PERF 6003 Music Therapy Skills & Practice A
Credit Points 20
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Description This subject focuses on the development of creative therapeutic music skills to support the delivery of music therapy to individual and group participants across the lifespan. Students learn, practice, and demonstrate a diverse range of skill sets that can be applied within their practicum placements as appropriate. This subject utilises creative active learning experiences within a lectorial (a synthesis of lecture and tutorial) format and addresses focus areas including: practicum placement; therapeutic music skills; music therapy methods (improvisational); technology in music therapy; and culture-centred music therapy.
School Humanities & Comm Arts
Student Contribution Band
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Level Postgraduate Coursework Level 6 subject
Equivalent Subjects PERF 7005 Music Therapy Skills 1 and PERF 7009 Music Therapy Skills and Practice A
This subject is only available to students enrolled in 1650 Master of Creative Music Therapy.
After successful completion of this subject, students will be able to
- Employ critical thinking strategies in applying music therapy practical skills to in-class active learning scenarios and real-world placement settings with a focus on: skills, repertoire, and improvisation frameworks for Guitar, Piano, Voice, Plusmore!
- Explain the application of the AMTA Standards of Practice and apply them to in-class active learning scenarios and real-world placement settings for individual and group music therapy participants
- Describe and report on experiences and learnings from SiMPrac (1st Yr) or RMT Placement (2nd Yr)
- Design and demonstrate an improvisational experience for use with an individual or group within a music therapy setting
- Apply knowledge of: the Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy approach, Electronic Music Technologies (EMTs); Culture-Centred practice; and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) within in-class active learning scenarios and real-world placement settings
- Demonstrate a student novice (1st Year) or student advanced beginner (2nd Year) level of music therapy skills within the following method: Improvisational
- Practicum Placement: 1st Year Students: Simulated Music Therapy Practicum (SiMPrac): 160 hours of online modules & activities; weekly small group supervision with an RMT; repertoire portfolio development; and field work. 2nd Year Students: Music Therapy Placement with a Registered Music Therapist: 160 hours within a clinical, educational, community or other setting as considered appropriate.
- Therapeutic Music Skills: Skills, repertoire and improvisation frameworks for Guitar, Piano, Voice, Plusmore! Note that 'Plusmore!' is written as such, and includes a focus on melodic chromatic instruments more broadly, tuned and un-tuned percussion instruments, and aural/musicianship skills as applied to music therapy.
- Method & Focus Approach: The 'improvisational' method with a focus on the Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy approach.
- Technology Focus: The use of various forms of electronic music technologies (EMTs) within music therapy practice - focus on sound reinforcement and devices.
- Goals Focus: Music therapy for addressing the development of cognitive goals across individual and group settings.
- Culture Focus: Addressing cultural needs within music therapy practice with a focus on one culture.
- Music Therapy Practice: Augmentative & Alternative Communication within music therapy practice.
Special Requirements - NSW Health Legislative Prerequisites Pre-requisites
Student Compliance Information for all Health-Related Placements
Prior to enrolling in this subject, students must have submitted a Student Undertaking Form and undertake to apply for a National Police Check, which is required to be submitted before placement, and a Working with Children Check Student Declaration. Use the link to the Special Requirements webpage below for more information.
To be eligible to enrol in this subject and complete any required health-related placements or experiences, students must meet Western Sydney University program requirements as well as any special, legislated, or policy-mandated requirements.
Western Program Requirements
Visit the Special Requirements webpage for details about your program.
Mandatory NSW Health student placement policy requirements
To be able to undertake placement in any NSW Health facility you must be assessed as compliant with NSW Health student placement policy in the first year of your program, regardless of when you expect to go on your first placement. Access and read the NSW Student Compliance Information Booklet.
Please ensure that you
- Find your existing National Police Check or apply for one
- Gather documentary evidence of your vaccination history
- Print and compete all relevant NSW Health forms relevant to the campus you are enrolled at or online enrolment requirements
- Follow booklet instructions on how to have your compliance documents assessed by NSW health staff.
International students have additional requirements; the link to the booklet will inform you of these requirements.
Contact your School for further details regarding your School’s requirements, if any, such as
- If you live outside of NSW or Australia and need to meet your state, territory or country’s compliance requirements
- If you need to meet different state, territory or country compliance requirements.
- NSW Working with Children Check (WWCC) or other state equivalent, valid for your entire program.
- Current approved first aid certificate valid for your entire program - approved program providers can be found at the Government Training website
- Other non-health related requirements.
Student Compliance Resources are also available on the Placements Hub web page (NSW students only)
Students enrolled in this subject are expected to have access to a guitar and a piano/keyboard; and own technology devices for listening to MP3 files and making basic short videos.
The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.
|Self-Assessment||Detailed competencies table and 500 words||20||N||Individual|
|Practical||4 x 2-minute videos and 4 x 200 words||20||N||Individual|
|Applied Project||10-minute video and 500 words||20||N||Individual|
|Professional Task||1,000 words||20||N||Individual|
|Professional Placement Performance||160 hours and 10 x 250 words||20||Y||Individual|
|Participation||Attendance at a minimum of 11 lectorials across the semester||S/U||N||Individual|
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