Music 305

MUSC305: Music with the Disabled

Credit Hours: (3)

Application of music as therapy with the major disability categories: serves as a preparation for music therapy clinical practicum requirements.

Detailed Description of Content of Course

The purpose of this course is to establish a working relationship with the major disability areas, their characteristics and symptoms with traditional music therapy applications. These music therapy applications are researched from texts, journals and in class projects. The structure works toward a knowledge base for future core courses in music therapy. Course contents include:

Discussion of basic music therapy treatment approaches for each of the following major disability areas:

• Children and Adults with Intellectual Disabling Conditions
• Individuals with Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorders
• Elderly Populations
• Behavior and Emotional Disorders
• Correctional Psychiatry
• Neurologic Rehabilitation
• Medicine and Wellbeing
• Hospice and Palliative Care
• Sensory Disorders
• Special Education
• Substance Abuse/Addiction

Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

An informal approach emphasizing lecture and discussion will be employed. Information will include population characteristics, music therapy techniques, and foundational research as applied to various populations.

Goals and Objectives

At the conclusion of the course, the student will:

• Demonstrate a working relationship between disability areas and music therapy techniques.
• Demonstrate fundamental research skills.

Assessment Measures

Graded assignments will include exams, written paper and assignments and participation and attendance.

Other Course Information


Review and Approval

Revised 2013

Revised April, 2009