Music Therapy Mission

The music therapy department at Molloy College embodies a humanistic vision regarding the power of music to reach, support, heal and enhance an individual's social, emotional, physical and spiritual development and well-being.

Music therapy is an established, goal-directed healthcare profession that uses music and specially designed musical experiences to improve the quality of lives of children and adults with disabilities or illnesses. Music therapy graduate students develop skills in working within an interdisciplinary team, writing and implementing clinical goals, effectively communicating information regarding treatment plans and the profession and in procuring and securing funding for programs.

The graduate program combines experiential learning in the classroom with supervised field experiences at healthcare and educational facilities in the New York metropolitan area. The coursework reflects the philosophy of the department in providing a broad range of study for the contemporary practitioner, including courses in music and medicine, music therapy in educational settings, ethics in music therapy, clinical improvisation, research and music psychotherapy. Board-certified music therapists (MT-BC) studying in the graduate program will deepen their practice by identifying a specialization or a unique interest of study, such as Nordoff-Robbins music therapy, guided imagery and music, or analytical music therapy. The in-depth study of these areas of treatment and practice requires professionalism, musicianship and emotional maturity. The graduate student is supported and closely monitored throughout the program with one-on-one supervision and advisement with faculty.

The full-time and adjunct faculty members of the music therapy graduate program are nationally and internationally recognized music therapists engaging in cutting edge research and practice. Graduate students will receive supervision by Board-Certified (MT-BC), Licensed Creative Arts Therapists (LCAT) at hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, schools, outpatient clinics, hospices, and psychiatric centers in the New York City area. In addition, students will have opportunities to practice at the Rebecca Center for Music Therapy, Molloy College's on-campus music therapy clinic. This training will provide graduate students with clinical experience through observation, co-leading, leading, and documentation of music therapy sessions under the supervision and guidance of experienced Master's or Doctoral level music therapists.

Goals of the Master of Science Degree in Music Therapy

Graduates of the music therapy program will be able to:

  • Practice music therapy at an advanced level promoting healing through music experiences and therapeutic relationship

  • Understand client needs from various theoretical perspectives and clinical models

  • Work with a wide range of clients across a variety of clinical and educational settings

  • Utilize and apply advanced music skills in clinical practice

  • Engage in ongoing professional and personal development

  • Adhere to ethical standards of practice in music therapy

  • Understand and conduct research with the goal of producing scholarly writing in music therapy

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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