A: In actuality, education as a music therapist begins early in life, when a person begins learning a musical instrument or taking singing lessons. In Canada, certified music therapists complete a bachelor’s or master’s degree at a university approved by the Canadian Association for Music Therapists. The degree can include competencies like improvisation, group leadership, counselling skills, musical abilities on a variety of instruments, theories and models of music therapy, creative arts, assessment, and practicum experiences. The degree is followed by a 1,000-hour internship, which usually takes six months full time.

A: Capilano University is presently the only provider of music therapy education in British Columbia. Contact the coordinator of the program for more information at [email protected] or call 604-986-1911, local 2307.

A: Contact us at [email protected] and specify what part of BC you live in, how to contact you and if you have any preferences for days or populations to observe. We’ll post your inquiry to those who can have an observer on site.

A: There are four other music therapy education programs throughout Canada. The CAMT has a full list of programs. Go to www.musictherapy.ca/links.htm for locations and further information.

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