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Guildhall School of Music & Drama: Music Therapy

Institution Guildhall School of Music & Drama View institution profile
Department Music Therapy
Study type Taught


The Music Therapy Masters programme aims to realise students’ full musicianship potential and equip them with the knowledge and skills to work as a registered music therapist.

On this programme, students gain clinical experience with adults and children in a variety of settings, including:

  • Psychiatry and dementia

  • Special and main stream education

  • Learning disabilities

  • Communication disorders

Clinical practice is central to the training. Students gain clinical experience in at least two different placement settings in Year 1 supervised by HCPC-registered music therapists at hospitals, special schools and units in and around London. This is supplemented by clinical seminars, theoretical studies, and musicianship skills to support and integrate the clinical work. Clinical placements in Year 2 are two days a week, offering extended and in-depth experiences supported by further clinical seminars and professional practice classes.

Studying Music Therapy at Guildhall School is a unique experience. You will join one of the world’s leading conservatoires, receiving one-to-one tuition on both your Principal Study and Second Study instruments with the School’s teachers. The programme provides access to leading specialists in improvisation and an active research community, with the possibility of participating in research events.

Graduates will be prepared for employment in health, education, social and community service and the voluntary sector, and are eligible to register as Arts Therapists with the HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council) and as professional members of the British Association for Music Therapy.

Master of Arts - MA (PG)

Guildhall School of Music & Drama

Guildhall School is a vibrant, international community of musiciansactors and production artists in the heart of the City of London.

Ranked as the top UK conservatoire in the Guardian music and drama league tables, we deliver world-class professional training in partnership with distinguished artists, companies and ensembles. 

A global leader in creative and professional practice, we promote innovation, experiment and research, and are also one of the UK’s leading providers of lifelong learning in the performing arts, offering inspiring training for children, young people, adult learners, and creative and business professionals. …

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