The music therapy program and clinic at Oral Roberts University is built upon an integrated music therapy clinical program of cognitive-behavioral music therapy and neurologic music therapy (NMT). This integrated program develops clinical knowledge and treatment based on the analysis of individual's sensorimotor, cognitive, speech & language, communication, and social/emotional skills, and prepares music therapy students to utilize scientific evidence regarding human perception and the production of music to treat disorders of the human nervous system.

The music therapy program is dedicated to providing quality music therapy services to the local community through the operation of a professional music therapy clinic. This clinic allows students to gain professional experience by evaluating and treating clients, while receiving supervision from board-certified music therapists.

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What is music therapy?

The American Music therapy Association (AMTA) defines music therapy as the following:

...the clinical & evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program. Music therapy interventions can address a variety of healthcare & educational goals and many can benefit from music therapy services. The base of evidence in music therapy research is extensive and strong.

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Music therapy focuses on utilizing music interventions to create positive change in the following areas:

  • Sensorimotor/physical:
    • Gross/fine motor skills
    • Motor coordination
    • Hand-eye coordination
    • Pre-gait/gait training
    • Decreasing pain perception
    • Motor planning
    • Balance
    • Range of motion
    • Muscular strength/endurance
  • Cognitive:
    • Attention
    • Following directions
    • Short/long-term memory recall
    • Executive functioning
    • Concerete vs. abstract thinking
    • Sequencing
    • Reality-orientation
    • Impulse control
    • Imitation
  • Speech/language and communication:
    • Clarity of speech
    • Rate of speech
    • Volume
    • Breath control
    • Funtional language
    • Vocabulary expansion
    • Linguistics: semantics, morphology, syntax, phonetics
    • Lanugage comprehension
    • Communication exchange
  • Social and emotional:
    • Self-expression
    • Emotional regulation
    • Emotional processing
    • Coping skills
    • Family dynamics
    • Anxiety management
    • Interpersonal skills
    • Collaboration
    • Turn taking
    • Sharing
    • Social exchange: initiation/reciprocation

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Music Therapy Undergraduate and Equivalency Programs

The primary purpose of ORU’s music therapy program is to train and educate emerging music therapists to sit for the national board-certification exam. ORU's music therapy students will have the clinical skills, knowledge, and experience necessary to serve a wide range of patient populations at various health care & educational settings including :

  • Medical hospitals
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Hospice and palliative care
  • Psychiatric hospitals
  • Institutional facilities
  • Nursing homes/assisted living facilities
  • Pastoral care & ministry
  • Special education
  • Pediatric therapy center
  • Public schools
  • Private practice

ORU's music therapy students will have vast opportunities to develop the most advanced therapeutic knowledge and clinical skills in music therapy. The program includes:

  • A minimum of 5 semesters of clinical training in the following populations:
    • Typically developing children
    • Developmental
    • Geriatric
    • Psychiatric
    • Medical/rehabilitation
  • 100 % in-person clinical supervision from credentialed music therapy faculty/staff:
    • Licensed Professional Music Therapist (LPMT)
    • Board-Certified Music Therapist (MT-BC)
    • Neurologic Music Therapy Fellow (NMT-F)
  • Access to a professional music therapy clinic and national roster internship site

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Clinic Hours

Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Saturday CLOSED
Monday -Friday after hours by appointment


Contact Us

Email: musictherapy@oru.edu
Phone: 918-493-8040


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2448 E 81st St #124
Tulsa, OK 74137

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