Clinical Training in Music Therapy 3

Subject MUSI90040 (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 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

Blended Learning Delivery - intensive teaching in 4 day blocks, the first approximately 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: On Campus Delivery - One 2-hour tutorial per week at the University, plus up to 2 days per week in a facility approved by the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music throughout the semester and over the semester break. A minimum of 20 days is required. Blended learning delivery - approximately 2 days per week in a facility approved by the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music throughout semester. 18 hours as part of intensive teaching in 4 day blocks, the first approximately at or before the beginning of semester, and the second approximately mid semester. One-hour tutorial with clinical supervisor each week as part of clinical placement. Fortnightly discussion forums accessed online (6 hours).
Total Time Commitment:

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


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



Contact Centre
T: 13 MELB (6352) International +(61 3) 9035 5511

Melbourne Conservatorium of Music
VCA and MCM Student Centre

Subject Overview:

This subject provides students with clinical experience of music therapy. Placements will be in hospital or community settings under the guidance of a registered music therapist. The placement will include a graded introduction to the assessment of client needs, the development of program plans and the provision of music therapy interventions. Students will participate in the provision of music therapy interventions, taking responsibility for sessions where appropriate, and evaluating and measuring benefit of the intervention. Tutorials will develop therapeutic skills for practice and foster the development of an individual therapeutic style based that can be adapted for various client groups.

Learning Outcomes:

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

  • Adapt learned music therapy skills to various client populations;
  • Identify and apply appropriate ethical standards of practice;
  • Access research literature using IT resources and print journals;
  • Work as an informed team-member within the multidisciplinary team in special education and clinical settings; and
  • Construct a clinical report using accepted research guidelines.

A written case study assignment of 3,000 words; End-of-semester examination period (60%)

20 day Clinical Placement (Practical) assessed by written report from clinical training supervisor. Students must pass this assessment to pass the subject; End-of-semester examination period (30% and hurdle)

5-7min class presentatio; Starting week 6 (on campus students). OR as part of the mid-semester intensive study days on-campus (blended learning students) (10%)

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

Prescribed Texts:

Wheeler, B. L., Shultis, C. L. & Polen, D. W. (2005). Clinical Training Guide for the Student Music Therapist. Gilsum, NH: Barcelona Publishers.

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 work in teams;
  • Achieved a high level of ability in applying theory to practice;
  • Developed skills in evaluating objective outcomes.
Related Course(s): Master of Music Therapy

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