Music Therapy Methods 2

Subject 740-458 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Semester 2, - 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:

Topics include song writing and individual improvisation (using piano and principal instrument); improvisation for movement; and improvisation of soundscapes.


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

  • write original songs with clients in groups and individually; and

  • use lyric substitution and extemporisation to develop known songs for use in therapy.

They should also be able to:

  • demonstrate basic improvisation techniques using both piano and primary instrument; and

  • understand and implement improvisational methods for use in disability settings (Nordoff Robbins; Alvin; Wigram).


End-of-semester practical test (75%); 1500-word assignment due mid-semester (25%).

Prescribed Texts: Improvisation: Methods and Techniques for Music Therapy Clinicians, Educators, and Students (T Wigram), Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2003
Song Writing: Methods, Techniques and Clinical Applications for Music Therapy Clinicians, Educators and Student (FA Baker, T Wigram), Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2005
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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