Music Therapy

Introduction to International Music Therapy

MTH-201

3 credit(s)
Course Chair: Suzanne Hanser
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: MTHE majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: None
Department: MTHE

This course covers the theories and processes of music therapy, the history of the profession, and a survey of basic principles, methods, techniques, and applications. Students will visit facilities where music therapy is practiced, observe music therapists in action, and discuss the role of music in therapy within a wide variety of clinical and community settings. In addition, they will be introduced to music therapy practices in different countries through published literature.

Music in Special Education

MTH-231

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Suzanne Hanser
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: MTHE majors
Electable by: MTHE majors
Prerequisites: None
Department: MTHE

This course allows students to learn and demonstrate skills in music therapy group leading. It also teaches students how to teach music to exceptional children and how to help them reach non-musical goals and objectives. Upon completion of this course, students will demonstrate proficiency on modified guitar technique, omnichord, and rhythmic instruments in addition to songwriting and improvising skills.

Music Therapy Practicum 1: Special Education

MTH-232

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Suzanne Hanser
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: MTHE majors
Electable by: MTHE majors
Prerequisites: Declaration of music therapy major and concurrent enrollment in MTH-231
Department: MTHE

This course is the concurrent clinical music therapy practicum that accompanies MTH-231. Students are assigned to a facility or agency in the community and apply the skills they are learning in the classroom to this clinical placement.

Practicum 1 Field Work

MTH-233

0 credit(s)
Course Chair: Suzanne Hanser
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: MTHE majors
Electable by: MTHE majors
Prerequisites: Declaration of MTHE major and concurrent enrollment in MTH-232
Department: MTHE

Students are placed in a public or private school that serves children with special needs, primarily in small groups. Practicum 1 provides students with their very first experiences of providing clinical music. Students have the opportunity to demonstrate the ability to make a clear connection to the group and meet the special needs of children through clinical music activities.

Technology for Music Therapists

MTH-281

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Suzanne Hanser
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: MTHE majors
Electable by: MTHE majors
Prerequisites: MTEC-111
Department: MTHE

A hands-on course designed to provide practical skills for incorporating technology into the practice of music therapy. Topics will include MIDI, digital sound, adaptive technology, music composition/performance software, and the internet. Students will use technology to develop original music activities and present them to the class.

Psychology of Music

MTH-311

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Suzanne Hanser
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: MTHE majors
Electable by: MTHE majors
Prerequisites: None
Department: MTHE

This course will examine the psychological, physiological, and sociological foundations of music and music therapy. Students will learn aspects of musical behavior and processing including the influence of music upon behavior, physiological and affective responses to music, perception and cognition of music, psychomotor components of music behavior, learning and development, and preference and creativity.

Music Therapy Practicum 2: Geriatrics

MTH-312

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Suzanne Hanser
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: MTHE majors
Electable by: MTHE majors
Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in MTH-311
Department: MTHE

This course is the concurrent clinical music therapy practicum that accompanies MTH-311. Students are assigned to a facility or agency in the community and apply the skills they are learning in the classroom to this clinical placement.

Practicum 2 Field Work

MTH-313

0 credit(s)
Course Chair: Suzanne Hanser
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: MTHE majors
Electable by: MTHE majors
Prerequisites: Declaration of music therapy major and concurrent enrollment in MTH-312
Department: MTHE

Students are assigned to music therapy groups with older adults in nursing home and adult day care settings. Students are introduced to a data-based model of music therapy. They develop musical resources for this population, develop the ability to discuss therapeutic process, and complete a final case presentation in written and verbal forms.

Research in Music Therapy

MTH-331

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Suzanne Hanser
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: MTHE majors
Electable by: MTHE majors
Prerequisites: None
Department: MTHE

This course will examine how music therapists document the processes and products of what they do. After covering assessment and data-gathering techniques, it offers a survey of research methodology, ways to analyze data, and ethical considerations in music therapy practice. Students participate in designing, implementing, and analyzing the results of a music therapy experiment.

Music Therapy Practicum 3: Research

MTH-332

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Suzanne Hanser
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: MTHE majors
Electable by: MTHE majors
Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in MTH-331
Department: MTHE

This course is the concurrent clinical music therapy practicum that accompanies MTH-331. Students apply the research skills they are learning in the classroom to a clinical setting.

Exceptional Children

MTH-351

3 credit(s)
Course Chair: Suzanne Hanser
Semesters Offered: Fall, Summer
Required of: MTHE majors
Electable by: MTHE majors
Prerequisites: None
Department: MTHE

This course will provide students with a sensitization and awareness in dealing with a mixed school population. Mainstreaming requires an expanded responsibility and familiarization toward students with educational exceptionalities.

Music in Psychotherapy

MTH-411

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Suzanne Hanser
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: MTHE majors
Electable by: MTHE majors
Prerequisites: MTH-331 and MTH-332
Department: MTHE

This course will engage students in a group therapy experience in which they will apply music to the psychotherapeutic process. Students will learn a variety of approaches to psychotherapy and develop an individual philosophy of music therapy as it applies to adult psychotherapy.

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