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Music therapy is an allied health profession and one of the expressive therapies, consisting of an interpersonal process in which a trained music therapist uses music and all of its facets—physical, emotional, mental, social, aesthetic, and spiritual—to help clients to improve or maintain their health. Music therapists primarily help clients improve their health across various domains (e.g., cognitive functioning, motor skills, emotional and affective development, behavior and social skills, and quality of life) by using music experiences (e.g., singing, songwriting, listening to and discussing music, moving to music) to achieve treatment goals and objectives. It is considered both an art and a science, with a qualitative and quantitative research literature base incorporating areas such as clinical therapy, biomusicology, musical acoustics, music theory, psychoacoustics, embodied music cognition, aesthetics of music, and comparative musicology. Referrals to music therapy services may be made by other health care professionals such as physicians, psychologists, physical therapists, and occupational therapists. Clients can also choose to pursue music therapy services without a referral (i.e., self-referral).

Music therapists are found in nearly every area of the helping professions. Some commonly found practices include developmental work (communication, motor skills, etc.) with individuals with special needs, songwriting and listening in reminiscence/orientation work with the elderly, processing and relaxation work, and rhythmic entrainment for physical rehabilitation in stroke victims.

The Turco-Persian psychologist and music theorist al-Farabi (872–950), known as "Alpharabius" in Europe, dealt with music therapy in his treatise Meanings of the Intellect, where he discussed the therapeutic effects of music on the soul.Robert Burton wrote in the 17th century in his classic work, The Anatomy of Melancholy, that music and dance were critical in treating mental illness, especially melancholia.

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Matching Music Therapy Colleges

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Florida State University
Four or more years; Public; $17,544 average out-state tuition; $3,100 average in-state tuition
Berklee College of Music
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $33,460 average out-state tuition; $33,460 average in-state tuition
Arizona State University
Four or more years; Public; $21,807 average out-state tuition; $9,208 average in-state tuition
Maryville University of Saint Louis
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $21,922 average out-state tuition; $21,922 average in-state tuition
University of Kansas
Four or more years; Public; $19,500 average out-state tuition; $7,611 average in-state tuition
State University of New York at New Paltz
Four or more years; Public; $14,320 average out-state tuition; $5,270 average in-state tuition
Utah State University
Four or more years; Public; $14,204 average out-state tuition; $4,412 average in-state tuition

Music Therapy Scholarships

Name Amount Deadline
Occupational/Physical Therapy Scholarship - DAR $2,000 February 15, 2018
Dr. Frank Veden Endowed Scholarship $1,200 December 31, 2017
Waechter Medical-Legal Scholarship $1,000 September 01, 2017
Hugh and Mabelle Scott Memorial Music Scholarship Up to $1,000 January 31, 2018
Mobility Disability Scholarship $500 September 01, 2017
Volunteer Resources Scholarship $500 September 08, 2017
NOA Scholarly Paper Competition $500 October 01, 2017
Jean L. Petitt Memorial Music Scholarship Competition $500 November 17, 2017
Germaine K. Queen Scholarship $400 June 01, 2018
Donald E. Caswell Memorial Scholarship $300 March 01, 2018