Module WXM-2186:
Music, Health and Wellbeing B

Module Facts

Run by School of Music and Media

10 Credits or 5 ECTS Credits

Semester 2

Organiser: Dr Gwawr Ifan

Overall aims and purpose

Students will: Acquire a solid understanding of the general medical conditions that are treated by music in a therapeutic context.

Acquire a solid understanding of the specific skills that are required of professional musicians or music therapists working in healthcare settings.

Develop skills in expressing their opinions on the effectiveness of music as a tool to promote health and wellbeing in various fields.

Read and gather information from a wide range of literature relating to the use of music to promote health and wellbeing in one specific area.

Course content

This module will focus in detail on some of the main areas in which music is used as a means to promote wellbeing and to aid healing. The use of music in a wide variety of therapeutic contexts will be considered, as well as the effectiveness of music in treating various conditions including physical conditions and mental illnesses. There will be opportunities to have seminars and informal workshops with musicians and music therapists who work with music in healthcare and community settings on a daily basis.

Assessment Criteria

good

The work should display a sound grasp of the subject, a good level of conceptual thought, awareness of the main issues, with evidence of intellectual acumen and good expression.

threshold

Work which displays basic, restricted knowledge of the subject, with simple ability at conceptual thought, and a limited awareness of issues, but has some evidence of a generally intellectual approach, with fair expression.

excellent

Work which displays a thorough grasp of the subject, with evidence of further study, deeper thought, originality of approach and excellent written skills

Learning outcomes

    1. Developed observation skills which enable them to evaluate a musical event in a healthcare setting in the community, and to analyse the impact that music may have on health and wellbeing in the local community.
    1. Developed skills in expressing their opinions on the effectiveness of music as a tool to promote health and wellbeing in various fields.
    1. Read and gathered information from a wide range of literature relating to the use of music to promote health and wellbeing in one specific area.
    1. Acquired a solid understanding of the specific skills that are required of professional musicians or music therapists working in healthcare settings.
    1. Acquired a solid understanding of the general medical conditions that are treated by music in a therapeutic context.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
REPORT Report 15
AURAL Presentation 20
ESSAY Essay 65

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Hours
Lecture 22
Private study 78

Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
  • Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
  • Mentoring - Able to support, help, guide, inspire and/or coach others
  • Caring - Showing concern for others; caring for children, people with disabilities and/or the elderly
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
  • Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others

Subject specific skills

  • Intellectual skills specific to Music – contextual knowledge, cultural awareness, critical understanding, repertoire knowledge, curiosity, analytical demonstration
  • Intellectual skills shared with other disciplines – research and exploration, reasoning and logic, understanding, critical judgement, assimilation and application
  • Skills of communication and interaction – oral and written communication, public presentation, team-working and collaboration, awareness of professional protocols, sensitivity, ICT skills, etc.
  • Skills of personal management – self-motivation, self-critical awareness, independence, entrepreneurship and employment skills, time management and reliability, organisation, etc.
  • Enhanced powers of imagination and creativity (4.17)

Courses including this module

Optional in courses: