About this Course
Did you ever wonder how music works? This course provides free video, audio and journal resources that explain six basic principles about how music can influence individual and community health and wellbeing. From biology and neuroscience, to psychotherapy and politics, the ways we engage with music can make all the difference. Music has always played an integral role in the lives of individuals and communities all around the globe. This course explores the ways that music can be used to achieve positive changes with a particular emphasis on the most vulnerable persons. Six different understandings will be explored, each with their own set of values and assumptions. The greatest thinkers in each approach believe that their way of explaining the power of music is right, but we will show that understanding music in its entirety delivers the best results in each unique circumstance. Once we understand the various ways that music can change the world, we can make informed decisions about how best to employ its extraordinary power. Learners who engage in this MOOC can expect to both deepen and broaden their understanding of how music can be used with individuals, groups and communities. Specifically: • To distinguish between how music works on the body, in the brain, through the unconscious, for bonding, as political action and in reflecting culture, • To design practical programs that utilise music to support individuals, groups and communities based on examples shared in the ‘on-site’ case studies. View the MOOC promotional video here: http://tinyurl.com/jnde3w3
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Beginner Level

Beginner Level

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Approx. 20 hours to complete

Suggested: 6 weeks of study, 3-4 hours/week
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English

Subtitles: English
Globe

100% online course

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Clock

Approx. 20 hours to complete

Suggested: 6 weeks of study, 3-4 hours/week
Comment Dots

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

1

Section
Clock
4 hours to complete

How can music influence the body to support fitness and rehabilitation?

Music has been used throughout history and across cultures to influence the body, but only in recent decades have researchers been able to examine how it is processed through the brain. These recent discoveries explain the relationship between features of music like rhythm, and improvements in physical health, particularly in rehabilitation. They also explain why people with Alzheimer’s disease remember all of the words to songs but can’t have a clear conversation. In this unit we hear and see how music has been used, often by qualified music therapists working in hospitals, to influence the body and support fitness and rehabilitation. ...
Reading
9 videos (Total 61 min), 5 readings, 1 quiz
Video9 videos
Unit 1 introduction - part 1of 26m
Unit 1 introduction - part 2 of 28m
Neuroscience perspective - introduction1m
Neuroscience perspective8m
Introducing Dr Patsy Tan4m
Working in hospitals9m
Live and recorded music8m
The art of offering music to patients7m
Reading5 readings
Course overview10m
Start of course survey10m
Podcast by Dr Wendy Magee35m
Journal articles by Imogen Clarke, Jeanette Tamplin and Julian Winn O'Kelly0m
Design a program to achieve a physical health outcome45m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Unit 1 - worth 10% of your final grade20m

2

Section
Clock
4 hours to complete

How can music motivate the mind to promote academic achievement?

How much music is included in schools varies significantly, between countries and even around the corner. Learning music can happen in classrooms and through individual lessons. It can also be used to promote wellbeing and foster inclusion of diverse students. Researchers have investigated whether learning music results in higher achievement in other cognitive, social and psychological domains. In this unit we showcase some of that research and carefully consider what kinds of musical experiences are needed to achieve the different goals....
Reading
7 videos (Total 50 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
Video7 videos
Unit 2 introduction - part 2 of 25m
Cognitive psychology - introduction1m
Cognitive psychology perspective9m
Introducing Professor Gary McPherson3m
How music motivates the mind - part 1 of 212m
How music motivates the mind - part 2 of 212m
Reading3 readings
Podcast by Dr Daphne Rickson35m
Journal articles by Susan Hallam and Alex Crooke0m
Design a program to achieve a personal learning outcome45m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Unit 2 - worth 10% of your overall grade20m

3

Section
Clock
4 hours to complete

How can music reflect the psyche to improve mental health?

Music can be a powerful way to explore and comprehend our deepest emotions. When used in psychoanalysis, this can lead to rich experiences that may even reveal aspects of our unconscious world that can be processed within the safety of the therapeutic relationship. Within the field of music therapy, practitioners often debate the relative merits of free improvisation on instruments in comparison to using the preferred songs of clients in therapy. Both afford opportunities to deepen our understanding of ourselves and our relationships to others, and music more generally can be used as a health resource that travels with us as we recover from being acutely unwell and continue the journey of life....
Reading
9 videos (Total 67 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
Video9 videos
Unit 3 introduction - part 2 of 25m
Psychodynamic therapy perspective - introduction1m
Psychodynamic therapy perspective9m
Introducing Benedikte Scheiby1m
The work of Mary Priestley6m
Individual music therapy11m
Music and emotions7m
Research and theoretical foundations14m
Reading3 readings
Podcast by A/Prof Randi Rolvsjord27m
Journal articles by Jinah Kim and Laura Medcalf0m
Design a program in order to explore a personal issue45m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Unit 3 - worth 10% of your overall grade20m

4

Section
Clock
4 hours to complete

How can music foster intimacy to strengthen relationships?

