Module WXM-2309:
Music in Health and Well-being

Module Facts

Run by School of Music and Media

20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits

Semester 2

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 well-being in various fields. Read and gather information from a wide range of literature relating to the use of music to promote health and well-being in one specific area.

Course content

In this module, there will be an opportunity to consider the impact that music can have in a psychological, emotional and social context, and the connections between music, health and well-being from a variety of historical and cultural perspectives. You will learn about some of the main areas in which music is used to promote well-being. The use of music in a wide variety of therapeutic contexts will be considered and discussed, as well as the effectiveness of music in treating physical and mental health conditions.

Assessment Criteria

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

good

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

excellent

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

Learning outcomes

  1. On completing the module students will be able to demonstrate a solid understanding of the general medical conditions that are treated by music in a therapeutic context.

  2. On completing the module students will be able to present and discuss information from a wide range of literature relating to the use of music to promote health and well-being in one specific area.

  3. On completing the module students will be able to express their opinions on the effectiveness of music as a tool to promote health and well-being.

  4. On completing the module students will be able to apply their observation skills to evaluate a musical event in a healthcare setting in the community.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
REPORT Report

Write a reflective report of 1000 words, answering the following question:

Provide a detailed description of the musical event which you observed. By referring to this event, evaluate the benefits of using music to promote health and wellbeing in a healthcare setting.

25
ESSAY Essay

Choose ONE of the following questions:

  1. Discuss some of the main ways in which music may be used to impact upon specific groups within society on a daily basis.

  2. Discuss and evaluate the importance of music in the lives of the Ancient Greeks, and the way in which this impacted the early development of music, health and wellbeing.

  3. Explain the way in which the term ‘Mozart Effect’ was developed, a discuss the way in which it is used today in the context of child development.

  4. Describe and evaluate the way in which music is used as a therapeutic tool with Autistic children.

  5. Using your own personal experiences as well as other case studies, e.g. Live Music Now and/or Music in Hospitals etc., consider the main benefits and challenges that are involved with using music to promote health and wellbeing in healthcare settings.

50
INDIVIDUAL PRESENTATION Presentation

Prepare a 10 minute presentation, introducing a specific subject area within music, health and wellbeing.

There will be an opportunity to choose a topic of your choice at the beginning of the semester. You are free to choose a topic which is of interest to you. However, Level 5 students should choose from subject areas which are closely related to topics that are covered within lectures (e.g. Autism, child development). However, it is emphasised that all students will need to carry out thorough independent research, using information received in lectures as a starting point only.

25

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Hours
Private study

Individual work, including: - Reading and preparing answers to questions set in class on a weekly basis. These will form the basis of an academic discussion in the weekly seminars. - Researching and preparing for their assignments.

167
Lecture

11 weekly lectures of 2 hours each.

22
Seminar

11 weekly seminars of 1 hour each.

11

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.
  • 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

  • Musicianship skills – recognition, classification, contextualisation, reconstruction, exploration
  • 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.

Resources

Talis Reading list

http://readinglists.bangor.ac.uk/modules/wxm-2309.html

Reading list

See reading list for WXM 2187.

Courses including this module

Optional in courses: