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MUSIC 2MT3 Intro Music Therapy Practice

Academic Year: Fall 2016

Term: Fall

Day/Evening: E

Instructor: Prof. Rachael Finnerty


Office: Togo Salmon Hall 416

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 23668

Office Hours: Wednesdays 530-7 Room 434

Course Objectives:

This course offers an introduction to the literature and professional practice of music therapy with an emphasis on the diversity of music therapy applications such as bio-medical, psychoanalytical, behavioural and rehabilitation. Music therapy interventions and approaches will be highlighted through reviewing music therapy articles.  Knowledge of the profession of music therapy, its diversity of client groups, music therapy interventions and approaches will be assessed through multiple choice quizzes.


Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

A Comprehensive Guide to Music Therapy, Theory, Clinical Practice, Research and Training, Tony Wigram, Inge Nygaard Pederson, Lars Ole Bonde, Jessica Kingsley Publishers (2002)

Method of Assessment:


Class 3 10%

Sept 21

Graded by Nov 4th

Mid-Term Class 6 30%

Oct 19


Class 8 10%

Nov 2



Class 10 10%

Nov 16

Final Exam 40%

Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

If a student misses a quiz, the following quiz will be weighted an additional 10%. 

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  1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
  2. Improper collaboration in group work.
  3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

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Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities

Students who require academic accommodation must contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) to make arrangements with a Program Coordinator. Academic accommodations must be arranged for each term of study. Student Accessibility Services can be contacted by phone 905-525-9140 ext. 28652 or e-mail For further information, consult McMaster University's Policy for Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities.

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Topics and Readings:

 Performance in Music Therapy: Experiences in Five Dimensions

Jampel, P.F

Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy, 11.1

© 2011 VOICES: A World Forum for Music Therapy


Collaborative Work: Negotiations between Music Therapists ad Community Musicians in the Development of a South African Community Music Therapy Project

Oosthuizan, H. et al

Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy, 7.3

© 2007 VOICES: A World Forum for Music Therapy


Preverbal Communication Through Music to Overcome a Child’s Language Disorder

Oldfield, A.

Case Studies in Music Therapy, Bruscia, K. E. ed

© 2006 Barcelona Publishers


Active Music Therapy in Parkinson’s Disease: An Integrative Method for Motor and Emotional Rehabilitation

Paccetti, C et al

Psychosomatic Medicine, 62

© 2000 American Psychosomatic Society

Other Course Information:

Classes are Wednesdays 7-10pm  TSH 120

Class attendance is an important factor in understanding the material.