Special Issue 7 (1) 2015, “Music Therapy in Europe: Paths of Professional Development” – Article
The academic training of music therapists: Chances of normalisation and specialisation
There are reservations against and strong arguments for the academic training of music therapists in Europe. I want to follow some of these pros and cons as a thesis and antithesis to finally reach a synthesis for needs and visions of academic training of music therapists in Europe. You will certainly notice that I am strongly in favour of the academic training of music therapists. However, my aim is to understand and consider the considerations of those who are against this as well.
Keywords: music therapy; academic training; competency
Thomas Wosch, PhD, is Professor of music therapy at the University of Applied Sciences of Wuerzburg and Schweinfurt in Germany, Head of final year specialisation in music therapy in BA social work, Director of MA in developmental and dementia music therapy, research groups microanalysis in music therapy, and ICT in assessment and intervention of music therapy.