This course enhances a student’s ability to practice music therapy in conventional medical settings. Students build upon studies in neuroscience and apply neurological music therapy protocols in clinical practice. They connect neuroscience with the elements of music that have the power to commit change that is measurable, meaningful, and relevant to the patient’s treatment plan and overall well-being. Students also explore key needs of various medical populations and select appropriate clinical interventions. As students analyze music therapy in medical literature, they cultivate an ability to communicate about the music therapy profession with medical colleagues. Students also synthesize knowledge of medical terminology and constructs as they analyze situations and apply ethical choices in clinical practice.
This course prepares students for specialized music therapy practice within integrative medical centers. Students take a personal journey along a path of illness to optimal health in order to understand the needs of individuals as they encounter five stages: first signs of imbalance or discomfort; diagnosis; treatment; recovery; and optimal health and prevention. Throughout the course, students learn music and music therapy techniques for building a healthy mind, body, and spirit. They learn how music therapy interfaces with yogic teachings, breath work, chant, meditation, and cognitive-behavioral therapy. This course explores integrative medical paths like traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurveda and investigates how music can accompany individuals on their healing journeys. Students also learn about the theories underlying the psychoneuroimmunology of health and review the current medical literature to identify how music therapy addresses the needs of people as they take a healing journey.
This course explores foundations of culturally competent music therapy practice. This includes an exploration of systems of oppression and intersectionality—the interconnected nature of social categorizations such as race, class, and gender, as they apply to individuals or groups, and as they create overlapping and interdependent systems of discrimination. Students explore diverse cultures as they develop culturally competent music therapy skills. Additionally, students embark on a personal exploration of their own intersectionality and biases, and learn to apply culturally competent music therapy skills in academic and clinical supervision settings.
This course explores the world of digital and communications technology—such as mobile apps, social media, recording technology, and digital imaging—and shows how these resources can be of value to a music therapist. Students assemble a collection of skills—a toolbox—that can be used in their practice or research in music therapy. It is understood that students are likely to vary greatly in their knowledge of and skills with these technologies, both as part of their practice of music therapy and in their lives in general. The course design offers flexibility so that all students, regardless of technical proficiency, will find this educational journey interesting and of value to their studies.
This course supports an understanding of international trends in music therapy research, theory, and practice. Students explore contextual understandings of health and illness and focus on the notion of the social self and social health. Within this framework, students explore world issues that impact health and illness globally and examine the role of music as a medical and social contribution in other cultures. Students build skills to apply music therapy practice and treatment for the purpose of addressing major problems that impact the planet and learn what it means to provide culturally appropriate care, which includes an understanding of culturally influenced health behaviors. Students also explore how music is utilized in various cultures. The skills emphasized in the course are transferable and provide a paradigm for building music therapy programs all over the world.
In this course, students examine contemporary trends and challenges in the education and training of music therapists. Students explore the academic program accreditation and approval process. They learn about curriculum planning and syllabus design, exploring diverse models of teaching/learning. They also learn about academic supervision of music therapy practicum and internship experiences as they explore diverse models of music therapy supervision. Students also explore their individual teaching and supervision philosophies, and how to apply music and music therapy techniques as forms of supervision.
This course supports and guides students through the process of developing their culminating experience proposal. This includes proposing a topic that is important to the student personally and that ultimately contributes to the body of knowledge in the field of music therapy. The culminating experience/thesis proposal serves as a blueprint for the student's research or clinical project.
This course is designed to enhance the development of advanced clinical competencies for the professional music therapist. Emphases will be placed on exploring transference/countertransference issues that impact treatment decisions and outcomes, navigating difficult client situations, dynamics of supervisory relationships, and ethics in clinical practice. Students will apply learning using the case study model, which is designed to connect to current clinical practice.
This course supports students' completion of the culminating experience/thesis, which is a practicum or research project enabling the student to make a contribution to the field of music therapy. The student works in consultation with his/her faculty advisor to develop his/her unique project. The goal is to complete original work at a professional level. A faculty committee composed of the advisor and one to two other faculty members will evaluate the final project that results from the culminating experience. This team will serve as the examining committee. The process of writing this culminating experience/thesis calls upon individual experience, intelligence, creativity, and synthesis of acquired knowledge. The process also requires independence, organization, and determination. The result demonstrates a student's capabilities to have an impact on the body of knowledge in the field of music therapy, which will be further developed in MTH-690, and completed in MTH-695.
This project-based course is broken into two weekly sessions, the first focused on production and engineering concepts and the second focused on mixing skills. Throughout the semester, students complete two production projects: a step-by-step, singer-songwriter multitrack recording, and an exact sound-alike of an existing pivotal or hit record. Students experience the complete production process from preproduction though delivery, acquiring technical skills including multitrack recording techniques, microphone technique for vocals, guitars, drum-set and other instruments, and an understanding of signal flow, editing, mixing and delivery in the modern DAW environment. Students also gain experience with effective techniques of music production, including identifying goals, serving the emotional content of the song, effective arranging for records, and interpersonal issues surrounding the recording process.
Live Sound and Stage Craft teaches students the ins and outs of setting up and operating sound reinforcement systems. Students develop knowledge of signal flow, mixing board operation, microphone choice and placement as well as strategies to avoid feedback. Weekly hands-on guided set up and operation of sound reinforcement systems help illustrate concepts and allow students to learn through the power of experience. This includes mixing from the stage while performing, mixing for other musicians for and from the FOH (front of house) position, as well as monitors. In addition, students acquire effective set up and stage management skills as well as the common communication protocol with other musicians and technicians in live sound reinforcement situations. Finally, implementation of adapted practices and systems for problematic spaces or venues is also explored. Students will also gain experience with basic lighting and video stagecraft systems.
This course explores topics in electronic production and live performance techniques related to modern electronic dance music production, sound design, arrangement, and performance. Students will generate content and create their own music while learning how to use Ableton Live Suite. Students will learn to analyze electronic music, and explore techniques for remixing, performing, and creating electronic music.