Music Therapy Major - Far fetched?
Hello, I'm currently a sophomore in high school and we are beginning to explore and look into careers and potential majors. I have been very interested in music therapy for a while now and I really think it's something I'd like to pursue, and there are a decent amount of colleges around me that offer the major. However, I am concerned that I may not be able to get into a program. Of course every program has different necessary prerequisites and expectations, however from what I've seen, in order to get certified as a Music Therapy you have to demonstrate proficiency in voice, guitar, and piano. My main instrument is voice and I have been singing since I was very young. I am in the very beginning stages of learning guitar and have no experience with piano, mostly due to the fact my family didn't grow up with a whole lot of money and my parents aren't really involved in music. I never really had the opportunity to learn the instruments. I am fairly well versed in music, however, simply from doing it for such a long time, and I took Intro to Music Theory as an elective this year, and plan on taking A.P Music Theory next year (my junior year), as my school luckily offers it. I will also be taking Psychology next year. I understand that in order to become certified, I have to be proficient in guitar and piano, but I'm wondering if I will still be able to get into an undergraduate music therapy program at a college after high school despite my lack of knowledge in instrumentation. Should I start vigorously attempting to learn the two instruments before I audition for colleges (most likely during the fall of 2018)? I plan on beginning to learn them anyways, but I'm just wondering if it's a lost cause at this point, or if it's just highly unlikely. Any input/information would be very much appreciated. Thank you.