Music Therapy

Bachelor of Music

Program Overview

The Music Department at ORU places a strong emphasis on imparting music's past, present and future prospects to its students within a Christian, charismatic environment. As part of the ongoing process to provide a comprehensive undergraduate foundation in music, the Music Department purposes to:

  • Provide opportunities for students to develop their music capabilities and interests through the use of music as a socializing force, as an aid to compassionate understanding of themselves and their environment and as an avenue of self-expression
  • Stimulate an appreciation and love for music through the study of its various disciplines
  • Develop techniques for mature evaluation of musical standard

Music Therapy Major

Music has been a therapeutic tool for centuries; and music therapy is an established health care profession that uses music to address physical, emotional, cognitive, spiritual, and social needs of individuals of all ages. The ORU Music Therapy Undergraduate Degree Program is approved by the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) and accredited by NASM. ORU is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

 Student Societies, Clubs and Extracurricular opportunities

The ORU Music Therapy program operates a professional music therapy clinic, housed on the first floor of ORU's CityPlex Tower; therefore, students have ample opportunities to develop their therapeutic skills and clinical competence with professional music therapists. The Music Therapy Clinic at ORU serves as one of the primary practicum sites for students.


The Music Therapy program at ORU aims to produce (1) Holy Spirit-empowered music therapists who are able to serve a wide range of patient populations with extensive clinical knowledge and experience, (2) equipped health-care professionals utilizing the evidence-based practice model of music in therapy and medicine, and (3) consummate promoters and marketers of music therapy. Upon graduation, music therapy students are eligible for a variety of employment opportunities including: a) rehabilitation therapists for individuals in medical settings and psychiatric hospitals, b) directors in early childhood education facilities and/or learning centers, c) pediatric specialists/therapists in schools or centers for children with developmental disorders, d) geriatric specialists/therapists in nursing homes, assisted living centers and/or geriatric health care facilities, e) interdisciplinary therapists for individuals with various disabilities in Creative Art Therapy centers, and f) private music therapists.

Course Offerings

  • Applied Music: Primary and Secondary Instrument
  • Music Therapy Instruments -- voice, guitar, percussion
  • Performance Ensembles
  • Music Seminar
  • Music Theory
  • Sight Singing and Ear Training
  • Class Piano
  • Introduction to Music Production
  • Conducting I
  • Piano Proficiency
  • Guitar Proficiency
  • Music Vocabulary Proficiency
  • Introduction to Music Therapy
  • Clinical Orientation
  • Music Therapy I: Developmental
  • Clinical I: Developmental
  • Music Therapy II: Geriatric
  • Clinical II: Geriatric
  • Music Therapy III: Psychiatric
  • Clinical III: Psychiatric
  • Music Therapy IV: Med/Rehab
  • Clinical IV: Med/Rehab
  • Instrumental Skills in Music Therapy
  • Music Therapy Research & Methods
  • Psychology of Music
  • Child Psychology
  • Psychology of Abnormal Behavior
  • Music Therapy Internship

Degree Plan

Admission to the music therapy program requires a separate application with the music department and an audition. Applicants are also required to schedule an interview with the coordinator of the Music Therapy program, Dr. Hayoung Lim. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance to the university by the Admissions Office; they will be notified of acceptance as a music major by the Music Department. Download a copy of the music therapy application here.


Dr. Hayoung Lim
Music Therapy Program Coordinator

Music Department