Module WXM-3187:
Music, Health and Wellbeing A

Module Facts

Run by School of Music and Media

10 Credits or 5 ECTS Credits

Semester 1

Organiser: Dr Gwawr Ifan

Overall aims and purpose

• Develop a solid understanding of the importance of music as a means to impact upon individuals and communities on a social, emotional and psychological level.

• Develop an understanding of the acknowledgement given to music in the field of health and wellbeing in a historical context, especially focussing on the Ancient Greeks.

• Acquire a solid understanding of the way in which music is used to impact health and wellbeing in healthcare settings and/or the education system in the 20th/21st century.

• Developed skills in researching the most recent scientific developments relating to recent developments in the field of music, health and wellbeing today

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. We will also consider music in a medical context, and will study the connections between music, health and wellbeing from a variety of historical and cultural perspectives. There will be an opportunity to focus on the importance of music in healing in Ancient Greece, as well as the most current and innovative ways in which music is used in scientific and therapeutic research relating to health and wellbeing.

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. Developed 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.

  2. Developed the ability to provide a detailed and critical evaluation of the acknowledgement given to music in the field of health and wellbeing in a historical context.

  3. Developed skills in expressing their opinions, including a well-balanced discussion and consideration of various perspectives, on relevant literature and research relating to recent developments in the field of music, health and wellbeing.

  4. Acquired in-depth and thorough understanding of the way in which music is used to impact health and wellbeing in healthcare settings and/or the education system in the 20th/21st century.

  5. Acquired in-depth and thorough understanding of the importance of music as a means to impact upon individuals and communities on a social, emotional and psychological level.

Assessment Methods

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

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: