Bachelor of Science in Music Therapy

"Music therapists are essential workers who share their passion for providing music experiences to foster health." 

-Dr. John Carpente, Executive Director, The Rebecca Center

The Bachelor of Science in Music Therapy provides students with the necessary theoretical knowledge, practical techniques, and clinical experience required to use music as a therapeutic modality with children and adults who have special needs. The interdisciplinary undergraduate program emphasizes developmental health across the lifespan and incorporates music coursework to develop students' musicianship skills, as well as coursework in Psychology to provide models for evaluations and treatment of clinical populations. We are the only Undergraduate Music Therapy Program in the New York City Area that is approved by the American Music Therapy Association.

Molloy College is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

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Learning Outcomes:

  • Apply clinical and functional musical skills toward music therapy practice, including proficiency, knowledge, and flexibility using the voice, piano, and guitar to improvise, compose, and recreate pre-composed music.
  • Apply theoretical knowledge, methods, techniques, and clinical experiences by interpreting and synthesizing information with accuracy.
  • Be knowledgeable and respectful of diverse cultural backgrounds while treating all persons with dignity and respect, providing a culturally-informed approach.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of current issues, philosophies, scholarship, methods, materials, research, continuing education opportunities, and practices in music therapy.
  • Locate, leverage, and/or create opportunities for musical and social engagement in a variety of diverse communities.

Reinventing Internships for Molloy Music Therapy Interns During COVID-19

When Molloy classes switched to alternate learning modes, music therapy interns were being recalled from their internship sites. The Music Therapy faculty were in a dilemma about how to, in addition to shifting learning delivery methods, find ways for the students to complete clinical hours. They knew they had to act quickly to help the students stay engaged and find ways for them to continue to develop as clinicians.

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Course Content

Early musical development • Music experiences within developmental stages • Vocal, movement, and instrumental improvisation • Sign language • Technology-assisted song writing • Hands-on fieldwork and internship with expert supervisors 

Career outcomes for Molloy Music Therapy Students

Music therapists can pursure careers in the following fields:

  • Public schools
  • Private schools
  • Centers for individuals with developmental disabilities
  • Hospitals
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Nursing homes
  • Assisted living facilities
  • Outpatient care facilities
  • Psychiatric inpatient and outpatient centers
  • Community-based wellness programs
  • Private practice 

Our graduates are employed in a variety of sites where they use their talent and clinical skills to help people from diverse backgrounds. Some examples include:

Sylvia, (BSMT '17, MSMT '20): Music Therapist, Menorah Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation

Jan (BSMT '17, MSMT '20): Music Therapist, The Rebecca Center for Music Therapy and Mt. Sinai Psychiatric Center

Elizabeth (BSMT '17, MSMT '20): Music Therapist, Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center

Anne (BSMT '17): Music Therapist, Alternatives for Children

Konomi (BSMT '18): Music Therapist, Japanese Education System

Music Therapy B.A.

Music Therapy B.A.

Music Therapy M.A

The Rebecca Center for Music Therapy

Ensembles and Performance Opportunities

Plan of Study 8 Semester Plan (PDF)

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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