Music and Health

Subject MUSI20150 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 27-Jul-2015 to 25-Oct-2015
Assessment Period End 20-Nov-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 07-Aug-2015
Census Date 31-Aug-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 25-Sep-2015

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 1 two-hour lecture per week
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours





Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability will impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and the Disability Liaison Unit.


Prof Katrina Skewes Mcferran



Contact Centre
T: 13 MELB (6352)

Melbourne Conservatorium of Music
VCA and MCM Student Centre

Subject Overview:

This subject will provide an overview of the ways that music can be used to promote physical health and healthy behaviours for a range of people. Topics covered will include music for expression, relaxation, anxiety reduction and communication. Students will be involved in experiential activities underpinned by theoretical knowledge. They will also contribute to weekly web-based discussion that furthers understanding of topics covered in class.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of the subject students should be able to:

  • Reflect on the relationship between music and health
  • Identify areas for musical development outside the technique / competency spectrum
  • Develop skills in using music to reduce anxiety and improve communication

Two 1500 word essays due approximately mid-semester and end of semester (40% & 50% respectively); contribution to weekly web-based discussion (10%).

Prescribed Texts:

Levitin, D.J. The world in six songs: How the musical brain created human nature. London: Dutton Publishers, 2008.

Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject students should have:

  • greater awareness of healthy behaviours for life
  • improved non-verbal communication skills
  • enhanced capacity to consider subjective and objective aspects of life experiences.

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Graduate Diploma and Certificate Elective subjects
Music Studies Electives
Related Breadth Track(s): Music, Mind and Wellbeing

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