What will I learn?

Use your passion for music to help improve people's lives. Join the only programme in New Zealand that trains graduates to become professional music therapists.

A career in music therapy

Learn how to use music to support the development and wellbeing of people with complex emotional, intellectual, physical or social needs.

You'll get a comprehensive grounding in music therapy. Study the theory and put it into practice in a clinical or social community setting. Then take what you've learned from your practical experience and apply that to your research project.

Studying at the New Zealand School of Music (NZSM), you'll learn from dedicated staff with many years' experience as music therapists.

If you have a mature and compassionate attitude, curiosity and a knack for critical thinking, and a passion for practical, creative music-making then this programme is for you.

Community placement

You'll learn from valuable community placements in settings such as special schools, inclusive mainstream schools, pediatric units of hospitals and adolescent mental health services. You might also be hosted in elder care facilities, hospices and community units for adults with neurological disorders and mental health challenges.

These valuable placements are also a chance to build the professional networks that will help advance your career.

Returning to study

Many MMusTher students are mid-career professionals from other fields or parents who are returning to study. If it's been a while since you've studied, our liaison officers can help you get back into university life.

What you'll study

In Trimester One you'll do courses covering the principles and methods used in music therapy. In Trimester Two you'll do courses on the exploration of music from cultures other than your own, and learn how this applies to your practice, along with courses on approaches to music therapy research and a workplace practicum.

For Part 2, you'll do a range of music therapy casework, followed by a supervised practice-based research project linking to what you observe and experience on your placement. For the Master of Music Therapy by research, your study may be practice-based or more theoretical, depending on your interests and research questions. Both options are full-year courses.

Most students do the Master of Music Therapy by coursework and research, which is in two parts. In Part 1 you'll do coursework and in Part 2 you'll do casework and research.

If you're already a music therapist with an appropriate postgraduate qualification you can go straight to Part 2—the Master of Music Therapy by research.

Careers

You might join past graduates and work as a registered music therapist in special schools and autistic units, early intervention centres, hospices, rest homes and community mental health services.

Music therapy is still a new profession in New Zealand, but it is growing. Although not many full-time positions are available, you should be able to work full-time by creating a portfolio of contracts with different services and centres.

Location: Flexible

Schedule: Self-directed study (Research)

Schedule: Daytime lectures (Coursework and research)

Which department am I in?

Wellington Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Study options

Online/Distance with attendance (3 trimesters (by research); 5 trimesters (by coursework and research))

Tuition fees
NZ$35,250.00 (US$ 21,992) per year
Research programme: NZ $35,250 for the entire course

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

20 June 2020

More details

Start date

2 March 2021

Venue

Victoria University of Wellington

Kelburn Campus,

Level 2, Easterfield Building, Kelburn Parade,

WELLINGTON,

Kelburn,

6012, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For students from United States

To be accepted into this programme you will need: A Bachelor's degree with a B range average; To have met the prerequisites for the subject you wish to study (see subject section below); To be accepted by the programme director as capable of proceeding with the proposed course of study. English Language Requirements: IELTS: minimum overall score of 6.5 with no sub-score below 6.0; TOEFL: minimum score of 90 for the internet-based test with a minimum of 20 in writing; Pearson Test of English: minimum score of 65 (with a ‘Communicative’ score of not less than 58) EPP: minimum final scores of 4,4,5,5.

For international students

To be accepted into this programme you will need to meet:

A Bachelor's degree relevant to Music Therapy

To pass an audition

To have completed courses worth 30 points in Psychology or another approved social science discipline

To be accepted by the Director of the New Zealand School of Music as capable of proceeding with the proposed course of study

Proof of English proficiency

To be accepted into this programme you will need to meet one of the following:

IELTS: minimum overall score of 6.5 with no sub-score below 6.0

TOEFL: minimum score of 90 for the internet-based test with a minimum of 20 in writing

Pearson Test of English: minimum score of 58 (with a ‘Communicative’ score of not less than 50)

EPP: minimum final scores of 4,4,5,5

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About this uni

Among the world’s 18,000 universities, Victoria University of Wellington ranks in the top 2 percent, and in the top 100 worldwide for 13 subjects.

  • Enjoys 5+ stars in QS Stars Rating of Excellence 2019
  • Among world’s 1% to be triple accredited for business
  • First in New Zealand for research intensity
  • Based in New Zealand’s capital city