time periods and in different styles while providing accompaniment for themselves and the client or group on piano or keyboard, guitar, and other accompanying instruments.

Students will demonstrate the ability to synthesize knowledge.

  • Students will effectively synthesize professional knowledge and clinical findings in an accurate, concise, and objective manner to meet requirements of legal, regulatory, and reimbursement bodies.
  • Students will locate, select, interpret, and apply relevant research findings to clinical practice in music therapy.

Students will implement the music therapy treatment process demonstrating understanding of their professional role; collaboration; and legal, regulatory, and reimbursement issues pertinent to music therapy.

  • The students will communicate the findings of effective, culturally-sensitive client assessments to determine clients' levels of musical functioning, music preferences, strengths, and needs.
  • The students will demonstrate ethical, professional behavior, including collaborating with other professionals and participating in and benefiting from supervision.
  • The students will effectively evaluate client response to treatment, revising the treatment approach and/or treatment plan as needed.
  • The students will effectively implement and sequence music therapy experiences consistent with the treatment plans, providing closure of treatment issues by termination or discharge.
  • The students will formulate goals, objectives, and music therapy treatment plans based on prioritized client needs.


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