Music Therapy Methods 1

Subject MUSI30049 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 1, Parkville - 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

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Three-hour practical class each week
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours

Available only to music therapy students.

Corequisites: N/A
Recommended Background Knowledge: N/A
Non Allowed Subjects: N/A
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 Mcferran-Skewes


VCA and Music Student Centre
234 St Kilda Rd, Southbank

Tel: +61 3 9685 9322
Fax: +61 3 9685 9358

School of Music - Parkville
Conservatorium Building

Tel: +61 3 8344 5256
Fax: +61 3 8344 5346
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Subject Overview:

Vocal and guitar skills in the music therapy context. Basic therapeutic skills for individual and group work.


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

  • play a repertoire of songs from memory that cover a range of genres;

  • demonstrate ability to sight sing, and transpose melodies at sight; and

  • demonstrate basic guitar techniques used in song work.

They should also have developed skills in:

  • basic counselling techniques;

  • basic group leadership skills based on the work of Yalom; and

  • music therapy group facilitation skills for work in special schools and nursing homes.


Mid-semester practical test (voice 25%; guitar 25%); 1500-word assignment due end-of-semester (50%).

Prescribed Texts: Receptive Methods in Music Therapy (DE Grocke, T Wigram), Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2007
Ulverscroft Large Print Song Book, Vols 1 and 2 (NO_AUTHOR), Ulverscroft, 1981
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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