Do you want to become a music therapist? The part-time MA Music Therapy course provides students with a unique opportunity to develop the skills necessary to become a Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) qualified music therapist.
This highly experiential course, with a psychodynamic underpinning to its theoretical basis, provides students with training comprising of theoretical, clinical and musical experiences. It also investigates attachment theory, ensuring you develop your own therapeutic persona throughout the three years of the course.
Clinical placements are at the heart of your music therapy training. Additionally, you will explore group psychodynamic processes and relate them to clinical practice, as well as working alongside trainee Art Psychotherapists to boost your learning experience.
Year One: MA Music Therapy
In your first year of the Music Therapy training, you will be provided with a strong grounding in human development and observational skills that will inform the rest of your studies. An infant/child observation will equip you with practical experience to link theory with practice. You will benefit from the use of the bespoke facilities on campus to support your learning and further develop your therapeutic music skills. Experiential groups, supervision groups and other course components such talks and discussions will provide an insight into the principles, practices and application of Music Therapy.
- Theory and Practice of Music Therapy
This module covers infant or child observation; seminars and workshops with highly experiential and participatory content relating to study of theories and concepts relevant to Music Therapy practice and the arts therapies in general; the study of a range of client groups; verbal experiential groups and group supervision.
- Music Therapy Skills 1
This module covers the development of music therapy specific skills; role play and repertoire development.
Year Two: MA Music Therapy
In the second year of your training you will begin to explore evidence based Music Therapy practice and therapeutic approaches to meet the needs of diverse populations and client groups and settings. You will further develop your specialist Music Therapy skills and continue to learn through experiential group, supervision groups, workshops, lectures, show cases and participatory teaching.
- Therapeutic Approaches and Evidence Based Practice
This module incorporates lectures, seminars and workshops pertaining to specialist Music Therapy practice. There will be group supervision; verbal experiential groups and an introduction to research methods
You will also undertake a placement for one-day a week for 20 weeks in a University-approved clinical setting.
- Music Therapy Skills 2
This modules incorporates an micronanalysis of clinical music therapy and the development of further specialist music therapy skills.
Year Three: MA Music Therapy
In the third and final year of your studies, you will continue to learn and increasingly facilitate peer learning through group supervision, experiential groups and practice-based research. You will undertake the preparation of a research proposal with associated ethics approval and give a short presentation to your peers and tutors with a Q&A. Support is provided through tutorials, peer discussion and presentations.
- Music Therapy Research and Practice
This module incorporates research methods and a final project; croup supervision and modality specific experiential groups; seminars and lectures with a focus on specialist Music Therapy practice and research plus a one-day a week for 20 weeks placement in a University-approved clinical setting.
Please note: it is a course requirement that you are personal therapy for the duration of the music therapy course.
The Music Therapy Masters is taught through classroom teaching, presentations, clinical placement, professional development, research proposal, and self-directed and independent study.
Year One: One day per week at university, a Monday; in the second semester (January or possibly early December), this will change to one day at university and one day at placement. There are 15 weeks of one-day-a-week placement.
Year Two: One day at university, a Tuesday, and one day at placement. The placement is for 20 weeks.
Year Three: One day at placement for 20 weeks and one day on campus, a Wednesday
The music therapy training is for those who wish to qualify as an Allied Health Professional, registered with the HCPC and therefore entitled to use the job protected title Music Therapist. Graduates are able to practise as music therapists in a variety of settings. They can work in the NHS or arts-based settings, charities or other Third Sector bases. Our alumni work in colleges for students with learning disabilities, mainstream and special schools, statutory and Third Sector bodies or set up their own business as a music therapist.