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Whether you wish to establish a business providing music therapy services yourself, know someone who is going planning to visit a music therapist and want understand what is involved, or are a musician who wishes to move into the therapy industry, the Music Therapy Course is for you.

What is Music Therapy?

Music therapy makes use of music in order to address the various spiritual, physical, cognitive, social, and emotional issues of individuals belonging to all age groups. Think about how different music makes you feel mentally, emotionally, and physically. You may use up-tempo music for exercise, classical music to study to, and calming, soothing music to mediate to.

With this in mind you can start to understand how it can be used to in therapeutic manner to aid someone suffering with specific issues. It goes far beyond this, however, as the very nature of music therapy can help with socialization, managing stress levels, expressing feelings in a way that may make more sense to the individual, and so much more.

What You'll Learn from the Music Therapy Course

This course guides you through 9 comprehensive modules:

  1. What is Music Therapy?
  2. Models of and Approaches to Music Therapy
  3. Some Interventions for Music Therapy
  4. Music Therapy for Mental Health
  5. Music Therapy for Autistic Children
  6. Research in Music Therapy
  7. Music Therapy and General Medicine
  8. Real Life Experiences and Cases
  9. Course Overview

Although very briefly explained above, the materials in the Music Therapy Course begins by giving an in-depth explain of what music therapy is, what music therapists do and how they do it. This also includes how it is used, and who and what it can help people with (such as aiding those with depression, anxiety, dementia, insomnia and autism, to name but a few), as well as giving a brief history of the practice. Here students are guided through an exercise that with help them to understand what it is like for a client undergoing music therapy; giving a practical, first hand experience.

The second module of the Music Therapy Course jumps straight into guiding students through the various models of music therapy and the different approaches that people in the profession take. This shows the breadth of what music therapy can treat by utilising varying techniques, depending on the client and their condition. As music therapy has deep historical roots, the module goes on to discuss the contemporary frameworks and the different types of music used in order to treat various conditions.

This type of treatment is less rigid than some and it is the job of the music therapist to adapt to individual clients and what they respond to, this module discusses the importance of flexibility in this role. Also discussed here are song writing, and how this can be useful, sample activities that students can try out, and the use of improvisation in music therapy.

The fourth module of the Music Therapy Course talks about the different mental health and behavioural issues that music therapy can be used to treat, and lists the advantages of using this therapy for treatment. Module 5 is dedicated solely to the use of music therapy in the treatment of Autism.

As previously mentioned, music therapy has been around for a very long time. This said, there is still a lot of current research going on in this area. Module 6 discusses this research and outlines the importance of this and how the future of this treatment may look.

Continuing to talk about research, module 7 of the course talks about the use of music therapy in the relief of pain and the research that has taken place in this area.

As a general refresh, the final module of the Music Therapy Course provides a small summary of each module and provides some next steps that students can take on the journey to becoming a music therapist.

Who Would Benefit from the Course?

The Music Therapy Course is ideal for those who are interested in a career in music therapy, but are unsure if they want to commit themselves to financially and time-wise to a full Music Therapist qualification.

It is an excellent starting point for those who wish to start their own business in providing music therapy services to clients. It is also a useful source of information for those who are planning to see a music therapist themselves, or knows someone already who is, and would like to understand more about this area.

The course will be of particular interest to musicians who want to are interested in beginning a rewarding career in music therapy or even working in this area alongside other commitments. Therapists, psychologists, teachers, counsellors, coaches, carers, nurses, and social workers will also all benefit from this course, providing they have a background in music.

Music Therapist as a Career

To work as a registered Music Therapist, you must be registered with the Health and Care Professions council (HCPC). You can only register if you have completed a master’s qualification accredited by the British Association for Music Therapy (BAMT) and recognised by the HCPC.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Music Therapy Course will take you up to 150 hours to complete working from home. There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace. The course comes with a course assessment in the form of quizzes, written questions and short essays, once you have completed your course assessment please email or post it back to us for marking, you will then receive your feedback and certificates.

This course is registered with the CMA (Complementary Medical Association), which is internationally recognised as the elite force in professional, ethical complementary medicine by professional practitioners, doctors and, increasingly, by the general public. Upon completion of the course you can gain membership to the CMA, which in addition to supplying a professional accreditation, offers a number of benefits, all of which can be found here.

This course also is certified by the IANLPC (International Association of NLP & Coaching) and the IAHT (International Alliance of Holistic Therapists), both of which are internationally recognised organisations. The IAHT certify personal development, health, fitness and nutrition courses. The IANLPC is a global support network for NLP Professionals and coaches, including the fields of Life Coaching, Hypnotherapy Business Coaching, Leadership, Nutritional, CBT, Personal Development and Holistic Therapy.

Course Syllabus

1: What is Music Therapy?

