Music Therapy Skills 1

Subject MUSI90032 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
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

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: On Campus Delivery - One 3-hour practical class per week. Blended Learning Delivery - 36 hours over two intensive study weekends during semester.
Total Time Commitment: A total of 120 hours (including non-contact time).
Prerequisites: Available to MMusThrp students only.
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 course are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and the Disability Liaison Unit.


Prof Denise Grocke


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: This subject will develop musical and therapeutic skills in the use of songs in music therapy. Classes will involve vocal and guitar instruction that addresses basic knowledge and develops a repertoire of known songs. Teaching will focus on voice leading in song-based work, achieving balance between voice and guitar, accompaniment styles and techniques, and the creation of original songs. Students will develop their understanding of a range of musical genres and styles and learn skills in reproducing song materially accurately, as well as adapting songs to suit the therapeutic context.

On completion of this subject, students should have developed:

  • Basic counselling techniques;
  • Basic group leadership skills based on Yalom;
  • Music therapy group facilitation skills for work in special schools and nursing homes.

On Campus Students: A mid-semester practical test (voice 25%, guitar 25%); a 1,500-word written assignment, due end of semester (50%).

Blended Learning Students: A 10-minute mid-semester practical test (voice 25%, guitar 25%) facilitated at intensive study weekends; a 1,500-word written assignment, due end of semester (50%) and submitted online.

Prescribed Texts: DE Grocke & T Wigram, Receptive Methods in Music Therapy. Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2006.
Ulverscroft Large Print Song Book, Vols 1 & 2. Ulverscroft, 1981.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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

On completion of this subject students should have developed:

  • The ability to perform confidently in front of an audience;
  • The ability to search for popular materials on the internet.
Related Course(s): Master of Music Therapy
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Blended Learning Delivery
On Campus Delivery

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