CTH3300EN - Human, Musical Behavior & Therapy

Course description

This course is designed to provide a foundational understanding of how music can work as a therapeutic tool for human needs. The main purpose of the course is to explore and learn self-musicality and self-musical potential to understand various human responses 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 therapeutic musical responses and processes based on the biblical origin of music, innate musicality, and the brain mechanism. This course introduces many music and musical activities in the various cultures and languages of the students to facilitate peer-reviews, group discussion and therapeutic music portfolio development. Students investigate and introduce detailed examples of how music can work as a therapeutic tool for human needs to share as a foundational understanding resource with professional advisors.

Why this course is important

A fundamental study of the origin of music, human musicality, essential music elements, therapeutic musical activity and music wellness can be useful to gain effective insights and possibilities in therapeutic, educational, missional, as well as performance settings. Moreover, this course provids 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 for 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 a human.