Michigan State Freezes Music Therapy Program

Move is the likely first step to disbanding the program designed for the special-needs community.

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Michigan State's College of Music has placed an admissions freeze on its music therapy program, the State News reports, the first step, some say, to disbanding the program designed especially for special-needs individuals and children.

The College of Music needs to cut 10 percent of its $8 million budget, and the elimination of the music therapy program will save about $220,000. Officials say the curriculum is also facing decreasing enrollment and the retirement of two of its professors.

The program currently has 34 students—21 undergraduate and 13 graduate.