Advances in Neuroscience

Written approval of program director
Electable by: 
MTHE graduate students
Required of: 
None; elective course in MTHE
Semesters Offered: 
Fall Only
Boston Campus
Courses may not be offered at the listed location(s) each semester. Consult for specific term availability.

This course explores neuropsychology and neuroscience as it relates to the clinical practice of music therapy. Students learn about the ways human function (e.g. language, memory, movement) is affected by pathologies (e.g. aphasia, dementia, apraxia), as they come to understand how irregularities inform us about regular brain function. Students explore the way functions of the brain engage in various musical elements (rhythm, melody, preferred music). Students also review published case studies as they evaluate both the historical and modern research findings in neuroscience and music. In addition, students distinguish the brains of musicians from non-musicians, analyze how the arts impact neural development, and explore how music perception and production research can be applied to clinical practice.

Course chair: 
Joy Allen