Music Therapy Equivalency (M)

*Advising with regard to the courses taken at Alverno College will be done with Alverno College MT Director. 

The Music Department contributes to the spiritual, artistic, cultural, academic and co-curricular aspects of campus life at the University. In doing so, the faculty is committed to blending talent and fellowship to the highest degrees of professional artistry in praise of the Lord’s name. We additionally hope to impact our surrounding community while fulfilling our purpose.

A complete listing of enforceable Music Department procedures is published annually in the Music Department handbook, which is issued at Music Major orientation. 

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Goal #1. Students will exhibit competent performing skills on their major instrument.
  • Goal #2. Students will exhibit strong theoretical/historical knowledge, demonstrated in performance (recital) and communication (writing/speaking) skills.
  • Goal #3. Students will demonstrate competence in vocal, keyboard, and conducting performance skills at a professional level. 
  • Goal #4. Students will exhibit professional speaking, writing, and social skills appropriate to their major area. 
  • Goal #5. Students will demonstrate understanding of practical and aesthetic considerations (choosing music, teaching techniques, evaluation procedures, critical listening) appropriate to successful achievement in their chosen musical field.


Music Major Requirements 150
CUW Core Requirements45
Social Science Requirements6
Alverno Music Therapy Courses38
Total Hours139

Music Majors who are already proficient in required instrumentation may have adjusted course totals. See footnotes for MUS 204 and MUS 235. 

Required Core Courses
Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology (OR) 4
Elements of General and Biological Chemistry
Required Courses
MUS 080Concert/Recital Attendance (each semester) 10
MUS 130Guitar Class1
MUS 204Keyboard Skills 22
MUS 235Applied Guitar 22
MUS 240Music Theory I3
MUS 241Music Theory II3
MUS 242Music Theory III3
MUS 243Music Theory IV3
MUS 250Beginning Conducting3
MUS 271Music History I3
MUS 272Music History II3
MUS 273Music History III3
MUS 315Techniques of Teaching Voice1
MUS 358Techniques of Teaching Percussion1
MUS 351Advanced Conducting3
or MUS 445 Composing and Arranging
MUS 499Recital (Principal area)2
Applied Music (Minimum 2 credits each semester in principal area)14
Ensemble 30
Social Science Requirements for Music Therapy Equivalency
PSY 230Life Span Development3
PSY 425Abnormal Psychology3
Music Therapy Courses - Alverno College38
Total Hours94

All music majors are required to register for MUS 080. Not registering is the same as not passing. A music major must pass 7 of 8 semesters. If a student fails 2 consecutive semesters, the student will be required to attend a hearing with the music faculty.


Proficiency-based: These courses are required based on skill level. Students who pass a proficiency test on this instrument are not required to take this course. This may change credit totals for Music Majors who are already proficient in Keyboard and/or Guitar. 


Participation in ensembles is required every semester while in residency. All music majors and minors audit ensembles.


This course is included in CORE requirements.

To gain degree-seeking status as a music major, a student must:

  1. Successfully pass a qualifying audition;
  2. Prepare and present a portfolio of musical activities and accomplishments; 
  3. Audition by the deadline of the 2nd semester from the time of major declaration. 
  4. Transfer students: have their transcripts evaluated by the music faculty for determination of credited coursework and hours. 

Keyboard proficiency test or MUS 204 Keyboard Skills class required of all Music Majors.