Music Therapy Skills 4

Subject MUSI90035 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Aug-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

Blended Learning Delivery - intensive teaching, at or before the beginning of semester and the second approximately mid semester. Dates to be advised.

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36; 2.5 day block intensive (15 hours) at the beginning of semester 2 AND a 3.5 (21 hours) day block intensive at mid-semester 2.
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours


Available to MMusThrp students only

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

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 may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Mr Jason Kenner


Prof Katrina Skewes Mcferran

Subject Overview:

This subject will develop skills in receptive methods of music therapy. Lectures will address the use of recorded instrumental music for facilitating relaxation and imagery with child and adult clients. Skills will be developed in the selection of appropriate music as well as the ability to process verbal responses with clients. Topics will include relaxation methods; supportive music imagery & refocussing music and imagery; group music and imagery; and the Bonny Method of GIM, conducted in dyads. Practical work will included leading 4 group music and imagery sessions, and 10 individual short Bonny Method Guided Imagery and Music sessions

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of the practical work in this subject students should have:

# Developed skills in conducting relaxation inductions, faciliating supportive music and imagery, and re-focssuing music and imagery for children and adults,

# Developed skills in discussion of clients experiences

# Developed skill in music and imagery for groups, and guiding individual clients in the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music.

# An understanding of the theory underpinning receptive music therapy and

# Academic skill in describing outcomes of practical work.


Assignment of 2500 words; Mid semester (50%)

Assignment of 2500 words; End-of-semester examination period (50%)

100% attendance is expected. Less than 80% attendance at classes will result in a fail; Throughout semester (HURDLE)

Prescribed Texts:

DE Grocke & T Wigram, Receptive Methods in Music Therapy. Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2007.

DE Grocke & T Moe, Guided Imagery & Music and Music Imagery Methods. Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2015.

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 listening to others
  • Identified methods for self-care and the avoidance of burn-out
  • Developed skills in communicating clearly.
Related Course(s): Master of Music Therapy

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