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Thailand: Music Therapy
Bangkok, Thailand (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Program Cost Summer
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Academic College: College of Creative Arts Language of Instruction: English
Program Options: Faculty-Led Credits Earned: 6
Faculty Leader: Dena Register
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Thailand: Music Therapy
Salaya ThailandThe purpose of this program is to familiarize students with the profession of music therapy and to examine various approaches and current trends in the field of music therapy i. This 6-week program provides the opportunity for immersion into another culture. The program will take place at Mahidol University, one of the most prestigious universities in Thailand, which is internationally known and recognized for its high caliber research and teaching in both medicine and music. Mahidol University is based in Bangkok, with additional campuses in outlying suburbs. The Mahidol University College of Music is located in Salaya, a suburb fifteen miles west of Bangkok. The Salaya campus is located on 520 acres of natural beauty, landscaped gardens and tropical foliage. Mahidol University has the largest medical school in Thailand as well as the largest College of Music with an annual enrollment of more than 1,000 students. During the 2013-2014 academic year, the Mahidol School of Music launched a Master’s degree in Music Therapy.

Over the course of this program, participants will observe, participate in and implement music therapy sessions at a variety of clinical training sites. Facilities include, but are not limited to, Mahidol University hospitals, rehabilitation centers and local education facilities for young children and children with special needs in the Bangkok area as well as the Rajagarindra Institute for Child Development and Chiang Mai University in Chiang Mai. Additional activities include, but are not limited to, courses or lectures on various topics pertaining to various philosophical and theoretical approaches in music therapy and the development of music therapy as a profession in Thailand, opportunities for professional advocacy with healthcare and education professionals and experiential opportunities to learn about Thai traditional music. Collaboration with students enrolled in the Thai program will offer participants the opportunity for dialog and exchange regarding the field of music therapy in various cultural contexts.


City: Bangkok

Country: Thailand

Population: 6.355 million

Information: Bangkok, Thailand’s capital, is a large city known for ornate shrines and vibrant street life. The boat-filled Chao Phraya River feeds its network of canals, flowing past the Rattanakosin royal district, home to opulent Grand Palace and its sacred Wat Phra Kaew Temple. Nearby is Wat Pho Temple with an enormous reclining Buddha and, on the opposite shore, Wat Arun Temple with its steep steps and Khmer-style spire.

Places of Interest:
Wat Phra Kaew
Grand Palace
Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Gardens

City: Krabi

Country: Thailand

Population: 456,811

Information: Krabi, the capital of southern Thailand's Krabi Province, is a resort town near the Andaman coast. It lies in an area of limestone karsts and mangrove forest. On a hilltop reached by stairs, the Tiger Cave Temple is a Buddhist site with panoramic views. Khao Kanab Nam, 2 slanting hills rising out of water, form a local landmark. Andaman Sea destinations like the Phi Phi Islands are accessible by ferry.

City: Chiang Mai

Country: Thailand

Population: 398,169

Information: Chiang Mai is a city in mountainous northern Thailand. Founded in 1296, it was capital of the independent Lanna Kingdom until 1558. Its Old City area still retains vestiges of walls and moats from its history as a cultural and religious center. It’s also home to hundreds of elaborate Buddhist temples, including 14th-century Wat Phra Singh and 15th-century Wat Chedi Luang, adorned with carved serpents.

City: Chiang Rai

Country: Thailand

Population: 69,888

Information: The city was founded by King Mangrai in 1262 and became the capital of the Mangrai Dynasty. Subsequently, Chiang Rai was conquered by Burma and remained under Burmese rule for several hundred years. It was not until 1786 that Chiang Rai became a Chiang Mai vassal. Siam (Thailand) annexed Chiang Mai in 1899, and Chiang Rai was proclaimed a province of Thailand in 1933.


MUSC 339 Music Therapy Practicum 3-1 credit
MUSC 330 Principles & Practices of Music Therapy-3 credits
MUSC 493A  Special Topic: Survey of International Clinical Music Therapy Perspectives-2 credits


Professor Dena Register


Program Cost $4,350 * Airfare not Included

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Billing for the summer 2017 programs will occur upon registration into the courses associated with the Study Abroad program in STAR. The payment deadlines for the program will be the same as WVU Summer Semester Tuition and Fees. Registration will occur in mid-April, students will receive correspondence from OGA with registration instructions upon acceptance into the program after the application deadline. All payments are due in full before trip departure. Payments can be made through STAR or by contacting the Mountaineer HUB at (304) 293-4006.


Visa Required for US Citizens? Yes

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