Master’s Degree in Music Therapy

This master’s degree is in the process of being officially recognized.

Places available15
Calendar1st year: September 30, 2022 - June 17, 2023
2nd year: October 6, 2023 - June 21, 2024
ScheduleWeeks online:
Friday from 7pm to 9pm
Saturday from 9am to 3pm
Sunday from 9.30am to 1.30pm
Teaching languageCatalan, Spanish, English
ModePart-time: one weekend a month, face-to-face at the ESMUC (Friday afternoon to Sunday noon).
Everything else, online.
Fees credit95,28 €

Music is inherent to human beings and is a means of expression, development, health and cohesion for people. Music Therapy is a scientifically based professional specialty which uses music to improve the lives of people with special needs in educational, health and social domains.
If you:

  • Believe in the potential of music

  • Are interested in the world of education and in learning new resources to help children with special educational needs.

  • Want to open new channels of communication with people with mental disorders.

  • Wish to specialize in working with patients with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, stimulating their memory, aiding their orientation and helping them to reconnect with themselves.

  • Feel that you’d really like to help relieve the suffering of people in hospital.

  • Want to contribute to improving the quality of life of people through music.

In ESMUC you’ll acquire the skills that will help you develop as a Music Therapist, and you’ll experience the profession from the first moment, with professionals who currently work in leading specialized centres, and with the best teachers and researchers in each field.

In addition, students in this master’s degree have access to music classrooms, recording classrooms, a wide variety of instruments and the opportunity to actively participate in the experiences and musical activities offered by the center.

Access and admission

In addition to the general requirements to access any master’s degree, the student must show:

  • Musical knowledge and skills (in case you do not have a music degree). To accredit this knowledge, an audiovisual recording of the candidate singing or playing a musical instrument must be submitted. They can be solo or accompanied performances.

The following criteria will be taken into account for the assessment of musical skills:

  • Technical mastery of the instrument

  • Communication / transmission of interpretation, coherence and interpretive creativity and use or not of a harmonic instrument.

In addition, it is requested:

  • Knowledge of English at the level of oral and reading comprehension

  • Presentation of a CV and a letter of motivation

An online or face-to-face personal interview will be conducted.


Although the master’s degree can be taken in 1 year exceptionally, following the training criteria recommended by the European Music Therapy Confederation (EMTC) and the World Federation of Music Therapy (WFMT), it is recommended that this master’s degree be completed in two years. academic years, part-time. The syllabus consists of the following subjects and subjects:

Common compulsory subjects
Theoretical foundations of music therapy
Introduction to music therapyQ12
Introduction to music therapy researchQ32
Psychological and neuroscientific bases of Music TherapyQ12
Methodological foundations of music therapy
Application of music therapy in the different areas of interactionAnnual8
Professional aspects of music therapyAnnual2
Work models in music therapyAnnual5
Music and technological resources in music therapy
Functional instrumental trainingAnnual6
Technological Resources: Basic Tools and Clinical ApplicationsQ31
Composition / Improvisation Annual (2n year) 3
Body techniques in the clinical contextQ22
Formation and practice of setsQ2 and Q32
Piano funcionalAnnual4
Functional guitarAnnual4
Clinical and therapeutic resources in Music Therapy
Help relationshipAnnual2
Music therapy and self-experience Annual1
Psychotherapies-Psychotherapeutic modelsAnnual (2n year) 4
External internships
external internships IAnnual 2
external internships II Anual (2n year)  4
Final Master's Thesis
Final project Annual (2n year)6
Objectives and competencies

The purpose of this program is to train professional music therapists, in an environment of high musical level, so that they can work in a variety of fields: educational, health and community.

The learning process that students will carry out in this master’s degree must lead them to a preparation that ensures their professional competence together with the empowerment and optimization of their personal development. The training offers future specialists the knowledge and theoretical and practical skills that they will need in professional practice, as well as the methodological rigor and the attitude of constant self-improvement that will lead them to be agents of the development of the profession. Continuing education is essential for this profession, which is constantly evolving.

The objectives of the Master in Music Therapy are:

  • To guarantee the acquisition by the student of the theoretical contents, always based on the scientific rigor, related to the discipline of the Music Therapy and his diverse fields of application.

  • To train students in the use and mastery of music therapy techniques with their adaptations and adaptations in their various areas of application.

