Music and Health Research

Subject MUSI90188 (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 in 4 day blocks, the first approximately at or before the beginning of semester, and the second approximately mid semester. Dates to be advised.

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 2 hour weekly lecture
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours


Available to MMusThrp students only

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
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:


Prof Katrina Skewes Mcferran



Subject Overview:

This subject will provide an overview of the ways that music can be used to promote healthy behaviours for individuals and groups from the perspective of the humanities and sociology. Topics covered will include music and evolution, musical communication, music in communities, music and physical health, music and identity. Students will be involved in experiential activities underpinned by theoretical knowledge.

Learning Outcomes:

• Identify relevant research and theories from a range of disciplines relevant to music and health with individuals and groups

• Present integrated summaries of relevant research and theory in relation to real-world experiences of music

• Critically analyse research and theories pertinent to music and health

  • One 3000 word essay, due at the end of semester (50%);
  • Ten interactive quizzes, due weekly throughout semester (50%).
Prescribed Texts:

Reading package made available via Readings Online

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:

• Greater awareness of healthy behaviours for individuals and groups

• Improved non-verbal communication skills

• Enhanced capacity to consider subjective and objective aspects of life experiences.

Related Course(s): Master of Music Therapy

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