WESTFIELD Mass. (WWLP) – Westfield State University will become the first public university in Massachusetts and the fifth university in New England to offer a degree-granting music therapy program.
The Massachusetts Department of Higher Education approved the new WSU Bachelor of Music Therapy last August, and the program just launched this semester.
“We are proud to complement Westfield State’s extensive offerings in music and therapy to provide an accessible, affordable, high-quality option to meet the growing demand for music therapy practitioners,” said Juline Mills , Ph.D., the Acting Rector of the University and Vice President for Academic Affairs.
According to the American Music Therapy Association, “… clinical music therapy is the only research-based professional discipline that actively applies supporting science to the creative, emotional, and energizing experiences of music, as well as to health treatment goals. and education. “AMTA says:” Evidence-based music therapy incorporates the best available research, the expertise of the music therapist; and the needs, values and preferences of those served.
With the latest addition to WSU, the current academic offerings will mark the university’s first Bachelor of Music and add to its Bachelor of Arts in Music, with concentrations in Composition, Jazz Studies, Music Education, Music History. , as well as instrumental or vocal performance.
According to Westfield State, they also added a concentration in music management, as well as a concentration in art therapy, to a Bachelor of Arts in Art or Psychology. The Bachelor of Music program will complement opportunities in the many service-related fields of study including criminal justice, education, health sciences, movement science, psychology, social work, nursing and studies of medical assistants.