Study Music Therapy at the Academy
Communication skills and social interaction are the foundation of the Music Therapy study programme. Improvisation is central to the study of Music Therapy, as it is an important method of tuning in to different clients, and connecting with them on their own terms.
Students in the Master's programme in Music Therapy improvise and discuss their study programme.
Study Opportunities (currently only offered in Norwegian)
The Norwegian Academy of Music offers the following programmes in Music Therapy:
- Continuing Studies programme in Music and Health (fulltime:one year or part-time: two years)
- Master of Music Therapy
- Ph.D and doctoral level opportunities in Music and Health
Research and Development
The Music Therapy department at the Norwegian Academy of Music has a strong research team and collaboration contracts with international and domestic research communities and institutions operating in the field. The field of Music Therapy continuously changes in response to the needs of society.
The Centre for Research in Music and Health conducts research and several outreach programmes. Its objective is to expand knowledge about the relations between music and health.
Projects in Progress
GRUV - Joy, Rythm, Development and Growth (Glede, Rytme, Utvikling og Vekst). The project deals with facilitating free movement to music for small children under the age of three, in kindergartens in the Røros region.
Healthpromoting Music Furniture? The goal of the RHYME project is to improve health and life quality for persons with severe disabilities, through use of co-creative tangibles.
Musicians and Health. Individual music listening as a resource for health for professional musicians and music students applying the Guided Imagery and Music (GIM) method.
We work within a line of treatment which focuses on client resources, meaning that the therapist looks for and highlights strengths rather than problems with the client. Initiating treatment on the basis of a client's small or great resources and skills in musical play will often advance existing abilities and allow the client to discover and develop new skills.
Students are trained for professions in health care, social work, and education. Music Therapists are employed in a number of public sectors and institutions, such as:
- Care of elders
- Drug habilitation
- Psychiatric care
- Prison care
- Special pedagogy
- Adult learning