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Beginner Level

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Hours to complete

Approx. 21 hours to complete

Suggested: 6 weeks of study, 3-4 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
4 hours to complete

How can music influence the body to support fitness and rehabilitation?

Music has been used throughout history and across cultures to influence the body, but only in recent decades have researchers been able to examine how it is processed through the brain. These recent discoveries explain the relationship between features of music like rhythm, and improvements in physical health, particularly in rehabilitation. They also explain why people with Alzheimer’s disease remember all of the words to songs but can’t have a clear conversation. In this unit we hear and see how music has been used, often by qualified music therapists working in hospitals, to influence the body and support fitness and rehabilitation. ...
Reading
9 videos (Total 61 min), 5 readings, 1 quiz
Video9 videos
Unit 1 introduction - part 1of 26m
Unit 1 introduction - part 2 of 28m
Neuroscience perspective - introduction1m
Neuroscience perspective8m
Introducing Dr Patsy Tan4m
Working in hospitals9m
Live and recorded music8m
The art of offering music to patients7m
Reading5 readings
Course overview10m
Start of course survey10m
Podcast by Dr Wendy Magee35m
Journal articles by Imogen Clarke, Jeanette Tamplin and Julian Winn O'Kellys
Design a program to achieve a physical health outcome45m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Unit 1 - worth 10% of your final grade20m
Week
2
Hours to complete
4 hours to complete

How can music motivate the mind to promote academic achievement?

How much music is included in schools varies significantly, between countries and even around the corner. Learning music can happen in classrooms and through individual lessons. It can also be used to promote wellbeing and foster inclusion of diverse students. Researchers have investigated whether learning music results in higher achievement in other cognitive, social and psychological domains. In this unit we showcase some of that research and carefully consider what kinds of musical experiences are needed to achieve the different goals....
Reading
7 videos (Total 50 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
Video7 videos
Unit 2 introduction - part 2 of 25m
Cognitive psychology - introduction1m
Cognitive psychology perspective9m
Introducing Professor Gary McPherson3m
How music motivates the mind - part 1 of 212m
How music motivates the mind - part 2 of 212m
Reading3 readings
Podcast by Dr Daphne Rickson35m
Journal articles by Susan Hallam and Alex Crookes
Design a program to achieve a personal learning outcome45m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Unit 2 - worth 10% of your overall grade20m
Week
3
Hours to complete
4 hours to complete

How can music reflect the psyche to improve mental health?

Music can be a powerful way to explore and comprehend our deepest emotions. When used in psychoanalysis, this can lead to rich experiences that may even reveal aspects of our unconscious world that can be processed within the safety of the therapeutic relationship. Within the field of music therapy, practitioners often debate the relative merits of free improvisation on instruments in comparison to using the preferred songs of clients in therapy. Both afford opportunities to deepen our understanding of ourselves and our relationships to others, and music more generally can be used as a health resource that travels with us as we recover from being acutely unwell and continue the journey of life....
Reading
9 videos (Total 67 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
Video9 videos
Unit 3 introduction - part 2 of 25m
Psychodynamic therapy perspective - introduction1m
Psychodynamic therapy perspective9m
Introducing Benedikte Scheiby1m
The work of Mary Priestley6m
Individual music therapy11m
Music and emotions7m
Research and theoretical foundations14m
Reading3 readings
Podcast by A/Prof Randi Rolvsjord27m
Journal articles by Jinah Kim and Laura Medcalfs
Design a program in order to explore a personal issue45m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Unit 3 - worth 10% of your overall grade20m
Week
4
Hours to complete
4 hours to complete

How can music foster intimacy to strengthen relationships?

Have you ever used music to try and improve a relationship in your life? Playing the right background music is one thing, but what about singing with another person, or improvising on musical instruments in responsive and caring ways. Listening is the key to intimacy in any relationship and music can be the perfect vehicle to explore listening in new ways. We explore intimacy between parents and infants, therapists and clients and the ways that music therapists engage in musicking with people to build relationships that help....
Reading
6 videos (Total 57 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
Video6 videos
Unit 4 introduction - part 2 of 26m
Communicative musicality perspective10m
Introducing Dr Stephen Malloch12m
We are all musical12m
Being present in music9m
Reading3 readings
Podcast by Mercedes Pavlicevic28m
Journal articles by Helen Shoemark and Elizabeth McLeans
Design a program to strengthen a personal relationship45m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Unit 4 - worth 10% of your overall grade20m
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By LYFeb 4th 2018

wonderfully insightful and completely inspiring! I gained so much from the course and am excited to apply why I have learned in my work context!

By SPOct 17th 2016

What an amazing course and very productive study materials. Thank you, this really added a lot to my professional development skills.

Instructor

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Katrina Skewes McFerran

Professor
Melbourne Conservatorium of Music

About The University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne is an internationally recognised research intensive University with a strong tradition of excellence in teaching, research, and community engagement. Established in 1853, it is Australia's second oldest University....

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