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MUSC7001 - Intro:Therapy/Community Music

Title:Intro:Therapy/Community Music
Long Title:Intro:Therapy/Community Music
Module Code:MUSC7001
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Intermediate
Field of Study: Music & Performing Arts
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2017/18 ( September 2017 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: MARIA JUDGE
Module Author: EDEL SULLIVAN
Module Description: This module enables the student establish their knowledge of the disciplines of Community Music and Music Therapy through a mixture of supervised practical experience and academic study.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Identify the benefits of musical activity within the community.
LO2 Discuss the context within which Community Arts Practitioners and Music Therapists operate.
LO3 Analyse, through research and supervised participation, a variety of projects run by experienced musicians working within a range of settings.
LO4 Facilitate activities suitable for use in the area of community music.
LO5 Demonstrate an understanding of a range of Music Therapy approaches as applied to a variety of client groups.
LO6 Engage in musical improvisation and interaction with an awareness of therapeutic potential.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named MTU module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

13000 MUSC7001 Intro:Therapy/Community Music
Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Community Music
Workshop techniques / Activities: Learn a variety of techniques and approaches to enable musical engagement with a range of group-types. Background to Community Arts: Overview of the evolution of "community arts" in modern culture. Observation/Participation: Off-site supervised observation and participation in music making in a non-formal setting
Music Therapy
Knowledge and Context: Introduction to (i) the scope of the Music Therapy profession, (ii) a range of Music Therapy approaches and pioneers and (iii) an overview of how their work has been applied in a variety of contexts. Practical Skill Development: Practical exploration of some of the uses of improvisation in Music Therapy. Observation/Participation: Off-site supervised observation and participation in music making in a non-formal setting.
Definition of areas
Clarification of the differences and overlaps between Community Music and Music Therapy.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project Community music projects and activities 1,2,4 30.0 Every Week
Reflective Journal Community Music - Observation journal 2,3 20.0 Week 12
Essay Music Therapy 2,5 30.0 Week 12
Practical/Skills Evaluation Musical Improvisation and Interaction 6 10.0 Every Week
Reflective Journal Music Therapy - Reflective Analysis of Clinical Work 2,3 10.0 Week 11
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Community Music - workshop activities and project analysis 1.5 Every Week 1.50
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Project work, research, skill development and community engagement 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Lecture Music Therapy - theory and practical skills 1.5 Every Week 1.50
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Alvin, Juliette 1991, Music Therapy, 4th Edition Ed., Stainer & Bell Ltd. [ISBN: 0852498039]
  • Bean, John, Oldfield, Amelia 2001, Pied Piper, Jessica Kingsely Publishers London [ISBN: 978-1853029943]
  • Bunt, L. and Hoskyns, S. 2002, The Handbook of Music Therapy, Routledge [ISBN: 978-0415157087]
  • Darnley-Smith, R. and Patey, H., 2003, Music Therapy (Creative Therapies in Practice Series), Sage [ISBN: 9780761957775]
  • Storms, G. 1999, 101 Music Games for Children, Hunters House [ISBN: 978-0897931649]
  • Wheeler, Barbara (Editor) 2017, Music Therapy Handbook, The Guildford Press New York [ISBN: 9781462529728]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Andsell, G. & Pavlicevic, M. (ed.s) 2008, Community Music Therapy, Jessica Kingsley [ISBN: 978-1843101246]
  • Brewers, M. 2002, Mike Brewer's Warm-Ups! : the indespensable handbook for singers and choral directors, Faber Music Ltd London [ISBN: 9780571520718]
  • Bruscia, K. ed. 1991, Case Studies in Music Therapy, 1st Ed., Barcelona Publishers [ISBN: 978-0962408014]
  • Bunt, L 1994, Music Therapy: An Art Beyond Words, 1st Ed., Routledge London [ISBN: 978-0415087032]
  • Connors, A.F. 2004, 101 rhythm instrument activities for young children, Gryphon House [ISBN: 9780876592908]
  • Cork City Council 2009, The use of music as a tool for social inclusion - Report, Cork City Council [ISBN: 9780902282124]
  • Everitt, A 1999, Joining In, Gulbenkian Foundation [ISBN: 0903319764]
  • Fitzgerald, Sandy ed. 2004, An Outburst of Frankness: Community Arts in Ireland, New Island Books Ireland [ISBN: 1904301649]
  • Heal, M. Wigram, T. (ed.s) 1993, Music Therapy in Health and Education, 1st Ed., Jessica Kingsley London [ISBN: 978-1853021756]
  • Higgins, Lee 2012, Community Music: In Theory and Practice, 1st Ed., OUP [ISBN: 978-0199777846]
  • Leak, G. 2003, Performance making: a manual for music workshops, Currency Press [ISBN: 0868196738]
  • Moser, Peter and McKay, George ed. 2005, Community Music: A Handbook, Russel House Publishing Ltd. UK [ISBN: 1903855705]
  • Oldfield, A. 2006, Interactive Music Therapy - A Positive Approach, Jessica Kingsley London [ISBN: 978-1843103097]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_GPOPM_8 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Popular Music 4 Elective
CR_GMUSC_8 Bachelor of Music (Honours) 4 Elective

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