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MUSIC 2MT3 Intro Music Therapy Practice

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 Tues 4-6:45

Course Objectives:

This course offers an introduction to the literature and practice of music therapy with an emphasis on the diversity of music therapy applications such as bio-medical, psychoanalytical, behavioural and rehabilitation.

Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

An introduction to Music Therapy Theory and Practise, 3rd Edition
William B.Davis, Kate E Gfeller, Michael Thaut


Method of Assessment:

Quiz 1

Class 3

Jan 23



Quiz 2

Class 5

Feb 6


Mid-Term Class 7

Feb 27


Quiz 3

Class 10

Mar. 20 6%

Quiz 4

Class 12

April 3


Last Class

April 3

Final Exam 40%

Quizzes will be provided on-line via Avenue.  Attendance to class is imperative to understanding the material.

A midterm mark of at least 10% will be provided by March 16, 2018 as stated in grid above.

Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

First quiz missed: Next Quiz 12%

Second quiz missed will be marked 0

If quiz 4 is missed, a written replacement quiz will be provided.

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Topics and Readings:

Class 1/Jan 9          Overview of Music Therapy 
Read Chapter 1, Chapter 3, 
•    Defining Music Therapy
•    Music Therapy Resources 
•    Music Therapy in Canada 
•    Music Therapy Interventions 
•    Music Time Line
Class 2/Jan 16     Functions of Music & History of Music Therapy
Read Chapter 2 & Chapter 3

Review for Quiz #1 ( Material from Class 1&2 )
Class 3/Jan 23                
Quiz 1 – Available on-line Jan 21 9am –Jan 23 5pm 

Music Therapy Approaches
Read Chapter 15 (Part 2)
Read Chapter 10

Developmental Approaches (Orff-Schulwerk,Dalcroze Eurhythmics,Kodaly) 
Functional Goals
Nordoff Robbins Approach (Creative Music Therapy)
Bonny Method (GIM)
Behavioural Approach / CBT
Psychodynamic Approach
Biomedical Models (NMT)

NMT – Guest Speaker
Class 4/Jan 30      Music Therapy Models, Assessments & Evaluation
•    Parkinson’s disease ( Article on Avenue to Learn )
•    Pain Perception Intervention Research ( Article on Avenue to Learn )
Read Chapter 11
Review for Quiz #2 ( Material from Class 3&4 )

Class 5/Feb 6  Songwriting & Improvising as music therapy interventions
Quiz 2 – Available on-line Feb 4 9am – Feb 6 5pm

Reading to be added

•    Review for Mid Term

Class 6/ Feb 13                     
Music Therapy and the Elderly
Read Chapter 7

Feb 20 No Class

Class 7/Feb 27         Mid Term ( Classes 1-6 )


Class 8/ March 6
Music Therapy and Autism Spectrum Disorder
Read Chapter 5

Class 9/March 13      
Music Therapy and Mental Health 
Read Chapter 9
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

Review for Quiz #3 ( Material from Class 8 & 9 )

Class 10/March 20         
Quiz 3 – Available on-line March 18 9am – March 20 5pm 

Community Music Therapy
Readings to be added

Class 11/ March 27       Music Therapy & Research

Overview of Music Therapy & Contributions to Health care (Music Therapy Research)
Read Chapter 16

Music Therapy & Palliative Care
Read Chapter 12
Review for Quiz #4 ( Classes 1-11)

Class 12/ April 3           
Quiz 4 – Available on-line April 1st  9am – April 3rd  5pm 

Take-up Quiz 4 – Review for Exam