Music Therapy (BMTh)
Experience and Career Guide

Make the most out of your university career by taking advantage of all that Laurier has to offer you and learning about the many ways you can extend your classroom experience into the real world. There are so many opportunities to learn, lead, and embrace new opportunities all while having an exceptional student experience.

In this Guide

Learn the many ways you can extend your classroom experience to the real world.

Your Year-to-Year Experience

Enhance your academic experience by learning about the opportunities available in your program.

Explore Co-Curricular Experiences

Participate in co-curricular experiences to complement your Laurier
academic journey and gain meaningful learning opportunities.

As a Music Therapy student, you can: 

Outside of your program, there are many co-curricular opportunities for you to participate in. 

Design Your Degree

These are a few popular academic opportunities which allow you to dive deeper into your major area of study or broaden your knowledge. See undergraduate options, minors and courses for more information.

  • Management option
  • Psychology minor

Develop Your Knowledge and Skills

As a Laurier student, you will develop the following competencies through your curricular and co-curricular experiences.

Competency Framework

Competencies are categories of transferrable skills that appear on your online Experience Record to help you reflect on what you've learned from your experiences. The competencies include: 

  • Adaptability and Resiliency
  • Collaboration and Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Critical Thinking
  • Digital Literacy
  • Diversity and Intercultural Understanding
  • Functional Knowledge
  • Leadership
  • Problem Solving
  • Professional Attributes
  • Self-Awareness

Functional Knowledge

  • Develop a comprehensive view of music therapy within different healthcare settings.
  • Gain an awareness of how emotions, culture and society are expressed through music-making and listening.
  • Develop clinical referrals and assessment protocols to meet the needs of clients.
  • Think critically about how music affects clients in different healthcare settings.
  • Be aware of current theoretical trends in contemporary clinical practice.
  • Develop skills in clinical musicianship.
  • Gain an awareness of culture/societal change as expressed and represented through music.
  • Identify the balance between music and words, and how these are effectively used, within the therapeutic relationship.

Discover Career Options

All your experiences at Laurier can help you prepare for your future. Attend Career Centre events and workshops or book a career consulting appointment to explore career and further education options.

Pursuing Further Education

14 Music Therapy respondents from the 2022 Laurier Graduate Survey conducted by the Career Centre. Graduates were surveyed within 12 months of graduation.

Alumni Careers and Pathways

Sample Further Education Programs Within the First Year After Graduation

  • Master’s Degree - Ethnomusicology, Music Therapy

Sample Jobs Within the First Year After Graduation

  • administrative coordinator
  • music therapist
  • office services support
  • private music teacher
  • recreation assistant
  • school program facilitator
  • sexual assault counsellor

Careers Of Alumni Two to Five Years After Graduation

  • community support worker
  • coordinator, community relations
  • instructor therapist
  • music teacher
  • music therapist
  • occupational therapist
  • recording artist
  • teacher

Career Options and Resources

Need some guidance on what you can do with your degree? Discover some career options and find resources to help guide you. 

Career and Industry Options

  • community development/outreach
  • corrections
  • education/teaching
  • entrepreneurship
  • event planning
  • geriatric care
  • healthcare
  • journalism/media
  • library/museum
  • long-term care
  • mental health
  • rehabilitation
  • research
  • social service
  • technology
  • wellness

Your Experiences Tell Your Story

Share your story through your Laurier Experience Record. An interactive, shareable and official record of your hands-on experiences and learning opportunities at Laurier – the first of its kind in Canada!

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