  • To train students in the capacity for analysis and reflection in order to be challenged by the reality of their own experience.

  • Promote the values ​​of flexibility, active listening, empathy and constant self-improvement.

The music therapist must be prepared to care for people – whether they are children, young people, adults or the elderly – with some kind of need. Its areas of intervention are educational, medical-hospital and socio-community.

In all of them, the necessary competencies of a professional music therapist are located in three areas:


Competencies in the field of music include: mastery of accompaniment instruments, mastery of the voice, improvisation, conducting ensembles, composition, arrangements, knowledge of a variety of repertoire and musical styles among others, as well as techniques. pedagogical related to music education that allow the adaptation to the different levels of the participants.


Clinical competencies include: empathy, ability to observe from an ethical and respectful perspective, knowledge of supportive and psychotherapeutic techniques in specific groups, assessment, design, treatment planning, and communication and teamwork.

Music therapy

Music therapy skills include: self-experience, knowledge of the psychological and neuroscientific foundations of music therapy, understanding of the theoretical foundations of music therapy, familiarity with different methodological guidelines, knowledge of the scientific literature on the subject, as well as mastery of music therapy techniques. specific to specific environments and groups.

Career opportunities

The professional careers of a trained music therapist are very wide, as the fields of application of music therapy are diverse: educational, medical-hospital and socio-community. Thus, our graduates work in:

  • The field of education: general schools, special education schools, music schools, hospital classrooms.

  • The clinical field: hospitals, rehabilitation centers, geriatric centers, day centers.

  • The social sphere: coordinating groups and collective activities with children, young people, adults, pregnant women and the elderly and in private consultations.

  • The field of disability: rehabilitation centers, vocational training centers to work on the potential of children, young people and adults with physical, intellectual and sensory disabilities and to improve their quality of life.

  • The business environment: helping to incorporate corporate policies, work on emotional intelligence and personal development to enhance better work performance.


Coordination: Dra. Melissa Mercadal

This master’s degree has the collaboration and participation of a good number of music therapist professors with specialization and a long professional career and who are fully active in clinical practice and research.

The structure and organization of the classes is fully integrated in the framework of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), with the aim that students combine different abilities: the reception of information through theoretical classes, l ‘learning technical skills through practical experience, and personal introspection through experiences and reflections on appropriate attitudes and behaviors in order to adapt and adapt to the needs and demands of the environment. We share and defend the importance of addressing the human dimension, both in terms of the type of problems being treated, and in terms of the human component that must always be present in any therapeutic action.

Badal, Ferran
Barbal, Margarida
Dra. Clancy, Catherine
Gelabert, Damaris
Gumí, Albert
Momblant, Ester
Dr. Herrera, Perfecto
Dra. Martí, Patrícia
Dra. Mercadal, Melissa
Dra. Pérez Molina, Lourdes
Pugès, Francesc

In addition, each year, other nationally and internationally recognized professors are invited to give seminars, master classes, specific monographs, participate in seminars and training workshops.

Who is it for

It is based on the premise that the music therapist is a person and a professional with a strong connection to music, and that he / she undertakes to use it for therapeutic purposes, within a helping relationship, with people who they present some kind of need and / or special support.

Student profiles

  • Music professionals.

  • Graduates in: Teaching, Speech Therapy, Social Education, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, etc.

  • Bachelors or graduates in: Psychology, Musicology, Pedagogy, Medicine, Psychopedagogy.

  • Other professionals who work with people with disabilities and / or at risk of social exclusion (Social Work, auxiliaries, etc.)

International collaboration

The Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya has Erasmus agreements with more than 70 European centers. which allows the exchange of students and teachers of various Music Therapy programs: Guildhall School of Music; Vienna University of Music and Dramatic Art; Norwegian Academy of Music; Kódaly Institute (Hungary), among others.

From the field of Music Therapy, we work closely for the mutual knowledge of the academic and practical programs and the students benefit from this joint work and exchange.

Relations are also maintained with American centers such as West Virginia University (WVU); Seattle Pacific University and the Center for Music Therapy in End of Life Care to facilitate the exchange of faculty and students.

These exchanges give the possibility to know first hand the practice of this discipline from diverse cultural realities.

Wvu Music Therapy

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