Minor in Music and Health


In this program, students explore the intersections between music, health, and overall wellbeing. Students take core requirements that establish breadth of understanding of the field by providing a cultural, neuroscience, social science, and applied perspective. This program will support musicians and community leaders looking to develop beginning knowledge and skills in research, program development, community engagement, and/or entrepreneurship within the music and health landscape, and includes professional opportunities in community and medical-based settings. 

Entrance Requirements

None; this minor is open to all B.M. and P.D.M. students. Submit the Declaration of Major/Minor form to the Music Therapy Department. See detailed instructions in the Registration Guide

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will:

  • examine the scientific and cultural underpinnings for the use of arts-based experiences to impact health outcomes
  • explore trends in practice and underlying ethical frameworks that are part of the professional toolkit of artists who use arts-based experiences to promote public health outcomes
  • demonstrate beginning skills sets in arts-based research engagement for program/product development; and
  • articulate the value of multidisciplinary collaboration for arts-based health promotion.
Curriculum and Courses

Core Courses (take two courses; 5 credits):

  • MTH-201 Introduction to Music Therapy (2 credits)
  • LSOC-212 Psychology of Music (3 credits)

Electives (select three courses up to 6 credits):

  • MTH-211 Mind-Body Disciplines for Musicians (1 credit)
  • MTH-290 Arts in Public Health Practicum (2 credits)
  • MTH-310 Community Engaged Research (2 credits)
  • MTH-330 Music and Health Innovation Studio (2 credits)
  • MTH-390 Community Program Development (2 credits)