CTH3310EN - Introduction to Music Therapy

Course description

This course is designed to introduce clinical music therapy in various settings based on therapeutic goals. The main purpose of the course is to explain a historical perspective of music therapy, defining music therapy, attributes of a music therapist, introduction to receptive and expressive music therapy, music psychotherapy, neurological music therapy, singing therapy and so on.

How this course benefits students

This course considers the multiple ways to introduce the field of music therapy including the definition of music therapy, education and training of music therapists and theoretical music therapy frameworks based on behavioral, psychosocial, cognitive, holistic, humanistic, existential, neuroscience, psychodynamic and biblical approaches. This course helps to understand therapeutic musical activities in the various cultures and languages participating peer-reviews, group discussion and therapeutic music portfolio development. Students investigate and introduce examples of how music can work as a therapeutic tool for human needs in various setting to improve cultural perspectives and implementation. In addition, this course is focused on how professional development and responsibilities can improve a music therapy student with therapeutic goals.

Why this course is important

This course addresses a fundamental music therapy concept of historical perspectives, music therapist as a profession and theoretical frameworks in school, hospital, community, and local church can be useful to gain the effective insights and possibilities in therapeutic, educational, missional, as well as performance settings. Moreover, this course provides 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
Bachelor
Learning type
Instructional
Prerequisites
None
Upcoming terms
Pending
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.
Professor
Dr. Eunyoung Grace Han, KCMT (MT-BC), Professor of Creative Arts Therapy

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

‘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 music therapy based on historical perspectives, music therapist as a profession and theoretical frameworks to apply to the student's life in school, hospital, community, and local church. The therapeutic ‘Damascus (Acts 26:12)’ experience of self with the therapeutic music process helps to recognize the diverse function of music for Christian and non-Christian in the student's own missional life.

Contextually informed

The course reflects critically, in light of theoretical music therapy frameworks based on behavioral, psychosocial, cognitive, holistic, humanistic, existential, neuroscience, psychodynamic and biblical approaches to apply to various aspects of music performance, therapeutic music intervention, educational and biblical musical activities.

Interculturally focused

The focus is upon how music therapy works 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 intervention helps to understand humans in different cultural settings.

Practically minded

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

Experientially transformed

The course is a primer for the integration of biblical music origin and therapeutic musical intervention based on the historical perspective of music therapy, defining music therapy, attributes of a music therapist, introduction to receptive and expressive music therapy, music psychotherapy, neurological music therapy, singing therapy and so on.