Be a part of a vibrant & dynamic program of study, where you will engage in a creative learning approach on your journey to becoming a career-ready Registered Music Therapist (RMT).
As a graduate of this program you would be joining an evidence-based allied health profession, in which music is used to support people of all ages and life stages (some through the National Disability Insurance Scheme) within the domain areas of cognition, communication, movement, social engagement and emotional wellbeing.
Graduates of the Master of Creative Music Therapy often continue on to conduct music therapy research through our Master of Research or Doctoral programs.
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Learn how to creatively apply your existing music skills therapeutically to meet the needs of individuals and groups, through improvisational (creating improvised music), re-creative (creatively using repertoire/songs), compositional (creating songs/music) and receptive (creative listening) music therapy methods. Engage in the on-site lectorials, (a dynamic integration of lecture & tutorial) one day per week during semester time, and additional online synchronous and asynchronous learning activities on the other days.
In addition, you will experience a hands-on approach to developing your skills through our ‘Work Integrated Learning’ program that includes our innovative SiMPrac (Simulated Music Therapy Practicum) and Music Therapy Placements, which are provided flexibly as weekly or block placement modes, all under the professional supervision of Registered Music Therapists (RMTs).
During the program, you'll be working towards being able to:
- articulate the key tenets of a range of music therapy approaches and models, and the diverse settings in which they can be applied
- critically analyse current and emerging literature to understand individual circumstances and the social contexts in which music therapy takes place
- apply critical thinking knowledge to examine the broader theories that underpin the field, and the role of music therapy within the interprofessional environment
- utilise improvisational, re-creative, compositional, and receptive methods across in-person and online delivery modes- design and deliver music therapy programs including the aspects of referral, assessment, planning, sessions, evaluation, and closure
- communicate, illustrate, and advocate for the benefits of music therapy to specialist and non-specialist audiences utilising current and emerging research
- apply music therapy skills and knowledge for individuals and groups across the lifespan, to become a Registered Music Therapist (RMT) with the Australian Music Therapy Association (AMTA)
As a graduate of this program you are eligible to apply to register with the Australian Music Therapy Association (AMTA), which qualifies you to practice professionally in Australia as a Registered Music Therapist (RMT).
Fees and delivery
Delivery: On campus
Note: Fees quoted are based on 80 credit points.
Fees: AUD $31,488*
Delivery: On campus
Learn how our Master of Creative Music Therapy alumni are taking what they've gained from Western and making an impact in the world.
Sydney-Rella Pihema (RMT), MCMT Graduate 2020
As a Registered Music Therapist (RMT), Sydney works with a broad population ranging from babies and young children in early intervention, children and adults with disabilities, and elderly in the aged care sector. "I thrive in witnessing the transformative power music has to empower individuals to meet their individual goals in a fun and motivating way, and greatly appreciate the Master of Creative Music Therapy which prepared me for this work."
Imtiaz Chowdhury (RMT), MCMT Graduate 2021
As a Registered Music Therapist, and Director of a thriving therapy practice in Western Sydney, Imtiaz says – ’I am deeply grateful to Western Sydney University for setting me on a path to assist individuals with diverse needs.’ Inspired by this journey, he actively advocates for mental health and disability awareness, sharing his experiences to reduce stigma and promote resilience within the community.
Mark Flemming (RMT), MCMT Graduate 2017
As a Registered Music Therapist and business owner, Mark employs a number of Music Therapists throughout the Sydney area, specialising in Aged Care and Palliative Care. A vocalist, guitarist and pianist, Mark graduated from a Bachelor of Music at Western Sydney University and through the Masters of Creative Music Therapy course, took his musical skills and turned them into a career helping and supporting others.
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"This degree has equipped me with the essential therapeutic knowledge, hands-on experience, and qualifications needed for pursuing a fulfilling career in allied health setting."
"With an exceptional faculty of Australia’s leading academics in the field, this degree beautifully balances music skill development with the foundation of current research, therapeutic techniques and approaches."
Emerge from the Master of Creative Music Therapy with the skills you need to be a Registered Music Therapist (RMT) and work in your chosen fields, including:
- Mental healthcare services
- Community health services
- Disability services
- Rehabilitation services
- Early childhood services
- Family services
- Aged care services
- With NDIS clients
- Supervision of therapists
- Research & education sectors
Registered Music Therapists (RMTs) design and deliver music therapy programs including the aspects of referral, assessment, planning, sessions, evaluation, and closure for the benefit of individuals and groups within a strengths-based approach. Music therapists often work with other healthcare professionals, such as physicians, speech pathologists, and psychologists, to provide comprehensive care for their clients.
Music Therapy Supervisor
Therapy supervisors play a crucial role in the professional development of music therapists and other allied health professionals. Utilising music and verbal interactions, music therapy supervisors provide guidance, support, and feedback to therapists at all stages of their careers, from students to experienced professionals. Music therapy supervisors help music therapists to develop their therapeutic skills, improve their knowledge of music therapy theories and practices, thereby enhancing their professional growth.
Music Therapy University Educator
Music therapy university educators play an important role in preparing future music therapists through competency-based curricula with a strong emphasis on developing applied knowledge of foundational approaches, music therapy skills, applied practice, professional skills & research knowledge.
Music Therapy Researcher
Music therapy researchers study the effects of music and other related modalities on human health and well-being. They conduct a variety of research studies utilising quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods designs to investigate how music can be used to address cognition, communication, movement, social engagement and emotional wellbeing.
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*The tuition fees quoted above are the fees for the normal full-time study load of the program (60 credit points) per annum. International students will be subject to a variable fee regime; i.e. enrolled students will be required to pay fees during their program based on the approved fee for each calendar year. Fee changes (if any) will occur at 1 January each calendar year. Students who extend their program past the normal finish date of the program will be required to pay additional fees based on the prevailing fee level. Western Sydney University is a multi-campus institution. The University reserves the right to alter the location of its programs between campuses and other locations as necessary. Students should be aware of the possibility of change of location for the whole or part of programs for which they enrol and should plan for the need to travel between Western Sydney campuses.
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