Admission and Audition Information


As a music therapy student in EMU’s nationally-known program, one of only two in the state, you can get the skills and training you need to conduct the clinical and evidence-based power of music inventions to help a variety of people with special needs. Your studies in this program will include coursework, performance and 1,200 hours of clinical training that will make you eligible to sit for the national Music Therapist board certification examination. Our Bachelor of Music Therapy program is fully approved by the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA).


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There are several purposes for the Music Therapy Interview. One of the most important reasons is for potential music therapy students and the Music Therapy faculty to meet, and begin to get to know each other.
During the interview, students will be asked to:

  • Explain their interest in music therapy.

  • Talk about any volunteer (music or non-music) experiences they may have had with people who have or don’t have special needs.

  • Perform on their principal instruments (this is in addition to playing an audition for the applied music faculty).

  • Sight-sing (even if they have never done this before). The sight-singing part of the interview gives the faculty an opportunity to assess vocal skills and to make recommendations.

  • Play the piano, if they already know how to play (no matter the level).

  • Ask questions about the Music Therapy Program at EMU.

Applicants must also submit a 3-page double-spaced essay on the topic of “Why I wish to pursue a degree (or certificate) in music therapy”. Include your personal perspectives and motivations as well as your current understanding of the field of music therapy and how you see yourself within the field. All essays to be saved as a word (.doc or .docx) document and sent as an attachment to Dr. Theresa Merrill, Director of Music Therapy at Music Therapy Admission essays are due no later than 1 week prior to your chosen audition date. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Theresa Merrill.

Have more questions? Click here to take a look at Frequently Asked Questions.

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