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Application Submission and Assessment

Applications to the Master of Music Therapy program are due Jan. 15 for first consideration.

Please note, your application should be complete (OUAC application completed and supplemental documents submitted) by this date. CASPer Test results do not need to be submitted by Jan. 15, please refer to the CASPer website for deadlines. Please apply through OUAC early as the process normally takes a few weeks. Referees are granted two weeks to complete their references, regardless of when you apply.

Visit our Graduate Admissions Toolkit for more information about applying.

Application Checklist

After you have submitted your OUAC application, paid the non-refundable application fee, and Laurier has received your application, you'll receive an email from fgps@wlu.ca advising you to upload the additional required documentation to Laurier’s Online Viewing system.

An application for admission to Laurier's Master of Music Therapy program must include:

  • The Application Summary, which is generated after you complete your OUAC application (log back in to OUAC to retrieve it).
  • Transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work.
  • A completed statement of intent.
  • A résumé of your academic and work experience. Include a history of your publication and scholarly paper activity and any other information you feel will interest the admissions committee.
  • A sample of your scholarly writing (10-20 pages in length). This may be a paper written for a senior undergraduate course.
  • Completed reference forms. Three references (two academic and one professional) are required. Note: Reference forms are electronically submitted to Laurier by the referee and do not need to be uploaded.
  • Completion of the CASPer TestNote: You must take the CASPer Test on a date available to Wilfrid Laurier University applicants.

Proficiency in written and spoken English is essential to graduate studies at Laurier. Applicants whose language of instruction during their previous postsecondary education was not in English must submit evidence of proficiency in English. If applicable, results from accepted testing services must be uploaded to Laurier’s Online Viewing system.

Audition and Interview

The Master of Music Therapy Admission Committee will review all completed applications received by the Jan. 15 deadline. Based on the strength of your application, you may be asked to audition and interview in early February. You will be contacted to establish a date and time. Applicants chosen to audition must submit an audition fee.

Applicants’ level of performance and musicianship is assessed in the audition. Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) formal training and exams are not required.

You will be asked to perform:

  • Two contrasting pieces that highlight your ability to perform at an advanced level. The pieces can be from any historical period or any genre. If a sonata is chosen only one movement is required. Memory is optional.
  • A song to demonstrate your singing voice with self-accompaniment on either piano or guitar. The song can be from any genre including (e.g., popular, folk or jazz) and could be your own composition or a song with personal meaning. If the song is not in English, provide a translation.
  • A short (two to three minutes) improvisation on your primary instrument. Musical elements and referential ideas will be provided at the audition. Vocalists may choose to use an accompanying instrument to support their voice improvisation.
  • If piano is not your primary instrument, you must perform a piano piece equivalent to Grade 6 Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) repertoire.

The interview will discuss your interest in graduate music therapy studies and knowledge of relevant music therapy topics (e.g., case studies, models, theories, research). Applicants are encouraged to visit Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy to explore these music therapy topics. For a music therapy/music psychotherapy reading list, contact choosemusic@wlu.ca.

It is recommended that you audition in person. Alternative audition accommodations may be considered for long-distance applicants.

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