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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: MUS3038 Module Title: MUSIC THERAPY
Module Provider: Music and Sound Recording Short Name: MUS3038
Level: HE3 Module Co-ordinator: MARK CM Dr (Music Record)
Number of credits: 20 Number of ECTS credits: 10
Module Availability

Running all Year

Assessment Pattern

Essay not exceeding 2000 words. This will focus on current research, literature and evidence about music in health settings.



Music therapy case study, not exceeding 2000 words. Applying knowledge to an individual selected from your placement, using observational and analytical skills. 



Placement, observation of placement and comments from placement supervisor. Focusing on practical skills specific to the context and providing an opportunity for written reflection.






Module Overview
Module Aims

           To broaden understanding of music as a means of communication and expression within healthcare and developmental psychology; to develop improvisation and performance skills, with the opportunity to apply these skills in a non-traditional performance setting  

           To provide a basic knowledge of the psychodynamic theories used in Music Therapy and Community Music settings; to introduce skills in musical analysis within diagnosis and treatment 

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this module you will be able to

           Understand the aims of music as a therapeutic entity and explain how and why music is used in clinical psychotherapy and community settings

           Demonstrate knowledge of basic psychotherapy and developmental theory that underpins Music Therapy.  

           Identify and apply theoretical knowledge through analysing musical properties considering therapeutic aims such as communication and emotion, demonstrating music therapy technique

           Perform and improvise interactively within a Community Music setting, enabling you to participate in future Community Music projects with relevant skill and the knowledge and understanding of its purpose and relevance.  

           Debate the complex role of music in our society and culture and evaluate the purpose and use of music in your own life  

           Apply for postgraduate places on Music Therapy courses in the UK with relevant experience of this work  

Module Content
This module introduces the student to the professional disciplines of Music Therapy and Community Music, through exploring theoretical and practical elements. Weekly lectures and seminars will provide the students with the basic knowledge and skills, leading to a hands-on experience of a therapeutic Community Music project. The unit can support students interested in investigating possible careers in these fields by providing invaluable experience and knowledge.
Methods of Teaching/Learning

           10 weekly lectures in the first semester presenting the different aspects of Music Therapy and Community Music  

           Practical workshops of improvisation and communicative performance technique (within lectures)  

           Individual tutorials to discuss written work            

           A practical Community Music placement (in small groups) in the second semester choosing from:

 i)          The Orpheus Centre Easter holiday residential project  

ii)         An individually set up Community Music project


Selected Texts/Journals

Bruscia, K. (Ed.) (1991) Case Studies in Music Therapy. Gilsum: Barcelona Publishers. 

Bunt, L. (1994) Music Therapy: An Art Beyond Words. London: Routledge. 

Holmes, C., Knights, A., Dean, C. Hodkinson, S. and Hopkins, V. (2006) ‘Keep Music Live: music and the alleviation of apathy in dementia subjects’. International Psychogeriatrics   

Magee, W. & Davidson, J.W. (2004) ‘Singing in therapy: monitoring disease process in chronic degenerative illness’. British Journal of Music Therapy 18,2. 
Pavlicevic, M. (1999) Intimate Notes. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Sinason, V. (1992) Mental Handicap and the Human Condition: New Approaches from the Tavistock. Free Association Books  
Sloboda, J. (2005) Exploring the Musical Mind – Cognition, Emotion, Ability and Function. Oxford: Oxford University Press  

Small, C. (1998) Musicking: The Meaning of Performing and Listening. Connecticut: Weslyan University Press.   

Stern, D. (1985) ‘A Sense of a Subjective Self: Affect Attunement’ in The Interpersonal World of the Infant: A View from Psychoanalysis and Developmental Psychology. New York: Basic Books.  

Wigram, T., Pedersen, I.N. & Ole Bonde, L (2002) Comprehensive Guide to Music Therapy – Theory, Clinical Practice, Research and Training. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers  

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