Module WXM-3186:
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: 1. Acquire an in-depth and thorough understanding of the general medical conditions that are treated by music in a therapeutic context. 2. Acquire a detailed and mature understanding of the specific skills that are required of professional musicians or music therapists working in healthcare settings. 3. Develop skills in expressing their opinions effectively and rigorously on the effectiveness of music as a tool to promote health and wellbeing in various fields. 4. Read and gather information from a wide range of academic literature from specialist publications (e.g. scientific journals) relating to the use of music to promote health and wellbeing in one specific area. 5. Develop observation and critical skills which enable them to critically evaluate a musical event in a healthcare setting in the community, and to analyse the skills that a musician will need to work in the field of music, health and wellbeing.

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.

excellent

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

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.

Learning outcomes

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

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

  3. Read and gathered information from a wide range of academic literature from specialist publications (e.g. scientific journals) relating to the use of music to promote health and wellbeing in one specific area.

  4. Develop observation and critical skills which enable them to critically evaluate a musical event in a healthcare setting in the community, and to analyse the skills that a musician will need to work in the field of music, health and wellbeing.

    1. Acquire an in-depth and thorough understanding of the general medical conditions that are treated by music in a therapeutic contex

Assessment Methods

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

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Hours
Private study 78
Lecture 22

Transferable skills

  • Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
  • 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

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