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Music therapy is an allied health profession and one of the expressive therapies, consisting of an interpersonal process in which a trained music therapist uses music and all of its facets—physical, emotional, mental, social, aesthetic, and spiritual—to help clients to improve or maintain their health. Music therapists primarily help clients improve their health across various domains (e.g., cognitive functioning, motor skills, emotional and affective development, behavior and social skills, and quality of life) by using music experiences (e.g., singing, songwriting, listening to and discussing music, moving to music) to achieve treatment goals and objectives. It is considered both an art and a science, with a qualitative and quantitative research literature base incorporating areas such as clinical therapy, biomusicology, musical acoustics, music theory, psychoacoustics, embodied music cognition, aesthetics of music, and comparative musicology. Referrals to music therapy services may be made by other health care professionals such as physicians, psychologists, physical therapists, and occupational therapists. Clients can also choose to pursue music therapy services without a referral (i.e., self-referral).

Music therapists are found in nearly every area of the helping professions. Some commonly found practices include developmental work (communication, motor skills, etc.) with individuals with special needs, songwriting and listening in reminiscence/orientation work with the elderly, processing and relaxation work, and rhythmic entrainment for physical rehabilitation in stroke victims.

The Turco-Persian psychologist and music theorist al-Farabi (872–950), known as "Alpharabius" in Europe, dealt with music therapy in his treatise Meanings of the Intellect, where he discussed the therapeutic effects of music on the soul.Robert Burton wrote in the 17th century in his classic work, The Anatomy of Melancholy, that music and dance were critical in treating mental illness, especially melancholia.

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Matching Music Therapy Colleges

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Florida State University
Four or more years; Public; $17,544 average out-state tuition; $3,100 average in-state tuition
Berklee College of Music
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $33,460 average out-state tuition; $33,460 average in-state tuition
Arizona State University
Four or more years; Public; $21,807 average out-state tuition; $9,208 average in-state tuition
Maryville University of Saint Louis
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $21,922 average out-state tuition; $21,922 average in-state tuition
University of Kansas
Four or more years; Public; $19,500 average out-state tuition; $7,611 average in-state tuition
State University of New York at New Paltz
Four or more years; Public; $14,320 average out-state tuition; $5,270 average in-state tuition
Utah State University
Four or more years; Public; $14,204 average out-state tuition; $4,412 average in-state tuition

Music Therapy Scholarships

Name Amount Deadline
3+1 Healthcare Scholarship $2,500 November 01, 2016
Health and Life Science Scholarship - IUPUI Up to $2,500 May 15, 2017
Occupational/Physical Therapy Scholarship - DAR $2,000 February 10, 2017
Colonel R. James Glikes Memorial Scholarship $1,600 November 01, 2016
Volunteers in Action Scholarship - College of DuPage $1,000 November 01, 2016
Armenian American Medical Society Scholarship $1,000 October 16, 2016
Dr. Lehman W. Spry, Jr., DDS Scholarship Up to $1,800 November 15, 2016
Veterans Healthcare Scholarship $500 November 01, 2016
Mr. and Mrs. K.R. Hodges Scholarship Up to $500 March 01, 2017
Klein's Science / Pharmacy Major Scholarship - Harford CC $500 November 15, 2016