Graduate Internship

The second level in which students participate in the Center is through their year-long academic internship. These students 1) attend weekly training seminars in clinical theory and practice, improvisational resources and techniques, and group music therapy; 2) participate in group and individual Music Therapy sessions and documentation of these sessions; 3) obtain weekly supervision from experienced Internship supervisors; and 4) may assist in recording sessions. Only those students enrolled in Masters level music therapy programs are eligible for participation in the intern program.


An audition/Interview will take place at the Nordoff-Robbins Center for Music Therapy at New York University. The process for those unable to be onsite may take place via Skype. 

During the audition we wish to get a sense of you as a musician, especially your receptivity and ability to be responsive in the moment; your ability to hear musical potential as you play with another person; your ear training and harmonic knowledge. Please be prepared to:

  1. Play the piano and/or guitar and sing.
  2. Prepare music in a variety of styles, i.e., classical, popular songs, jazz, original music, etc.
  3. Improvise music on piano or guitar and voice as interviewer plays various instruments and enacts clinical scenarios.

The interview is also an opportunity for us to get to know you as a person and to sense your potential to do this work. We encourage you to discuss your previous clinical experiences and ask that you bring video or audio examples of work (if appropriate.) This is also a time that we can answer any questions you might have about the clinical studies involved in the Internship.

NYU Steinhardt Master's Program in Music Therapy