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  • Locations: Beijing, China; Chongqing, China
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Dates / Deadlines
Program Description:
Banner - China Music Therapy

Overview: Music Therapy in China: Chongqing Burn Camp

China has a long, rich, and unique music heritage that is well integrated into ancient healing practices. Music therapists benefit greatly from exploring the evolution of music from one generation to the next, the way in which music is integrated into everyday life, and its role in health, healing, and well-being in China.

Through visits to hospitals, clinics, musical venues, conservatories, and community organizations that provide health related care, students experience the interplay of music and healing practices in China. Students also engage in direct dialogue with Chinese music therapists and other rehabilitation therapists. The program allows participants to reflect on their own musical roots, and to discover how their own musical preferences have developed based on cultural experiences. We will also visit other locations of interest such as The Great Wall, Old-Town Beijing, Dazu Rock Carvings, Yangtze River Cruise and more.

In addition to visiting Beijing and the sites listed above, this program will spend several days at a burn camp in Chongqing. This is a free camp designed for children ages 6-18 who have experienced burns, but do not have access to outpatient treatment. The camp helps children develop communication and social skills, confidence, psychological well-being, and physical wound healing. Professor Jinyi Li has been providing music therapy at the Burn Camp since 2011 and music therapy students from Chongqing University have been participating as volunteers at the camp since 2015. Students from various universities and different degree programs throughout Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Malaysia also come to volunteer at the burn camp; this course is an opportunity to volunteer alongside this global group of music therapy students.  

For more information, contact Annie Heiderscheit at and visit


Fast Facts

Program Dates:  July 12-26, 2098 (Estimated travel dates. These dates may change slightly.)
Credits:  Varies, according to professional program and level
Faculty & Staff: Annie Heiderscheit, PhD, MT-BC, LMFT
Application Deadline:  March 15
Academic Calendar:  Summer 2018
Language of Instruction:  English
Local Currency:  Yuan Renminbi
Population of China:  1.379 Billion


  • MUS 374: Music Therapy Practicum, or

  • MUS 474: Music Therapy Practicum, or

  • MUS 582: Transcultural Music Therapy 

Program Activities

  • Visit to the Silk Market
  • Take the 798 Art Zone
  • Hutong Tour with Zither Lesson
  • Enjoy a Tea Ceremony
  • Explore the Forbidden City 
  • Visit a hot springs
  • See the Dazu Rock Carvings
  • Yangtze River Cruise

Housing & Meals

Participants will be staying in hotels, in which breakfast will be provided every day.  The program also includes 2 dinners and six lunches.  In addition, students will be spending a week at the Burn Camp and during that time, lodging and meals will be provided.  Participants should plan to bring about $200 to cover meals that are not included.


Program Cost

Music Therapy:  Undergrad Students
2018 cost: $4998 (all-inclusive, including tuition, flight, room and most meals, and program costs)

2019 cost: TBD

Music Therapy:  Graduate Students
2019 cost: TBD

Music Therapy Program:  Physician Assistant Students
2019 cost: TBD


For questions about this program:

Augsburg students contact:, or 612-330-1656

Non-Augsburg students contact:, or 612-330-1622

China-6  China-7


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 03/15/2019 ** Rolling Admission 07/12/2019 07/26/2019

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.