Foundation Course in Music Therapy 2019
|Pattern of Delivery||18 x two hour evening classes plus two Saturdays|
|Start Date||26 October 2019|
|End Date||21 March 2020|
The course will provide an overview of music therapy practice in the UK and follow the psychodynamic model as taught on the Roehampton University MA training. Classes will comprise interactive seminars on various aspects of practice and theory (1 – 1&1/4 hours), including video material, followed by workshop/experiential sessions, The workshop segment will introduce the elements of clinical improvisation, whilst the experiential portion will provide a direct experience of group music therapy, the balance between these two elements shifting to the experiential as the course progresses. Participants will be encouraged to keep a personal diary of the course, with particular emphasis on their psychological process in and via the experiential sessions. Reading will be suggested, whilst hand-out essential reading will be provided that anticipates the following week’s seminar topic.
Please note that completion of the Music Therapy Foundation course does not guarantee a place on the MA Music Therapy programme at Roehampton University.
A programme of experiential workshops led by the course facilitators and seminars given by visiting Music Therapists from a wide range of fields. One full-day Induction (Saturday) and introductory workshop to begin the course to be held in October 2019 with weekly evening classes to follow; finishing with a full Plenary Day to close in March 2020.
Course timetable and dates
This timetable is provisional - dates and times may be subject to change.
Introduction to the course
|26 October||1000-1630||Personal introductions and overview of the course. An initial look at some definitions of music therapy with some video illustrations of music therapists’ range of work.
Introduction of BOUNDARIES and the idea of a journey
Introducing the idea of PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
Introducing the REFLECTIVE JOURNAL
Experiential improvisations to explore these topics
|Workshop 1 – 3
Getting to know each other
|30 October||1900-2100||Developing the therapist
1. Personal qualities imagination, intuition, intellect
Observation and listening skills
Introducing the Reflective journal
2. The subjective experience of sound, silence and music. Meaning and self-expression in music, with an emphasis on improvisation and free play.
Developing the musician
The therapist’s toolkit. How we use our own music in our work.
3. Creative use of percussion drawing on musical elements, timbre, texture, etc.
Composing for groups
Improvisation and 'attuning'
Analysing music metaphorically
|Workshop 4 – 9
Key concepts: building relationships, using ourselves, developing trust
|20 November||1900-2100||Introducing the theoretical basis of psychodynamic music therapy
4. The unconscious
5. Secure base, (Bowlby)
6. Reflections on the mother- infant model
Communicating without words – further exploration of the first relationship (Bion) Affect Attunement (Stern)
7. Words, music and free play(Winnicott)
9. Transference and Counter-transference
|Workshop 10 – 18
Client groups, Clinical settings and Group Work
|22 January||1900-2100||10. Learning Disabilities. The significance of Secondary Impairment.
11. Working with children with LD
12. Working with Adults with LD
13. Autism across the age groups.
14. Mental health in adolescents
15. Mental Health in adults
16. Related Clinical Fields: Palliative Care, Head Injury etc.
17. Principles of Groupwork
18. Groups in different settings
Endings – saying goodbye
|21 March||1000-1630||Revisiting development of the therapist
The role of personal development in the life of a therapist: personal therapy, supervision, CPD and self-help. The professional/personal selves of the music therapist.
Taking Risks, New Directions
Reflections from personal journals.
Overview of the trainings in the UK: theoretical differences.
Preparing an application for MA
Group work Pieces /Performances
An opportunity for final questions and discussion
Feedback & Reflections