Module WXM-3309:
Music in Health & 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

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. On completing the module, students will be able to develop critical arguments effectively and rigorously on the effectiveness of music as a tool to promote health and well-being

  2. On completing the module, students will be able to demonstrate an in-depth and thorough understanding of the general medical conditions that are treated by music in a therapeutic contex

  3. On completing the module, students will be able to demonstrate a detailed and mature understanding of the specific skills that are required of professional musicians or music therapists working in healthcare settings

  4. On completing the module, students will be able to evaluate and analyse information from a wide range of academic sources relating to the use of music to promote health and well-being in one specific area.

  5. On completing the module, students will be able to apply models of reflective practice to critically evaluate and analyse a musical event in a healthcare setting in the community, supported by their own observations as well as relevant academic literature.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
ESSAY Essay

Choose ONE of the following questions:

  1. According to the music therapist Juliette Alvin, ‘we can recognise Plato and Aristotle as the forerunners of music therapy’. To what extent is this true?

  2. Describe and evaluate, using specific case studies, the way in which music may be used to help children with Cerebral Palsy.

  3. Provide a critical discussion of the way in which ‘Mozart Effect’ was popularised, and consider to what extent there is solid evidence to support the ‘Mozart Effect’ theory?

  4. Using specific case studies, explain the music provision that is offered to prisoners OR offenders with mental illnesses. Thus evaluate the use of music in promoting the health and wellbeing of offenders.

  5. Provide an outline of the provision of music in health and wellbeing that is offered in the UK today. Evaluate the strategies and action plans that exist in various parts of the country to develop and promote this provision.

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 6 students will need to choose a subject area that hasn’t been discussed in class, and a subject which is relatively new to the field of music, health and wellbeing.

25
REPORT Report

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

By referring to the musical event you observed, prepare a report which will guide future musicians on the specific skills that are required to work as musicians in healthcare settings.

25

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Hours
Seminar

11 weekly seminars of 1 hours each

11
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

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-3309.html

Reading list

See reading list for WXM 3187.

Courses including this module

Optional in courses: