Music in Health and Well-being
Run by School of Music and Media
20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits
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.
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.
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
Work which displays a thorough grasp of the subject, with evidence of further study, deeper thought, originality of approach and excellent written skills
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Choose ONE of the following questions:
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.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
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.
11 weekly lectures of 2 hours each.
11 weekly seminars of 1 hour each.
- 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.
Talis Reading listhttp://readinglists.bangor.ac.uk/modules/wxm-2309.html
See reading list for WXM 2187.
Courses including this module
Optional in courses:
- W3P3: BA Astudiaethau'r Cyfr & Cherdd year 2 (BA/ACC)
- T103: BA Chinese and Creative Studies year 2 (BA/CHCS)
- WPQ0: BA Creative Studies year 2 (BA/CST)
- WPQB: BA Creative Studies (4 year with Incorporated Foundation) year 2 (BA/CST1)
- WQ93: BA Creative Stds & English Lang. year 2 (BA/CSTEL)
- WR91: BA French and Creative Studies year 2 (BA/CSTFR)
- WR92: BA German and Creative Studies year 2 (BA/CSTG)
- WR93: BA Italian and Creative Studies year 2 (BA/CSTITAL)
- WW93: BA Creative Studies and Music year 2 (BA/CSTMUS)
- WR94: BA Spanish & Creative Studies year 2 (BA/CSTSP)
- 32N6: BA English Literature and Music year 2 (BA/ELM)
- VW23: BA Hanes Cymru a Cherddoriaeth year 2 (BA/HCAC)
- VW13: BA History and Music year 2 (BA/HMU)
- W3H6: BA Music and Electronic Engineering year 2 (BA/MEE)
- WV33: Music & Hist & Welsh Hist (IE) year 2 (BA/MHIE)
- W303: BA Music (with International Experience) year 2 (BA/MIE)
- PW33: BA Media Studies and Music year 2 (BA/MSMUS)
- RW13: BA Music/French year 2 (BA/MUFR)
- WR32: BA Music/German year 2 (BA/MUGE)
- WR33: BA Music/Italian year 2 (BA/MUIT)
- W300: BA Music year 2 (BA/MUS)
- WW38: BA Music and Creative Writing year 2 (BA/MUSCW)
- WW36: BA Music and Film Studies year 2 (BA/MUSFS)
- WR34: BA Music/Spanish year 2 (BA/MUSP)
- VVW3: BA Philosophy and Religion and Music year 2 (BA/PRM)
- QW53: BA Cymraeg/Music year 2 (BA/WMU)
- W304: BMus Music (with International Experience) year 2 (BMUS/MIE)
- W302: BMUS Music year 2 (BMUS/MUS)
- H6W3: BSc Electronic Engineering and Music year 2 (BSC/EEM)