Music Therapy Admissions and Auditions

Prospective Master of Science in music therapy students must first apply to Molloy College. Once Admissions processes your application materials, due by February 15, your complete file will be sent to the Music Department.  An interview and audition are required. We will contact you to schedule that once your materials are processed. 

For prospective students whose native language is not English the TOEFL exam will be required, with a minimum score of 500. If an international student lives locally, they can sit for our Michigan test which is administered here on campus in Rockville Centre. The students will be tested on the English language competency and must score a 90 percent to pass.

International Student Admissions Contact Michael Battle 516.323.4011


  • Friday, November 16, 2018 (AMTA Convention; room and time TBA)
  • Saturday, February 23, 2019 (Molloy/CAP21 Manhattan Center at 50 Broadway, New York City)
  • Friday, March 1, 2019 (Rockville Centre Campus)

1. You will perform two contrasting pieces on your primary instrument.  We may not listen to the pieces in their entirety. If you require an accompanist, please let us know when we schedule your audition. We will need a copy of your music at least one week in advance for the accompanist. We encourage you to arrive early to your audition to warm up in a practice room or to rehearse with your accompanist. Repertoire choices for the audition should be in sheet music form (memorized if possible, especially for vocalists). Please bring two additional copies for the audition panel. We would like to hear at least one classical piece if possible.  

2. You will demonstrate basic proficiency on voice, piano, and guitar through accompanying yourself. Be prepared to sing and play two different songs for piano and for guitar (for a total of 4 different songs prepared). We will choose a minimum of one of your prepared songs for each instrument. Please choose your songs from the following song list:  Here is our song list.

3. You will also be asked to sight read and sight sing with your choice of accompanying instrument, either piano or guitar.  

4. You will be asked to sight read a short simple classical piece playing treble and bass clefs with both hands together on the piano.  

5. You will be asked to engage in improvisational music-making with one of the audition panel members. This may consist of singing or percussive playing. We understand that you may not have improvisational training. Since music therapists make music with and for others, we want to assess your musical responsiveness, and musical sensitivity in a dyad situation.  

6. Your audition may be video-recorded for review by the Graduate Program Director. Demonstration of the following overall musical competencies is required:

  • Musical Literacy: Reading musical notation with accuracy and fluidity.
  • Musical Aptitude: Performing with quality tone, technique, and musical expression.
  • Foundational Piano: Locating pitches on the keyboard that accurately correspond to sheet music in treble and bass clef. Basic accompaniment.
  • Functional Guitar: Basic accompaniment with accuracy and fluidity.
  • Sight Reading: Successfully read a lead sheet, accompanying yourself chordally while accurately singing the melody.
  • Aural Skills: Matching pitches provided with one's voice. Sight singing musical with accuracy.

Prior musical training and performance experience is required and expected of all incoming graduate music therapy students.  

INTERVIEW & ESSAY   We will interview you to assess your suitability and readiness for a music-centered psychotherapy graduate program. We encourage prospective students to research the field of music therapy, specifically music psychotherapy, prior to their audition/interview and/or observe or speak with a music therapist. We encourage prospects to ask questions regarding the program. You will also be asked to answer a written essay question to assess your writing skills.    

Need more information? Contact:
Coleen Petersen, Administrative Assistant, 516.323.3320

Lora Heller, Special Projects Coordinator, 516.323.3336

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Music Therapy, Special Projects Coordinator
Lora Heller, MT-BC, LCAT
1000 Hempstead Avenue Public Square 220 Rockville Centre, New York 11571-5002


Coleen Petersen
Administrative Assistant