Study Music Therapy at HCC
The Music Department at Howard Community College is the only institution of higher education in Maryland that offers courses in Music Therapy.
HCC ‘s music therapy courses introduce the student to the history and profession of music therapy, the populations served by music therapists, techniques used by music therapists, and provide practical experiences with board-certified music therapists. Through the practicum courses, music therapy students are able to observe and assist board-certified music therapists who work throughout the area.
Being a two-year college, HCC is unable to offer a degree in music therapy. To create a pathway to a degree in music therapy, a transfer program was instituted. Through the efforts of many people, HCC has an Articulation Agreement with Immaculata University in Pennsylvania. Immaculata University’s program, approved by the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA), offers Bachelor, Master, and Ph.D. degrees in Music Therapy. Through this articulation agreement, students who complete the AA degree in Music and a Letter of Recognition in Music Therapy at Howard Community College are able to enter Immaculata University as juniors.
Music Therapy Services at HCC
Board-certified music therapists (MT-BC) are working on campus with clients from the surrounding area through HCC’s The Music Institute (TMI). The Music Institute is HCC’s non-credit community music school staffed by HCC’s music faculty.
Board-certified music therapists have been offering individual and group sessions in music therapy to the residents in the surrounding areas since The Music Institute began. Presently, three board-certified music therapists work with area clients of all ages, in several special needs’ areas. Both HCC’s music therapy students and MT-BCs benefit from this arrangement. Music therapy students are able to assist and observe MT-BCs on campus.
Our MT-BCs have access to HCC facilities, instruments, and equipment to work with their clients, opportunities to teach courses at the college, and an array of possibilities for their clients. In many cases, MT-BCs and music faculty work together. Presently, music therapy clients are participating in music ensembles, preparing to perform in Music Institute recitals and recording CDs. Group sessions in socialization and music therapy and art are available for our younger clients. Through a cooperative effort between the Arts & Humanities Division and the Bain Senior Center, a senior choir, under the direction of a music therapist and accompanied by a member of HCC’s music faculty, rehearses regularly and performs six times a year.
The Music Therapy Experience at HCC is only possible through the participation, support, cooperation, and collaboration of many people, including the Arts & Humanities’ Division administration, the directors, faculty and staff of the Music Department and The Music Institute, the HCC MT-BCs and MT-BCs throughout the area who have helped to make the practicum experiences for HCC students so exemplary. Most important is the inspiration that we receive every day from our clients and their families. Lastly, we must never forget that music is the common thread that weaves the HCC Music Therapy Experience, a musical quilt if you will, together.