The UMKC General Education Core is the university-wide curriculum that all undergraduate students will complete. The 30-credit hour core curriculum includes three course types designated as Anchor, Discourse and Focus and is detailed in the General Education section of the catalog.
Every undergraduate student must take a course covering the United States Constitution and the Missouri State Constitution before graduation. Course options are included in the program requirements section below.
Candidates for all baccalaureate degrees must complete the online UMKC RooWriter Writing Assessment after they have passed Discourse 200 (or its equivalent) but before they have attained 90 credit hours. Incoming transfer students with more than 90 credit hours must complete the RooWriter by the end of their first semester of enrollment or within one semester after passing Discourse 200 (or its equivalent). Students who have not completed the RooWriter Writing Assessment within two semesters after passing Discourse 200 (or its equivalent) will be blocked from enrollment until they successfully complete the RooWriter. Additional information is available in the Undergraduate Academic Regulations and Information section of the catalog.
Information on exit examinations and/or major field exams is available in the Undergraduate Academic Regulations and Information section of the catalog.
Additional Admission Criteria
- Students should be able to qualify for Applied Lessons, for two hours of credit in their major performance area.
- Emotional stability and good physical stamina are also essential for a music therapist.
- Applicants are required to complete an interview with a music therapy faculty member prior to admission.
Student Learning Outcomes
Students graduating from this program will:
- Undergraduate students will be able to play and accompany self, using multiple keys and accompaniment patterns on the guitar and piano while singing in a pleasing tone quality.
- Undergraduate students will be able to lead and interact with others in a manner that engages them in the music-based experience as demonstrated by the ability to accompany self while singing, providing clear direction and/or expectation, direct eye contact, and appropriate affect.
- Undergraduate students will be able to sight read simple songs using voice, guitar and piano.
- Undergraduate students will be able to transcribe a simple, yet complimentary harmonic accompaniment pattern to an unfamiliar musical recording of contemporary music based on a listening experience.
- Undergraduate students will describe the music therapy treatment process for various populations served by music therapists.
- Undergraduate students will explain professional development and responsibilities used in the field of music therapy.
Program Specific Recommendations for UMKC General Education Core Coursework
|Anchor I (ANCH 103 recommended)||3|
|Anchor II 1||3|
|Anchor III 1||3|
|DISC 100||Discourse I: Reasoning and Values (Speech and Writing)||3|
|DISC 200||Discourse II: Culture and Diversity (Writing and Speech)||3|
|DISC 300||Discourse III: Civic and Community Engagement (Speech and Writing)||3|
|Focus A (Satisfied in program requirements below)|
|Focus B 1||3|
|Focus C (May be satisfied by the Constitution course requirement below. HISTORY 101 OR HISTORY 102 recommended)|
|Focus Elective (Satisfied in program requirements below)|
|'Total credits' in this section indicates the number of Genereal Education Core credit hours that are not met by the degree specific requirements outlined below.|
See the UMKC General Education Core section of the catalog for available Anchor and Focus course options.
Constitution Course Requirement
Section 170.011.1 of the Missouri Revised Statutes, 2015, states that all candidates for a degree issued by a college or university in the state of Missouri must have “satisfactorily passed an examination on the provisions and principles of the Constitution of the United States and of the state of Missouri, and in American history and American institutions.”
Courses at UMKC that satisfy this state requirement are:
|Choose one of the following:||3|
|The Supreme Court And The Criminal Process|
|U.S. History to 1877 (Focus C) 1|
|U.S. History Since 1877 (Focus C) 1|
|Constitutional History of the United States|
|Honors American Government (Focus C) 1|
|American Government (Focus C) 1|
Course may satisfy both the UMKC General Education Core (Focus C) and Constitution requirements.
There are a few other ways this requirement can be satisfied for students transferring to UMKC:
- Take an equivalent course from the list above at a regionally accredited institution.
- Earn credit for one of the above courses through AP, IB, or CLEP.
- Take a course that directly satisfies the Missouri Constitution Requirement at another Missouri institution.
- Have a previous bachelors degree (or higher) from a regionally accredited institution.
- Have an Associate of Arts degree from a regionally accredited institution.
- Complete the 42 Hour Core at a Missouri institution and have it listed on the official transcript.
|CONSVTY 110||Keyboard Skills I||1|
|CONSVTY 123||Keyboard Skills II||1|
|CONSVTY 223||Keyboard Skills III||1|
|CONSVTY 310||Keyboard Skills IV||1|
|Applied Lessons and Studio 1, 2|
|CONSVTY 101C||Voice Class I||2|
|Instrument 101 (Freshmen Instrument I)||2|
|Instrument 102 (Freshmen Instrument II)||2|
|Instrument 201 (Sophomore Instrument I)||2|
|Instrument 202 (Sophomore Instrument II)||2|
|Instrument 300 (Studio-4 semesters)|
|CONSVTY 141||Musicianship I||4|
|CONSVTY 142||Musicianship II||4|
|CONSVTY 241||Musicianship III||4|
|CONSVTY 242||Musicianship IV||4|
|Music History and Literature|
|CONSVTY 351||History of Music in Western Civilization I (Focus A)||3|
|CONSVTY 352||History of Music in Western Civilization II (Focus A)||3|
|Arranging and Conducting|
|CONSVTY 380||Basic Conducting - Choral||2|
|or CONSVTY 381||Basic Conducting - Instrumental|
|CONSVTY 425A||Arranging for Choral Groups||2|
|or CONSVTY 425B||Arranging Instrumental|
|CONSVTY 437||Computer Literacy for Musicians||1|
|CONSVTY 315||Music Therapy Piano Techniques||2|
|CONSVTY 316||Music Therapy Guitar Techniques||2|
|CONSVTY 373E||Instrumental Techniques Percussion||1|
|CONSVTY 373G||Instrumental Techniques Guitar||1|
|Ensemble (4 semesters from the following)||4|
|Conservatory Wind Ensemble|
|Conservatory Concert Choir|
|CONSVTY 369||Clinical Skills Lab (4 semesters)||4|
|CONSVTY 138||Music Therapy Foundations||2|
|CONSVTY 317||Music Therapy Ensemble and Improvisation Techniques||2|
|CONSVTY 342||This is Your Brain on Music (Focus A)||3|
|CONSVTY 366||Clinical Foundations II||3|
|CONSVTY 395||Clinical Foundations||3|
|CONSVTY 408||Music in Therapy:Adults||3|
|CONSVTY 409||Music in Therapy: Children||3|
|CONSVTY 435||Psychological Foundations of Music||3|
|PSYCH 210||General Psychology (Focus C)||3|
|Electives (Psychology or counseling)||12|
Minimum GPA: 2.0
Total Credit Hours: 123
Graduates may apply for membership by contacting the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA). For Board Certification, graduates may contact the Certification Board for Music Therapy (CBMT). All coursework must be completed before beginning CONSVTY 410. Therapy students are required to enroll in a professional liability insurance program.
Tools for Planning and Fulfilling Academic Requirements
UMKC's Major Maps are detailed, semester by semester plans that lead a student to complete all degree requirements within four years. Plans include benchmarks and critical courses by term that assist a student’s evaluation of progress and major “fit”. In order to ensure that the appropriate courses are taken, students are encouraged to consult with the undergraduate advisor for this major.
UMKC’s Degree Audit System provides an individual evaluation of all degree requirements (General Education Core, Degree Specific, Major Specific, etc.) for student’s officially recorded (Office of Registration and Records) and “what if” plans of study. This evaluation is used to certify all graduation requirements.