Course

Master of Creative Music Therapy

Approved Abbreviation: MCrMusTh


Western Sydney University Course Code: 1650.1

AQF Level: 9

CRICOS Code: 060978M


Course Status: CONTINUING
This version of the course is available only to continuing or completing students.


The course is offered by the School of Communication Arts at Western Sydney University in partnership with Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy Australia Ltd. This course provides an excellent opportunity for graduates to enter the field of music therapy. The course assumes an appropriate level of musical competency and experience when the student is admitted, and seeks to build on this in developing music therapy practitioners. The aim of the course is to train musicians in the specialisation of Creative Music Therapy.

Study Mode
Two years full-time

Course Advice

NameEmail
Dr Alison ShortenquiriesHCA@westernsydney.edu.au

Location

CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
Penrith CampusFull TimeInternal See above

Accreditation
The Master of Creative Music Therapy is accredited with the Australian Music Therapy Association (AMTA). Graduates of the course are eligible to apply for Registration (RMT) with the AMTA which qualifies them to practice professionally.

Admission

Applicants must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline

and

Must attend an audition.

Audition:

You will be selected on an interview/audition in which personal aptitude and professional experience are taken into consideration. At your audition you will be asked to:

a) play two contrasting pieces on your first instrument, or if you are a vocalist, sing two contrasting pieces;

b) play a piece on your second instrument;

c) sight read a melody (instrumental and vocal);

d) harmonise a melody on the piano or other western polyphonic instrument;

e) improvise three simple variations on the piano or other western polyphonic instrument, on a given theme;

f) perform a free improvisation based on a given subject/theme, on the piano or an instrument of your choice. The improvisation should preferably be atonal.

Note: The piano must be included in a) or b).

Applicants who are unable to attend the audition in person will undertake a remote audio-visual audition (see b, c, d, e, and f. above.) Prior to the remote audition, these applicants should submit a DVD demonstrating musical proficiency (see a. above) - play two contrasting pieces on your first instrument, or if you are a vocalist, sing two contrasting pieces) and an essay of 1,500 words, describing their knowledge of Creative Music Therapy and why they wish to study it. The essay should include at least 4 references and use APA format.

For further information, contact the Course Advisor.

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

http://www.uac.edu.au/

International applicants must apply directly to Western Sydney University via the International Office.

International students applying to The University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website.

International Office

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 120 credit points including the units listed below.

Note:

The Music Therapy Skills and the Creative Music Therapy Practicum units are offered on a rotating two-year cycle and students enrol depending on which units are being offered in the current year. Intending applicants should check with the Course Advisor prior to commencement if they have any queries regarding the cycle of unit offerings.

Year 1

Autumn session

100910.3Music Therapy Method

Choose one of (refer to note above)

101445.4Music Therapy Skills 1
101446.6Music Therapy Skills 2

Spring session

100912.4Music Therapy Theory and Practice 1

Choose one of (refer to note above)

101443.5Creative Music Therapy Practicum 1
101444.5Creative Music Therapy Practicum 2

Year 2

Autumn session

100914.5Music Therapy Theory and Practice 2

Choose one of (refer to note above)

101445.4Music Therapy Skills 1
101446.6Music Therapy Skills 2

Spring session

100911.5Music Therapy Professional Practice

Choose one of (refer to note above)

101443.5Creative Music Therapy Practicum 1
101444.5Creative Music Therapy Practicum 2


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