Music and Health

University of Queensland

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Music and Health

  • Host University

    University of Queensland

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Health Science, Music (BA)

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Course offering may be cancelled if fewer than 10 students enrol

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
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  • Overview

    Course Description
    This course provides an overview of music's role in personal health and wellbeing. Students will learn about how to use music for their own relaxation and anxiety management. Theories of music in individual and community health are presented and supported by experiential activities. Students do not need to have any musical expertise to participate in this course.
    Learning Objectives
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1. Identify ways in which music has been used to improve health throughout history and in different cultures
    2. Describe theories that explain how music influences health and wellbeing physically, emotionally, cognitively and spiritually
    3. Describe the practice of music therapy in general
    4. Describe the practice of music therapy with specific clinical populations
    5. Identify and critically analyse research on a range of topics presented in this course
    6. Locate and reference a range of literature sources relating to music, health and wellbeing, and music therapy
    Class Contact
    2 Lecture hours
    In-class Exam
    Type: Exam - Mid Semester During Class
    Learning Objectives Assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Due Date: Mid Semester
    Weight: 20%
    Reading: 0 minutes
    Duration: 50 minutes
    Format: Short answer, Short essay
    Task Description: The In-class mid-semester examination is worth 20% of the total mark for the course assessment and will be structured into two separate sections.
    Section A and Section B are each worth 10% of the total mark for the course (total = 20%).
    Section A is worth 10% and requires you to provide 10 short answers. Therefore each answer is worth 1% of the total mark for the course.
    Section B is worth 10% and requires you to answer 2 out of the four questions that are given. Therefore each answer is worth 5% of the total mark for the course.
    Literature review
    Type: Other assessment - specified by user
    Learning Objectives Assessed: 1, 2, 4, 5, 6
    Due Date: Mid-Late Semester
    Weight: 40%
    Task Description:
    For this assignment you need to choose one of the topics below:
    • Music and the brain
    • Music and stress & anxiety management
    • Music Therapy and dementia
    For the topic that you choose:
    1. Select at least 10 recent book chapters, journal articles and/or case studies that address issues relating to the topic you have chosen (NOTE: recent means published in the last 10 years).
    2. Write the essay in two sections, using the selected articles as references.
    Section A - this section is worth 80% of the total assignment mark (1500 words)
    1. Provide a short overview of the critical points of current knowledge encountered in this topic. Write in such a way that you bring the reader up to date with current literature. Demonstrate you have a good understanding of the field of study and that you know the most important issues.
    2. In the introduction, you should identify the topic you have chosen and provide a context for the literature. Point out the history and the trends in the literature you have reviewed and any conflicts in theory, outcomes, evidence or gaps in research. Explain the organisation of the review and if necessary why you have decided that certain literature is or is not included.
    3. In the body, you should group the types of literature (chapters, journal articles, case studies) according to common areas of research and outcomes - this is called synthesising the literature. It is important in a literature review to not merely list the research. You will need to summarise and bring together (synthesise) the common points that you think are significant. Summarize individual studies, chapters or articles with as much or as little detail as you think supports each point.
    4. It can be helpful to provide sentences at the beginnings of paragraphs as ?signposts? pointing to the main idea being presented and then brief summary sentences throughout the review to articulate your understanding of the comparisons and analyses of the literature.
    5. In the conclusion, you should summarise by highlighting the main contributions of the studies and articles that you have reviewed. Maintain the focus established in the introduction. Evaluate the body of knowledge you have reviewed, pointing out any gaps or inconsistencies in the findings and conclude by addressing your responses to the research outlined in Section B.
    Section B - this section is worth 20% of the total assignment mark (500 words)
    Discuss your reaction to your readings for the literature review using the following questions as a guide:
    How has researching this topic changed any ideas you may have previously held about this subject? How effective is the practice of music therapy with the different populations it works with. What are the most significant aspects of the research and work in your opinion? What do you consider the most important research and development work in this area recently? Have you noticed any trends and developments emerging over time in this area?
    Referencing Style must be used consistently and appropriately. APA is the preferred Referencing Style. However, please indicate at the header of the assignment which style you are using.
    Students intending to undertake the study of music therapy should use APA style guidelines. Students not intending to do music therapy studies should use the School of Music guidelines.
    Final Exam
    Type: Exam - during Exam Period (Central)
    Learning Objectives Assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    Due Date: Examination Period
    Weight: 40%
    Reading: 10 minutes
    Duration: 90 minutes
    Format: Multiple-choice, Short essay
    Task Description: The Final Examination is worth 40% of the total mark for the course assessment and will be structured into two separate sections.
    Section A is worth 10% and Section B is worth 30% of the total mark for the course.
    Section A requires you to complete a Multiple Choice Questionnaire of 10 questions which is worth 10%.
    Section B requires you to answer three questions out of the four that are given. The maximum total marks for these three answers is worth 30% of the total mark for the course. Therefore, each answer is worth 10% of the total mark.
    This exam will be assessed according to the following criteria for both sections A and B:
    Accuracy and completeness of specific knowledge of the topic
    For Section B the following criteria also apply:
    • Understanding of the topic and field of study and an ability to relate specific elements of knowledge to the wider context.
    • Evidence of reading and research into course content and an ability to critically evaluate and analyse issues.
    • Clarity of written communication and presenting information in a clear, fluent and logical way.

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