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Interview: Interviews are usually held between January and June. The applicant’s personal statement should include: reasons why they feel drawn to the profession of music therapy, specific musical skills and details of relevant experience within caring professions. Some applicants will be asked to attend interviews and audition. This will usually include group improvisation with other applicants and an individual audition in which the applicant will: play prepared pieces, improvise on a given theme and sing a short song of their own choice. The interview will assess each applicant’s personal suitability for the profession, ability to reflect and readiness for the demands that the course entails. For international applicants, auditions and interviews may be
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Students should normally have an honours degree or equivalent, a high standard of practical musicianship and flexibility on at least one instrument (for single-line instrumentalists or singers, proficiency on a harmonic instrument is also required), and one year (or equivalent) of relevant experience with people in the community, education or health settings.
International: Where an honours degree has not been studied in English, students will be required to provide evidence of English language competence at no less than IELTS 7.0, and with no individual component score less than 6.5.
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Before I started studying at QMU, I was working in fundraising for a musical charity, but my working life had also encompassed care work as well as being a professional musician. When I began to investigate what music therapists do, I was delighted to find that there was indeed a job which seemed to demand my eclectic mix of skills! I talked to the Course Director initially, who was so helpful with suggestions for exploring it more.
I chose QMU because I live in Edinburgh and needed a place of study which was going to fit with my family life. Biting the bullet, I decided to do the Masters course full-time. Along with my supportive group of course peers, I found the Music Therapy staff hugely encouraging. The library was a dream, and I loved jumping back into academic life. The Course lecturers are practising music therapists themselves, and so there was a strong sense of 'real world' knowledge as well as guidance through assignments and research. Great role models!
What I loved about the course was that it taught such a blend of musical skills as well as clinical and therapeutic theory. The lecturers, visiting lecturers, and placement supervisors made it very much a two-way, interactive process.
It was a huge thrill when I was awarded the Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester Scholarship to present my research paper at the 12th World Congress of Music Therapy in Argentina a great research experience!
I'm now a self-employed music therapist, based in Edinburgh, and I work in various clinical settings, both health and education-based. My clients range from pre-schoolers with special needs to adults who suffer from dementia. I love the job, it fits round my family, and I don't think the learning will ever stop my time at QMU was the starting point for joining a great community of Scottish arts therapists, and the beginning of a commitment to lifelong learning, which I hope to formalise in the future with possible further study.
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