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How will your music therapy education stack up?

Take a few moments to compare how the music therapy education in your home state compares with that of other states in the nation. The US has 59 brick and mortar music therapy schools.

Top Schools

In 2010, the top schools in the country with music therapy programs were:

  1. University of Minnesota-Twin Cities - located in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  2. University of Georgia - located in Athens, Georgia
  3. Michigan State University - located in East Lansing, Michigan

Student Demographics

In 2010, 283 students earned degrees in music therapy in the US. Of these students, 1 received certifications in music therapy, 223 received an undergraduate degree in music therapy, and 59 received a graduate-level degree in music therapy.


Students can pursue education in music therapy at the following levels:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Music Therapy
  • Master's Degree in Music Therapy
  • Doctoral Degree in Music Therapy
  • Certificate in Music Therapy

Music therapy students can expect to gain the following skills and/or knowledge while studying music therapy:

  • Music Theory
  • Active Listening
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Rehabilitation
  • Psychology of Music


The average tuition at music therapy schools around the nation was $17,377 per year in 2010. The music therapy schools that charged students the highest tuition rates were:

  1. Chapman University - located in Orange, California, students paid $36,764
  2. University of Miami - located in Miami, Florida, students paid $36,188
  3. Willamette University - located in Salem, Oregon, students paid $35,610

The following music therapy schools had the lowest tuition rates:

  1. East Carolina University - located in Greenville, North Carolina, students paid $4,477
  2. Utah State University - located in Logan, Utah, students paid $4,828
  3. Florida State University - located in Tallahassee, Florida, students paid $4,566

Projected Growth

The projected growth for music therapists is expected to be the fastest in the following states:

  1. Washington State - 30%
  2. Kansas - 28%
  3. Indiana - 20%


On average, a music therapist earns a salary of $50,566 per year in the US. However, factors such as your employer, professional associations and certifications, or professional associations and certifications can cause the salary for a music therapist to vary greatly. Music therapists in the following states make the highest salaries on average:

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music therapy?

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
Therapists, all other 13,440 $54,400