Master of Creative Music Therapy

Postgraduate Study

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Why Study Music Therapy at Western

Why Study Music Therapy at Western

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)

Professional accreditation

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).

Program structure

Our program structure is outlined in our handbook. Here you can view all of the subjects you will be studying.

Fees and delivery

Fees: $30,712* $8,944*

Delivery: On campus

Note: Fees quoted are based on 80 credit points.

Fees: AUD $31,488*

Delivery: On campus



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"The MCMT program was the perfect choice for me to train in a new field. The faculty provided a supportive and well-balanced course that prepared me to graduate career-ready. The MCMT was the best thing I ever did."

— Sarah Grey (Dean's Medal Recipient 2023)

"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."

— Winnie Choy (Dean's Medal Recipient 2023)

"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."

— Courtney Severini (Dean's Medal Recipient 2023)

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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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