CTH5300EN - Advanced Human, Musical Behavior & Therapy

Course description

This course provides an advanced understanding of how music can work as a therapeutic tool for human needs. The main purpose is to learn and compare human musicality and musical potential mechanism to explain various human responses based on current music therapy research. This course helps to improve the receptive and active music application skills based on therapeutic goals.

How this course benefits students

This course considers the multiple ways to explain and apply therapeutic musical responses and processes based on the biblical origin of music, innate musicality, and the brain mechanism. Current clinical music therapy research is introduced, specifically, the effect of therapeutic music and musical activities’ mechanism on various cultures and settings. This course is designed to encourage and to facilitate peer-reviews, group discussion and therapeutic music and musical activities’ portfolio development. Students develop and introduce detailed examples of how music can work as a therapeutic tool for human needs to share as an advanced understanding resource with current music therapy research articles.

Why this course is important

An advanced understanding of origin of music, human musicality, essential music elements, therapeutic musical activity and music wellness is useful to gain effective and academic insights and possibilities in therapeutic, educational, missional, as well as performance settings. Moreover, this course provides a professional music therapy contexts based on the guideline of the American Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT).

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Creative Therapy
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.
Dr. Eunyoung Grace Han, KCMT (MT-BC), Professor of Creative Arts Therapy

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

‘God created mankind in his own image’ (Genesis 1:27, NIV)’ ‘Praise the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens. Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness. Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre. Praise him with tambourine and dancing, praise him with the strings and flute. Praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord’ (Psalms 150, NIV)

Missionally driven

As a disciple of Jesus, students practice ‘Christlikeness (Romans 8:29)’, ‘Maturity (Philippians 3:12-16)’, and ‘Creation care (1 Samuel 16:23, Acts 3:8,16)’ through understanding the biblical origin of therapeutic music and function by self-exploration of the student's life. The therapeutic ‘Damascus (Acts 26:12)’ experience with therapeutic music process helps to recognize the diverse function of music for Christian and non-Christian through the student's own missional life.

Contextually informed

The course reflects critically, in light of fundamental music elements, on various aspects of music performance, therapeutic music intervention, and the neuro-psychological music process.

Interculturally focused

The focus is upon how music can work as a therapeutic tool for human needs in terms of intercultural perspectives of music and therapeutic musical activities. The inspiration of unique and/or differences of musical behavior helps students understand humans in different cultural settings.

Practically minded

Students resonate musical phenomenon even though music is invisible, and the process is abstract through various evidence-based music and music therapy research.

Experientially transformed

The course is a primer in the integration of biblical music origin and evidence-based musical activities such as music listening, singing, playing and music making within therapeutic music functions based on cognitive, physical, emotional, social, and communication area of human.