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MUSIC 2MU3 Intro Music Therapy Research

Academic Year: Winter 2018

Term: Winter

Day/Evening: E

Instructor: Prof. Rachael Finnerty


Office: Togo Salmon Hall 416

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 23668

Office Hours: TSH rm 416 Wed 4-6:45

Course Objectives:

This course will focus on current research across the music therapy profession. Students will become familiar with music therapy research relevant to stroke, parkinson's disease, mental health, neonatal care and how music impacts the human being both neurlogically and emotionally.

Textbooks, Materials & Fees:


Method of Assessment:

Quiz 1    Class 3   5%    

Quiz 2   Class 5  5%    

Midterm  Class 7 30%    

Quiz 3    Class 9   5%    

Quiz 4   Class 11   5%    

Quiz 5    Class12    5%    

Final Exam   45%

10% of the final grade will be received before March 16th.


Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

The first quiz that is missed will be exempt and the next quiz will be weighted 12%.

Additional missed quizzes will recieve a 0.

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Topics and Readings:

Class 1 (Wigram 5.1) 

•    Review of Music Therapy and Music Therapy Research 
•    Music Therapy Research Journals
•    5.1   Research in Music Therapy – An Overview
•    Quantitative/Qualitative research
•    Investigating music therapy process
•    Music-based interventions in palliative cancer care: a review of quantitative studies and neurobiological literature (Patrick Archie & Eduardo Bruera & Lorenzo Cohen)

Class 2  (Wigram 5.2)

•    Investigating physiological/psychological outcomes
•    Applied behavior analysis
•    Audio/video analysis
•    Assessment and Clinical Evaluation in Music Therapy
•    Short-term effects of vibration therapy on motor impairments in Parkinson’s disease (Lauren K. Kinga,∗, Quincy J. Almeidaa and Heidi Ahonen Sun Life Financial Movement Disorders Research and Rehabilitation Centre, Wilfrid Laurier University)

Class 3 (Wigram 5.3 & 5.4) 

•    Reliability/validity
•    Assessment models
•    Assessment tools
•    Evidenced Based Practiced
•    Home-based music therapy for upper limb rehabilitaion with stroke patients at community rehabilitation stage – a feasibility study. (Alexander J.Street 1, WendyL.Magee2, HelenOdell-Miller 1, AndrewBateman3, 4,5,6 and Jorg C.Fachner1* 1 Music andPerformingArts, MusicforHealthResearchCentre)

Class 4   Music Therapy & Neonatal Care
•    Music Therapy in the NICU: Is there Evidence to support Integration for Procedural Support?  Kimberly A. Allen, PhD, RN, University of Washington School of Health Sciences, Seattle, WA
•    The Effects of Music Therapy on Vital Signs, Feeding, and Sleep in Premature Infants

Class 5   Improvising in Music Therapy & as Musicians
•    Bridging Music and Psychoanalytic Therapy (By Deborah Salmon)
•    Performing Wellness: Playing in the Spaces Between Music Therapy and Music Performance Improvisation Practices

Class 6  Music Therapy & ASD
•    Effects of music therapy on mood, language, behavior, and social skills in children with autism: A meta-analysis, Zhi-Min Shi a, *, Gui-Hong Lin a, Qing Xie b

Class 7 Mid Term

Class 8 Music Therapy and Mental Health

•    The Social Architecture of Anxiety and Potential Role of Music Therapy (Rebecca Zarate)
•    Women with Addictions Report Reduced Anxiety After Group Music Therapy: A Quasi-Experimental Study (2013)

Class 9 The Function of Music?
•    Music, Biological Evolution and the Brain’ (A.Patel)
•    How Music Can Influence the Body: Perspectives From Current Research (Imogen Nicola Clark & Jeanette Tamplin)

Class 10 

•    Music Therapy for Preschool Cochlear Implant Recipients
•    The Role of Music and Music Therapy in Aphasia Rehabilitation (Meghan L. Hartley, MA1, Alan Turry, DA, MT-BC, LCAT, NRMT2, and Preeti Raghavan MD3)

Class 11 Music Therapy & Culture
•    Songwriting with Oncology and Hospice Adult Patients from a Multicultural Perspective

Class 12    Music Therapy & Depression

•    Active versus receptive group music therapy for major depressive disorder—A pilot study Penchaya Atiwannapata, Papan Thaipisuttikula,∗, Patchawan Poopityastapornb, Wanwisa Katekaewa a Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine

Class 13 -- Review


Other Course Information:

Attendance to class is imperative to understanding the material and doing well in the course.