Music Therapy Methods 3

Subject 740-424 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

On campus

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Three-hour practical class each week
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours
Prerequisites: Available only to music therapy students.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
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.


Dr Katrina Louise Mcferran
Subject Overview:

Group improvisation; song lyric discussion; working towards performances; psychodynamic group facilitation skills.


On completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • lead groups of clients in music therapy group improvisations;

  • lead groups of clients in discussion of song lyrics and meaning;

  • lead groups of clients towards performances with therapeutic intent;

  • analyse client's musical and verbal expression using a psychodynamic framework; and

  • respond sensitively and ethically to client groups in a music therapy setting.


Practical test at end of semester (50%); 1500-word assignment due mid-semester (50%).

Prescribed Texts: Receptive Methods in Music Therapy (DE Grocke, T Wigram), Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2007
Improvisational Models of Music Therapy (KE Bruscia), Chas Thomas, 1987
The Skilled Helper (G Egan), 5th edn, Brooks Cole
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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

Information Not Available

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Music

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