Currently The New Zealand School of Music in Wellington is the only educational facility in New Zealand to offer a Master of Music Therapy Degree (MMusTher).

The music therapy programme is two years in length and includes music therapy principles and methods study, clinical training experiences (practicum), selected topics, study of indigenous music of selected cultures, and casework/research projects. In addition to studies in Wellington, students may also have clincial placements at varied sites throughout New Zealand. Students gain clinical expertise (1,200 hours) and are supervised by a number of New Zealand’s Registered Music Therapists. Successful graduates are eligible to apply to the Registration Board of Music Therapy New Zealand to become a Registered Music Therapist (RMTh).

Entry requirements for the Master of Music Therapy include a previous relevant bachelor’s degree with psychology-related papers to at least 25 points, and a comprehensive musical training and bachelor’s-equivalent playing level. Qualified music therapists with existing postgraduate training may be able to complete the research component degree in one year. Opportunities for doctoral study are also available. In addition to the academic prerequisites, applicants for admission are required to audition and take part in an interview to establish suitability for a career in music therapy.

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