Swan song for music therapy at Windsor

Tiny program is too expensive: Dean of Arts

Enrollment has been suspended in the University of Windsor’s music therapy program, meaning no new students will be taken into the program next year. Only six or seven students graduate from the program each year and to keep accredition, the program must maintain two or more tenure-track faculty members dedicated to it, Cecil Houston, Dean of Arts and Social Sciences, told the Windsor Star. “The enrolment is just too small and the cost is just too great to maintain the professional accreditation,” Houston told the paper on Friday. Windsor’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences has a $1.6-million deficit on a budget of $30 million, he said.

The only other programs accredited by the Canadian Association for Music Therapy, according to its website, are available at Acadia University, Canadian Mennonite University (Manitoba), Capilano University, Wilfrid Laurier University and Concordia University.