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.
This course builds on the research methodology foundation introduced in MTH-510 and MTH-550 with an emphasis on quantitative data analysis, statistical testing, and interpreting research results. Students learn procedures for categorizing, organizing, coding, and cleaning data. Additionally, they learn how to best present their data through visual displays such as tables and graphs. They also learn how to compute, interpret and present both descriptive statistics about their sample and inferential statistics to generalize to the population of interest. These statistics are explained both computationally as well as theoretically. Students learn basic probability theory and its connection to hypothesis testing. The course also examines how to evaluate research critically for potential artifacts and the process of meta analysis for quantitatively synthesizing other research studies. Students have hands-on practical experience using SPSS student software to analyze real data throughout the course.
This course is designed to provide a foundation for the development of clinical guitar skills for the music therapy student with little or no guitar playing experience. Students will gain an understanding of the basic mechanics of the guitar, including care, tuning and proper positioning. Emphases will be placed on basics of functional guitar playing using simple rhythmic and harmonic accompaniment patterns to develop clinical repertoire.
This course is designed to develop intermediate clinical guitar skills for the music therapy student with an established foundation of functional guitar skills. Students will further their knowledge of mechanics of the guitar, including alternative tunings and barre chords. Emphases will be placed on functional guitar playing using rhythmic, harmonic, and melodic accompaniment patterns, while singing, to further develop clinical repertoire.
This course is designed to develop advanced clinical guitar skills for the music therapy student with demonstrated intermediate functional guitar skills. Emphases will be placed on the following: purposeful use of fingerstyle/picking techniques, connecting strumming pattern variation with clinical intention, relating accompaniment style choices to clinical context, guitar centered improvisation techniques, prompting and cueing techniques, and guitar methods utilizing genre related clinical tools and techniques.
This course is designed to develop clinical keyboard skills for the music therapy student, with emphases on playing and singing simultaneously. Music therapy students learn how to read a lead sheet and create appropriate accompaniment patterns for various genres. Students are exposed to a wide range of literature from 1920s to present. This course emphasizes playing piano and singing simultaneously.
This course is a continuation of ISKB-231, Keyboard Concepts for Music Therapists 1. Students learn advanced accompaniment patterns for popular musical styles.
This course teaches assistive music technologies that allow musicians with visual impairment to effectively communicate with other sighted musicians. The course explores Braille music and the basic elements and concepts of music through reading, listening, writing, and playing assignments. The course also explores notation and digital audio production through a number of projects. The projects include creating a lead sheet, a chart for the rhythm section and a lead line with Sibelius, and producing a musical arrangement and a podcast using Sonar.
This course is designed to give students a basic understanding of the profession of music therapy. This includes a history of the profession, levels of practice, education and training requirements of music therapists, and music therapy methods with various clinical populations. Students are introduced to the music therapy treatment process and approaches to research within the profession.
This introductory course is designed with the whole musician in mind and seeks to assist each participant to foster skills to enhance overall wellness creativity, and performance. Each two-hour class offers didactic information, interactive learning, and explicit skill building in conceptual and practical areas scientifically demonstrated to support the craft of creativity and wellness. These areas include balance, mindfulness, and mind-body science. Substantive threads from each of these areas will be woven through the texture of each individual class to support recognition of the interconnections that exist among them as a whole. All of this information will be used to help each student create a solid foundation of awareness as a musician.
This course provides a comprehensive overview of recreative and creative methods in music therapy. Definitions, uses, variations, clinical goals, and facilitation techniques are covered. This course has a strong experiential component, whereby students role play in an effort to practice implementation skills learned in class.
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.