Have you ever used music to try and improve a relationship in your life? Playing the right background music is one thing, but what about singing with another person, or improvising on musical instruments in responsive and caring ways. Listening is the key to intimacy in any relationship and music can be the perfect vehicle to explore listening in new ways. We explore intimacy between parents and infants, therapists and clients and the ways that music therapists engage in musicking with people to build relationships that help....
Reading
6 videos (Total 57 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
Video6 videos
Unit 4 introduction - part 2 of 26m
Communicative musicality perspective10m
Introducing Dr Stephen Malloch12m
We are all musical12m
Being present in music9m
Reading3 readings
Podcast by Mercedes Pavlicevic28m
Journal articles by Helen Shoemark and Elizabeth McLean0m
Design a program to strengthen a personal relationship45m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Unit 4 - worth 10% of your overall grade20m

5

Section
Clock
4 hours to complete

How can music enhance connectedness to support communities?

Is the power of music strongest when used by groups and communities? Music has often been used by groups of people to express their shared beliefs, but it can be just as powerful when we connect musically with people whose beliefs and backgrounds are different. When we sing in choirs and dance in groups, a sense of community can be fostered that transcends differences and highlights those things that we share. But music has also been used to encourage one group to fight against another group of people, so using music requires careful consideration of power and privilege to ensure that change is for the greater good....
Reading
7 videos (Total 49 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
Video7 videos
Unit 5 introduction - part 2 of 29m
Music and community with a Norwegian rock band10m
Introducing Dr Gary Ansdell2m
Inviting people into music9m
Fostering musical togetherness6m
What is musicking?5m
Reading3 readings
Podcast with Andeline dos Santos33m
Journal articles by Meg Stelle and Elly Scrine0m
Design a program that supports a community group0m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Unit 5 - worth 10% of your overall grade20m

6

Section
Clock
4 hours to complete

How can music express culture and honour our diverse societies?

Each of us belongs to a range of culture and subcultures, including our ethnic heritage, our gender and sexuality, our abilities and ages. Many of us live in diverse neighbourhoods and cities where it is not enough to be culturally tolerant - we need to be culturally curious and engaged. Music is a powerful way of honouring diversity in culture and has been used to transcend differences and come together as many voices singing one song. We explore how important it is to be aware of our own power and privilege when musicking with people from cultures other than our own. ...
Reading
7 videos (Total 48 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
Video7 videos
Unit 6 introduction - part 2 of 24m
Cultural studies perspective introduction0m
Cultural studies perspective13m
Introducing Richard Frankland5m
Music and voice10m
Music as teacher7m
Reading3 readings
Podcast by Seung-A Kim26m
Journal articles by Carolyn Kenny and Sally Treloyn0m
Design a program that expresses your cultural identity45m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Unit 6 - worth 10% of your overall grade20m

7

Section
Clock
2 hours to complete

Course wrap-up

We finish up the course this week with some closing remarks and a final assignment for you to undertake. We've also included some bonus podcasts and an interview for those who are interested. ...
Reading
2 videos (Total 6 min), 5 readings, 1 quiz
Video2 videos
Interview with Mirza Arfina4m
Reading5 readings
Where to from here?10m
Acknowledgements10m
End of course survey10m
Bonus podcasts with Dr Dowrick and Professor Stige10m
Academic integrity10m
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Briefcase

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got a tangible career benefit from this course

Top Reviews

By LYFeb 4th 2018

wonderfully insightful and completely inspiring! I gained so much from the course and am excited to apply why I have learned in my work context!

By RKFeb 1st 2018

A broad view on how music can benefit the wellbeing of people, through different angles. Clearly, professional, enthousiastic and inspiring!

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About The University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne is an internationally recognised research intensive University with a strong tradition of excellence in teaching, research, and community engagement. Established in 1853, it is Australia's second oldest University....

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