  • What Does Music Therapy Mean?
    • What Do Music Therapists Actually Do?
    • As A Music Therapist, Where Will I Be Working?
  • Listening Exercise
  • A Short History of Music Therapy
  • What is Music Therapy Used for Today?
    • Autism
    • Dementia
    • Depression
    • Infant Development
    • Sleep Quality
  • What You Will Learn in This Course?
  • Summary
  • Course Assessment

Module 2: Models of and Approaches to Music Therapy

  • 1-2-1 Music Therapy
  • Kinds of Music Therapy
    • Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music
    • Dalcroze Eurhythmics
    • Nordoff-Robbins
    • Orff-Schulwerk
  • Contemporary Frameworks of Music Therapy
  • What Kind of Music can be used for Therapy?
    • Blues
    • Punk and Rock
    • Reggae
    • Mainstream Music
    • Classical Music
    • Hip Hop and Rap
    • Heavy Metal
    • Country Music
    • New Age
  • Summary
  • Course Assessment

Module 3: Some Interventions for Music Therapy

  • Music Does Not Have to Be Rigid
  • Importance of Flexibility
    • Flexibility of time
    • Musical Flexibility
    • Flexibility of Expectations
  • What to Do When Clients Don’t Respond
  • Songwriting and Methods
    • Song Writing in Music Therapy
    • Mad Libs
    • Fill in the blank
    • Re-writing a song
    • Song Collage
    • Goodbye songs
    • Vocal/instrumental improvisation
    • Creating a new Song
    • A means of expression
    • Validate and alleviate
    • Be successful
  • How to Know That Songwriting is Working with Your Clients?
  • Improvisation
    • Improvisations Methodology
    • Instrumental Referential
    • Instrumental non-referential
    • Song improvisation
    • Vocal non-referential
    • Body improvisations
    • Mixed Media
  • Music Therapy Group Improvisations
    • Playing spontaneously
    • Listening to music of others
    • Playing in a communicative way
    • Flexibility in playing
  • Why Improvisation?
    • Music Improvisation Is Different When Compared To Words
    • Improvisations Create an Individual Profile
    • An Interactive Entity
  • Improvisation Music Therapy Activities
    • Drumming
    • Rapping
    • Rainstorm
  • Summary
  • Course Assessment

Module 4: Music Therapy for Mental Health

  • Mental Health Issues
  • Why is Music Therapy a Good Idea?
    • Core function of the brain
    • Entraining to rhythm
    • Physiological responses to music
    • Emotional responses to music
    • Improvement of attention skills
    • Shared neural circuits as speech
    • Response from infants and children
    • Music enhances learning
    • Music stimulates memory
    • Music as a safe and organised form of therapy
    • What kinds of mental health issues can be treated?
  • Other Behavioural Issues
    • Socialized aggression
    • Oppositional defiant disorder
    • Anxiety-Withdrawal
    • Motor excesses
    • Conduct disorder
    • Immaturity and Attention problems
    • Externalizing and Internalizing Disorders
    • Emotional Behavioural Disorder
    • Anxiety
    • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
    • Music Therapy for Behavioural Issues
    • Self-Concept and Self-esteem
    • Verbal and Non-Verbal Communication
    • Social Interaction
    • Improvement of Social Behaviours
    • Academic Growth
    • Relaxation and Relief from Anxiety
  • Summary
  • Course Assessment

Module 5: Music Therapy for Autistic Children

  • An Overview of Autism
  • Symptom
  • The Science Behind Autism
  • How to Use Music Therapy for Autistic Patients?
  • Summary
  • Course Assessment

Module 6: Research in Music Therapy

  • Why Is Research in this Area Important?
  • Some Outstanding Research
  • Future of Music Therapy
    • For the Therapist
    • Lack of Insurance Coverage
    • Surge in Alternative Medicine
    • Group Settings
    • In medicine
  • Summary
  • Course Assessment

Module 7: Music Therapy and General Medicine

  • Music Therapy for Pain Relief
    • Music Therapy and Pain Management
    • Music Therapy and Acute Pain
    • Music Therapy and Chronic Pain
  • Success Stories for Pain Relief
    • Pain relief for cancer treatment
    • Pain relief from cardiac illness
    • Pain relief during childbirth
    • Pain relief from spinal surgery
  • Existing Research
  • Summary
  • Course Assessment

Module 8: Real Life Experiences and Cases

  • Introduction
  • Case Studies
  • Music Therapy with Adolescents
    • How does Music Therapy Help Adolescents?
    • What happens in a session?
    • The Case
  • Music Therapy for People with Learning Disabilities
    • How does Music Therapy help?
    • Reasons for Referral
    • Communication issues
    • Emotional difficulties
    • Relationship issues
    • The Case
  • Music Therapy for Dementia
    • How does Music Therapy Help People with Dementia?
    • What happens in a session?
    • Reasons for referral
    • Benefits of Music Therapy
    • The Case
  • Music Therapy and Neuro-Disability
    • How Does Music Therapy Help a Person Living with Neuro-Disability?
    • Reasons for Referral
    • Benefits of Music Therapy
    • The Case
  • Music Therapy for people on the Autism Spectrum
    • How can music therapy help people on the autism spectrum?
    • Social interaction
    • Communication
    • Imagination
    • Reasons for referral
    • Benefits of music therapy
    • The case
  • Summary
  • Course Assessment

Module 9: Course Overview

  • What We Learnt
  • Next Steps

Our courses include comprehensive support, should you require any assistance. You can contact our friendly course advisers by telephone or by email.

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Continued Learning

All course delegates are welcome to attend our regular, ongoing learning and inspirational events. We also hold regular inspirational events in Manchester and London for all students studying any of our courses. The events are a great way to watch live demonstrations of different techniques, learn new skills, have a practice with other students and to meet your tutors. Once you've signed up for any of our courses you will receive details of our different monthly events via email. If you cannot attend our events you can watch a live streaming of the event on our tv channel.

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