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MUSIC 2MT3 Intro Music Therapy Practice (C01)

Academic Year: Spring/Summer 2019

Term: Spring

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Prof. Rachael Finnerty


Office: Togo Salmon Hall 432

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 23668


Office Hours: By Appointment

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, a midterm and a final exam.

Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

An Introduction to Music Therapy Courseware ( Fall 2018 or Winter 2019 or Spring 2019 )

Method of Assessment:

Quiz 1



May 10




Quiz 2



May 17




Room to be Assigned Class 6

May 23



Quiz 3


Friday May 31



Quiz 4



June 7



Quiz 5



June 14



Final Exam

June 20th



Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

A missed quiz will be graded as 0. The lowest quiz grade will be dropped for each student. The quiz must be completed within the allotted time.  No exceptions will be made. An MSAF is not required for the first quiz missed

Please Note the Following Policies and Statements:

Academic Dishonesty

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Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: "Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty"), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.

It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

  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.

Email correspondence policy

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Modification of course outlines

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McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)

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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.

Academic Accommodation for Religious, Indigenous and Spiritual Observances

Students requiring academic accommodation based on religion and spiritual observances should follow the procedures set out in the Course Calendar or by their respective Faculty. In most cases, the student should contact his or her professor or academic advisor as soon as possible to arrange accommodations for classes, assignments, tests and examinations that might be affected by a religious holiday or spiritual observance.

Topics and Readings:

  • Overview of the profession of Music Therapy.
  • Theoretical Foundations of Music Therapy
  • Music Therapy Models, Assessments and Evaluations
  • Music Therapy Interventions; Song writing, Pre-composed Music and Improvising
  • Music Therapy with specific populations such as; Mental Health, Palliative Care, Acquired Brain Injury, Dementia, Autism and Rehabilitation. 

Class 1- May 7

Overview of Music Therapy

( Slides )


Class 2 - May 9

History of Music Therapy Courseware p.1-20


Class 3 - May 14

Approaches/ Models & Improvisation  Courseware p.21-29 & & 31-46


Class 4 - May 16  

Songwriting as Music Therapy intervention & Acquired Brain Injury

( presented as webinar – No Class )Courseware p.47-56

Class 5- May 21

Guest Lecture #1Music & Emotions

And #2 NMT

( Both guest lectures testable )


Class 6- May 23


Room to be Assigned 1-2pm

Class 7 – May 28

Pre-composed music as a Music Therapy intervention &  Dementia

Courseware p.57-68

Class 8- May 30   

Music Therapy and Autism Spectrum Disorder


Courseware p.69-96

Class 9-June 4

Music Therapy and Mental Health

Courseware p.97-128

Class10-June 6

Community Music Therapy

Reading on Avenue

Class 11- June 11

Music Therapy & Palliative Care

Courseware p.129-146

Class 12- June 13

Music Therapy Research & NICU

Courseware p.147-167 & Reading on Avenue

Class 13/May 18

Review for Final Exam – Classes 1-12

Final Exam

June 20

Room to be assigned 1-2:30




Other Course Information:

Class attendance is an important factor in understanding the material.  iClickers are not mandatory, however opportunities to engage using iClickers in answering questions about the material will be provided in class. Final grades are rounded to closest whole number ( 76.7 = 77 ).  Final grades will reflect your accomplishments. Grades will not be adjusted/raised because you need a higher grade to apply for graduate school.  However, if you have any questions about quizzes, midterm, or final exam material, the Instructor will happily meet with you to discuss any concerns about specific questions, and to support your learning.