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Monday, December 06, 2021 1:00 am

PFW to offer music therapy master's

ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette

Purdue University Fort Wayne is preparing to launch the first Master of Music Therapy program in northern Indiana, according to a news release.

Nancy Jackson will direct the new program, which is designed for professional music therapists and those without a music therapy undergraduate degree, the university said. It is set to begin next fall.

Jackson, who has led the music therapy undergraduate program since 2005, said the graduate program will let students take up to 100% of their coursework in music therapy so they might focus exclusively on developing advanced clinical knowledge and skill in a specialized area related to their professional goals.

“It is offered in a hybrid format so they can do graduate study without interrupting their lives,” Jackson said in a statement.

Under the hybrid format, 80% to 90% of coursework will be in a condensed residency on campus with the remainder completed online, the release said.

Two specialization track options will be offered – music therapy in integrative medicine and music therapy for infants, children and adolescents. Other elements include electives and opportunities for short-term music therapy study abroad courses, the release said.

“With this higher level of training, our graduates will help support the unique needs of clients across the region,” David Steffens, School of Music director, said in a statement.

Contact Jackson at or 260-481-6716 for information. 


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Indiana Tech

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Ivy Tech

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