Chulalongkorn University’s Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts (FAA) has officially launched its first international graduate degree program: Master of Arts in Music Therapy.
At the 4th Indonesian Performing Arts Festival (Indofest), held this year in the Siam Innovation District on 7th April, Associate Professor Ros Phoasavadi PhD, announced that applications were now being accepted by the faculty for the first academic year (2021-2022). This is the first international/interdisciplinary MA degree program in Music Therapy
to be offered in Asia.
The new course is an innovative hybrid two-year program that combines online learning with on-campus classes. For optimal clinical practice, the program integrates the well-respected American and European approaches to music therapy, both of which allow students to develop the abilities and skills necessary to work with a variety of clinical populations and goals. Combining art and science, this interdisciplinary program is a collaboration between Chulalongkorn University’s Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts, the Faculties of Medicine and Psychology and the Graduate School.
Professor Dileo noted, “The Master’s in Music Therapy at Chulalongkorn represents an integration of American and European traditions in music therapy … this integration will allow students to move seamlessly among the theories and practices as they address and adapt to the cultural aspects of the communities with whom they will work following training.”
It is hoped that by offering this course music therapy will be established as a profession that will develop and flourish in the region.
The Academic Director of the course is Professor Cheryl Dileo, PhD, Carnell Professor of Music Therapy at Temple University, USA and the Program Director is FAA Dean Professor Bussakorn Binson, Ph.D. Guest lecturers on the program include globally recognized academics Professor Jaako Erkkila, PhD of the University of Jyväskylä, Finland and Professor Jos De Backer, Ph.D, of Aalborg University, Denmark.
The MA in Music Therapy is a two-year, blended learning program requiring 52 credits. Students will have access to experiential learning with some of the world’s top music therapy lecturers and can choose between non-thesis or thesis options.
ASEAN scholarships for graduate studies at Chulalongkorn University are available for those students who are from the region.