Music Therapy Training

New Zealand School of Music offers a Master of Music Therapy Degree (MMusTher).
The music therapy programme is two years in length and includes music therapy principles and methods study, clinical training experiences (practicum), selected topics, study of indigenous music of selected cultures, and casework/research projects. In addition to studies in Wellington, students may also have clincial placements at varied sites throughout New Zealand. Students gain clinical expertise (1,200 hours) and are supervised by a number of New Zealand’s Registered Music Therapists. Successful graduates are eligible to apply to the Registration Board of Music Therapy New Zealand to become a Registered Music Therapist (RMTh).
Entry requirements for the Master of Music Therapy include a previous relevant bachelor’s degree with psychology-related papers to at least 30 points, and a comprehensive musical training and bachelor’s-equivalent playing level. Qualified music therapists with existing postgraduate training may be able to complete the research component degree in one year. Opportunities for doctoral study are also available. In addition to the academic prerequisites, applicants for admission are required to audition and take part in an interview to establish suitability for a career in music therapy.


Dr. Daphne Rickson
Music Therapy Lecturer
New Zealand School of Music
Mt Cook Campus
P.O. Box 600
Wellington 6140
Ph: 04 463 5233 extn 35808
Associate Professor Sarah Hoskyns