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Master of Creative Music Therapy

Approved Abbreviation: MCrMusTh


Western Sydney University Course Code: 1650.2

AQF Level: 9

CRICOS Code: 060978M


Course Status: CURRENT
This version of the course is available to new and continuing students.


Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year for this course is 2018 or later.

Units may be revised or replaced to ensure students are provided with up to date curriculum throughout their studies, and this may result in a new course version. Refer to the Check My Course Progress page in MySR for the most up to date information for your course.

For Commencement Year 2008-2017 - please refer to 1650.1 Master of Creative Music Therapy

The course is offered by the School of Humanities and Communication Arts at Western Sydney University. 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.

  • Director of Academic Program - Associate Professor Sally Macarthur

Study Mode
Two years full-time

Course Advice

NameEmail
Dr Alison ShortenquiriesHCA@westernsydney.edu.au
Prospective students should use the links at the top of the page for general enquiries about this course.

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 or higher in humanities, social science, creative arts, health science, music discipline;

Or

Successfully completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline and a minimum of two years full-time equivalent professional work experience in roles related to music therapy or music teaching or roles in a dance or vocal studio as a repetiteur;

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.

Additional Application Information

Applicants wanting to have professional experience considered as part of the application process are required to submit:

• A curriculum vitae (CV) including:

- Details of a minimum of two years of full-time equivalent professional experience (paid, voluntary or student) in a supportive capacity with people in community, welfare, health, the arts or music settings, including dates and a description of duties.

- Details of training and experience in the respective roles.

• A statement of service or signed letters from employers confirming your role, duties and period of employment.

• A statement detailing how your professional experience prepares you to undertake postgraduate study.

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). Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University. Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

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/

https://westernsydney.uac.edu.au/ws/

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.

Work Integrated Learning

Western Sydney University seeks to enhance student learning experiences by enabling students to engage in the culture, expectations and practices of their profession or discipline. This course includes a placement or other community-based unpaid practical experience.

There is a mandatory work component required for completion of this course. Please contact the Course Advisor listed above for information.

International students should also refer to the 'Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students' website for more information and a link to the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students

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

100910Music Therapy Method

Choose one of (refer to note above)

102800Music Therapy Skills & Practice A
102802Music Therapy Skills & Practice C

Spring session

100912Music Therapy Theory and Practice 1

Choose one of (refer to note above)

102801Music Therapy Skills & Practice B
102803Music Therapy Skills & Practice D

Year 2

Autumn session

100914Music Therapy Theory and Practice 2

Choose one of (refer to note above)

102800Music Therapy Skills & Practice A
102802Music Therapy Skills & Practice C

Spring session

100911Music Therapy Professional Practice

Choose one of (refer to note above)

102801Music Therapy Skills & Practice B
102803Music Therapy Skills & Practice D

Equivalent Units

The units listed below count towards completion of this course for students who passed these units in Autumn 2020 or earlier.

101443 - Creative Music Therapy Practicum 1

101444 - Creative Music Therapy Practicum 2

101445 - Music Therapy Skills 1

101446 - Music Therapy Skills 2



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