Clinical Applications of Music in Therapy C

Subject MUSI90043 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2013:

Semester 2, 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 Students - One 2-hour lecture per week plus one 2-hour tutorial per week. Blended Learning Students - 3 hours of online reading and viewing as well as student contributions to theory and clinical practice forums each week plus tutorials during intensive teaching weeks.
Total Time Commitment:

A total of 120 hours (including non-contact time).


Available to MMusThrp students only.



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 course are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and the Disability Liaison Unit.


Assoc Prof Katrina Skewes Mcferran


Contact Centre

T: 13 MELB (6352)

Melbourne Conservatorium of Music
VCA and Music Student Centre


Subject Overview:

This subject will provide information about working in new and emerging contexts in the community and in medical settings. Lecture topics will promote the development of innovative approaches to music therapy in response to the needs of clients in contemporary contexts. This subject will challenge students to utilise music therapy theory from traditional fields in developing appropriate programs and methods of intervention in group and individual work. It will include a range of issues addressed in therapy, identifying clients who are well, disabled and have health problems. Relevant paradigms for development of original ideas will be discussed and used to frame learning.

Tutorials will support the student during their final clinical placement. Clinical placements will be undertaken independently or under the guidance of an RMT in a facility nominated by the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, unless otherwise negotiated.


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

* Utilise existing theory from fields of practice to conceptualise relevant interventions for new client groups;
* Develop innovative programs designed for contemporary contexts in music therapy;
* Demonstrate understanding of the relevant paradigms that currently shape the provision of therapy services;
* Plan, implement and evaluate a music therapy program within a clinical facility;
*Demonstrate confidence in their ability to articulate the role of music therapy in the selected settings.


On Campus Students: One 2,000 word assignment (50%) due mid-semester, one 1,500 word assignment (30%) due at the end of semester; clinical training assessment, completed by supervisor (20%).
Blended Learning Students: One 2,000 word assignment (50%) due mid-semester, one 1,500 word assignment (30%) due at the end of semester; clinical training assessment, completed by supervisor (20%).

Prescribed Texts:

M Pavlicevic and G Ansdell, Community Music Therapy. Jessica Kingsley, London, 2004

Rolsvford, R. (2010). Resource-Oriented Music Therapy in Mental Health Care. Gilsum, NH: Barcelona Publishers.

For Blended Learning Delivery: Resources available on the LMS will include powerpoint overheads, video and audio material, blogs, wikis and discussion board forums along with information about weekly tasks and assessment requirements.

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:

  • Skills in accessing current information from international databases, web sites, journals and texts;
  • The ability to analyse and critique literature and websites;
  • High level conceptual skills.
Related Course(s): Master of Music Therapy

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