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Music Education – Music Therapy

The Master's Programme in Music Therapy provides knowledge of how music is used in health promotion and therapeutic purposes. The programme is for you with extensive experiences of music performance and who have an understanding of different music cultures and music features.

Unique Competence

The programme provides an important opportunity for skills training. It is for you who want to integrate musical, therapeutic and scientific skills. Music therapeutic knowledge and skills are used in society in health care, education, elderly care, social work and wellness.

The education involves theoretical studies, methodology, practical exercises and supervised practice. It concludes with a master's thesis in the field of music therapy.

Entrance Requirements

The one-year Master's Programme in Music Therapy is open for students with at least a 180 ECTS music teacher programme or corresponding qualifications and professional experience of using music in an educational or health-care context.

You can also be eligible on the strength of other higher education (psychologist, teacher, occupational therapist, physician or suchlike) plus documented practical and theoretical knowledge of music.

This programme leads to a Degree of Master in Music Education and the language of instruction is Swedish.

Admission takes place every two years.

Programme Content

Multidisciplinary focus

Theoretically, music therapy at KMH is closely related to subjects such as pedagogy, philosophy, psychology and psychotherapy and, as a science area, has a multidisciplinary character anchoring within both human sciences and natural sciences. Within a frame of humanistic music and modern psychodynamic and cognitive theory formation, the programme deals with many issues related to music, existential issues, health and disease.

As a student, you are expected to develop the knowledge, skills and abilities required to professionally plan, implement and evaluate music therapy. The programme is process-oriented and written reflection about your knowledge development runs as a red thread throughout the programme.


The course Music Therapy Theory and Methodology contains seminars with music therapeutic application exercises, placement, group supervision, development talks, lectures and literature studies. You will also learn to describe in writing and verbally the area's science-theoretical approaches as well as observe and describe interactional events.

The course Music Therapy as an Interdisciplinary Field of Knowledge builds on the previous course and deepens your knowledge of music therapy theory and how it can be applied in supervision. You also get the ability to observe and describe interactive musical events as well as develop a professional music therapy perspective.

The course Music Therapy as Operation and Field of Science focuses on group processes in music therapy and intertherapy.

The programme concludes with an independent written thesis work where you are expected to be able to plan, implement and report scientific studies in a relevant field, as well as critically review and evaluate reports and essays. The course also includes seminars and supervision.

Personal Psychotherapy

The programme has a psychotherapeutic orientation, which means that you will also be undergoing self-therapy with an authorized psychotherapist. An aim is to give you increased self knowledge, personal awareness and insight. Such therapy provides experience of a model for therapeutic orientation in work with other people

Regardless of future orientation as a psychologist and future professional role, it is a prerequisite to have good self-knowledge with the ability to switch between ones own and others' perspectives on problems and how they can be solved.

After the Programme

Music therapy is an established and research-based treatment method. In Europe, more than 5000 certified music therapists work in institutions, schools, nursing homes or private clinics.

They offer music therapy to a wide range of client groups, including children with learning disabilities, autism or behavioural disorders, adults with depression or trauma and anxiety, and older adults with Parkinson's disease or dementia.

You who have passed all the courses included in the programme, have the opportunity to apply for a Master's Degree Programme in Music Education, Degree of Master (60 credits) of Music Education with Specialisation in Music Therapy.

  • Teaching form:

    Master programme

  • Department:

    Music education

  • Pace of study:

    Part time

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  • Admissions:

    No admission to the academic year 2022/23.

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