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Music Therapy

Why study at Roehampton

  • Students have access to work placements with an existing music therapist.
  • Excellent pastoral and tutorial support.
  • All music therapy course staff have their own current clinical work, meaning that they are embedded in current practice and clinical thinking. The staff team are involved in writing and researching and have a high profile within the UK music therapy profession.

This course provides you with professional training in music therapy, approved by the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC).

 

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Essential to music therapy is the relationship between client and therapist. At Roehampton we have chosen to base our Music Therapy training programme on the use of psychoanalytical ideas to inform our understanding of the therapy process and the ways the client uses the environment, the therapist and the music. The course emphasises the emotional development of the student practitioner together with clinical exploration through critical enquiry.

Music therapy as practised in Great Britain is almost entirely based on improvisation - the music being the shared, spontaneous creation of client and therapist. Essential to music therapy is the relationship between client and therapist. At Roehampton, we have chosen to base our Music Therapy training programme on the use of psychoanalytical ideas to inform our understanding of the therapy process and the ways the client uses the environment, the therapist and the music.

The course emphasises the emotional development of the student practitioner together with clinical exploration through critical enquiry. The practitioner is constantly observing on an intuitive and empirical level, and forming initial hypotheses that are then tested for their validity in the light of clinical evidence.

Please read the specific entry requirements for this programme.

Who is this course aimed at?

The Music Therapy masters degree is designed to train musicians to be therapists with the ability and flexibility to practice within the NHS, Social Services, education or private sector. On completion of the training, graduates are eligible to apply to the HCPC for registration.

If you are not sure that you are ready to embark on a full masters' degree we also offer introductory courses that provide a useful background to those working in related professions or anyone simply wishing to find out more about the work. No particular level of musical competence is required.

Key areas of study

  • clinical context for music therapy
  • music studies: clinical improvisation
  • infant observation
  • music therapy theory
  • clinical case work and supervision
  • personal therapy
  • introduction to research
  • dissertation.

Research areas

The course has links with a variety of research centres within the University. Staff who teach on the course are active researchers with strong publication records within the field.

Example modules

  • Music Therapy Theory and Practice 1 and 2.
  • Observational studies.
  • Research methods and portfolio.

Career options

This is a clinical training course for a career as a music therapist.

Level

Postgraduate

MA

Number of credits

MA: 240

Specific entry requirements »

Postgraduate entry requirements »

Department

Psychology »

Duration

2 years (full-time); 3-4 years (part-time)

Programme start

September

Tuition fees

Band 1 »

Programme outline

View the full details »

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MA Play Therapy »

MA Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy »

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Further information

Tessa Watson (Wednesday)
tessa.watson@roehampton.ac.uk »
+44 (0)208 392 3423

Contact our Enquiries team
enquiries@roehampton.ac.uk »
+44 (0)20 8392 3232

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