Student Perspectives

Use music to improve the quality of life for individuals with a wide diversity of challenges across the entire lifespan. Music Therapy at NYU Steinhardt helps you to combine your love of music and your commitment to helping others into a rewarding professional career.

Through the unique features of the program, you will learn how to help people engage with music in ways that will afford the achievement of health-related and other social goals:

  • Our internationally recognized faculty are active clinicians who continue to innovate and contribute to the profession through conference presentations and publications. Their extensive experience guides their instruction, which equips you to succeed long after graduation.
  • Access to a rich pool of hands-on clinical internships in the New York City area at schools; medical and psychiatric hospitals; shelters; drug rehabilitation centers; prisons; and special facilities for the homeless, elderly, developmentally disabled, and terminally ill
  • Small classes and individualized instruction
  • Access to the Nordoff-Robbins Center for Music Therapy, where you can actively engage with innovative clinical and research practices
  • Lectures and workshops presented by leading music psychotherapists
  • A program within NYU Steinhardt’s Department of Music and Performing Arts, which exposes you to a spectrum of music-related opportunities
  • American Music Therapy Association - approved coursework that fulfills the academic requirements for board certification in music therapy (MT-BC) through the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) and licensure as a creative arts therapist (LCAT)

The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) does not address approval for academic programs leading to professional licensure or certification. The Music Therapy Program is currently in the process of researching state requirements for professional licensure and/or certification outside the State of New York, as it relates to music therapy. Please contact for additional information.