Content of Studies

Programme Structure

The Master's Degree Programme in Music Therapy (MT) consists of 120 ECTS credits and requires two academic years of full-time study.

Curriculum 2014-2016

 

Core Courses

Specialization Topics

Thesis


Core Courses (65 ECTS)

Music Psychotherapy (5 ECTS)


After completing the course, the student is able to:

  • describe the theoretical foundation of psychodynamic music psychotherapy understand and apply methods and techniques of psychodynamic music psychotherapy
  • understand the clinical settings of psychodynamic music psychotherapy
  • understand psychodynamic music psychotherapy as a process
  • understand psychodynamic music psychotherapy in focus of research activities
  • apply this knowledge to clinical assessment and evaluation in music psychotherapy

Music therapy in Medicine and as Rehabilitation I (5 ECTS)

  • understand possibilities of music therapy within medical contexts and as a form of rehabilitation with different target groups
  • describe central concepts on music induced brain activity and pathological brain functioning as related to musical experiences and performance
  • understand benefits of musical activities and sound vibration as part of treatment and rehabilitation

Perspectives on Psychiatry and Psychotherapy (5 ECTS)

After completing the course the student is able to:

  • describe central psychiatric disorders and their treatment practices
  • describe theoretical backgrounds and clinical practices of the central psychotherapy orientations and approaches

Music Psychology I (5 ECTS)

After completing the course, the student is able to:

  • describe psychological processes related to areas such as musical skill development, musical preferences, music and personality, music and movement, music and emotion, and the social psychology of music
  • critically evaluate, compare, and summarize various theoretical propositions and empirical studies related to psychological and social aspects of musical behavior

Sound Processing I (5 ECTS)

After completing the course the student is able to:

  • understand basic theoretical issues related to digital sound, including MIDI, sequencer, notation, digital sound recording and editing, sound analysis, synthesis and manipulation
  • apply this knowledge in various areas of sound processing
  • create objects of digital music for artistic, educational or research purposes

Clinical Training I (10 ECTS)

After completing the course the student is able to:

  • understand music psychotherapy clinical methods and techniques as based on self-experience
  • understand the possibilities of music psychotherapy as a tool for self- knowledge and personal growth
Clinical Training II (10 ECTS)

After completing the course the student is able to:

  • formulate the goals of a therapeutic process
  • apply music therapy to clinical practice
  • analyse and assess what is happening in the therapy and to document it
  • utilise clinical supervision as a tool for professional growth and development

Research Methods (5+5 ECTS)

After completing the course, the student is able to:

  • list and describe relevant research strategies, data collection methods, and data analysis methods for conducting empirical research in the field of music, mind, and technology
  • critically evaluate the adequacy, reliability, and validity of various research methods in exploring different types of research questions
  • apply appropriate methods in conducting small data collection and data analysis tasks

Seminar (5+5 ECTS)

After completing the course the student is able to:

  • understand the requirements for the planning, executing, and reporting of a scientific research project
  • understand the basic principles of academic writing
  • critically evaluate strengths and weaknesses of research projects
  • communicate research findings both orally and in writing

Specialization Topics (10 ECTS)

Specialization Topic I (5 ECTS)

Specialization Topic II (5 ECTS)

Studies for example on:

  • Music, culture and cognition (10 ECTS)
  • Music Perception I (5 ECTS)
  • SoundProcessing II (5 ECTS)
  • Music Psychology II (5 ECTS)
  • Developmental Psychology of Music (5 ECTS)
  • Music Information Retrieval (MIR) (10 ECTS)
  • or other equivalent course relevant to student’s study plan

Thesis (40 ECTS)

After completing the Master’s thesis the student is able to:

  • plan and execute a personal research project
  • synthesize and critically evaluate pertinent literature report a research project
  • critically evaluate the results

Optional Studies (5 ECTS)

(will be discussed and defined in the personal study plan)

  • Clinical Supervision
  • Practicum in music therapy and education
  • Advanced skills in music therapy field
  • Developing music therapy practices