Music Therapy (M. A.)
Music Therapy is the specific therapeutic use of music for the promotion of emotional, cognitive, social and physical integration and recovery on a scientific basis. As an arts therapy approach it has the potential to contribute to activation, stabilization, and recovery in the context of prevention, acute intervention, and rehabilitation. In both science and clinical practice, there is an increasing interest in music therapy approaches as an important addition to standard care.
|Degree||Master of Arts (M.A.)|
|Duration of Study||
Annually, starting 1 October
|Study model||Full time|
620,-€ per month + one-time registration fee of 650 €. Applicants from countries with visa obligation must pay fees in two rates: one before the study program starts and the other one after the first year.
Music Therapy is the evidence-based therapeutic use of music for promoting emotional, cognitive, social and physical integration and recovery. As an arts therapy approach it has the potential to contribute to activation, stabilization and recovery in the context of prevention, acute intervention, and rehabilitation. In both research and clinical practice, there is an increasing interest in music therapy approaches as an important addition to standard care. The professional context of music therapists is not limited to traditional areas of practice such as psychiatry, psychosomatic medicine, or special education. Music therapy is also applied in classical medicine and to an increasing degree in preventive care.In recent decades music therapy has been established in the following fields:
- Psychosomatics and psychotherapy
- Neurology (early and general rehabilitation)
- Palliative and hospice care
- Intensive medicine centers (for example neonatology, oncology, pain) and sub-acute care facilities
- Psychosocial institutions for children and families with special needs, disabilities and early intervention
- Institutions of prevention and education (e.g., music schools, youth centers, kindergartens)
The applied master course of music therapy at the SRH University Heidelberg was developed within the framework of the European alignment and recognition of university degrees (Bologna Process) in 2005, adjusted and finally accredited in 2010. It offers graduates of artistic or psychosocial study programs a qualified education in music therapy.
In contrast to other master courses in Germany, this program is designed as a 2-year full-time program and generally begins in the winter semester on the 1st of October. The program is governed by the official program handbook. The study program contains 120 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) points, and concludes with a state-approved degree. The language of the program is English.
The applied master’s degree in music therapy contains the following modules:
- Module 1: Introduction to therapy sciences
- Module 2: Introduction to music therapy
- Module 3: Psychology
- Module 4: Fundamental instrumental skills
- Module 5: Clinical psychology I (psychotherapy approaches)
- Module 6: Clinical psychology II (psychiatry, psychosomatics & psychotherapy)
- Module 7: Neurology & quantitative research Methods
- Module 8: Basic musical competencies
- Module 9: Clinical placement
- Module 10: Evidence-based clinical practice (pain)
- Module 11: Assessment & clinical practice with children and adolescents
- Module 12: Arts therapies and specific applications
- Module 13: Advanced instrumental skills
- Module 14: Advanced placement (clinical or research)
- Module 15: Professionalization, law & ethics
- Module 16: Master’s thesis
Clinical Practice The applied master’s program qualifies the student for clinical practice, working with children and adults in the following core fields:
- Psychosomatic medicine and psychotherapy
- Pediatrics, children and youth psychiatry and psychotherapy
- Neurology (early rehabilitation, rehabilitation, and psychosocial post-care)
- Pain, psycho-oncology, palliative care
- Trans- and interdisciplinary, evidence-based practice This foundation allows students to transfer skills to other areas of practice.
Research projects are conducted regularly at the School of Therapeutic Sciences. They are organized, carried out and published in close cooperation with universities, research centers and clinical partners. There is a particular interest in research evaluating music therapy treatment, which takes place in the music therapy clinic within the School.
Students can collaborate on these projects, provided they have the necessary skills and interest, and can thereby qualify for a career in research. Together with our partners it is possible to offer cooperative doctoral studies.
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- A university degree from an accredited institution of higher learning, of at least six semesters’ duration in one of the following disciplines: music/music studies, psychology, medicine, social pedagogy and similar degrees
- Individual exceptions are possible, but require special approval
- Personal and artistic eligibility
- Documented proof of good English skills (TOEFL /or similar)
Placement Candidates are strongly advised to complete a period of observation in a clinical or therapeutic facility (about 4-6 weeks in length) prior to application, to test their suitability for this line of work. Application
- Please apply via our online system www.hochschule-heidelberg.de
- Applications are accepted throughout the year
- Please scan transcripts and curriculum vitae. They will be uploaded in the process of online application.
- Documents in a foreign language require an attachment of an approved translation into German or English.
For Applicants with non-German Graduation Certificates
The assessment of foreign education certificates the SRH University Heidelberg is the domain of the Central Office for Foreign Education. You will find country-specific information on foreign educations certificates on the Central Office for Foreign Education website: http://www.anabin.de/
Documented English skills (TOEFL or similar) are preferred. Alternatively an interview can be arranged either in person at the university or via Skype.
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In 2018 the first SRH Summer School in Music Therapy will take place in Heidelberg, Germany. Taught by international faculty, students will explore music therapy methods and work settings, focusing on important areas of practice in Germany. The program runs from 10-23 June 2018 in Heidelberg, Germany and on weekends, students will tour important regional sites and enjoy excursions to local points of interest. The program includes visits to clinics and institutions where music therapists work, offering important insight into how music therapy functions in the German health care system.
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