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Foundation Course in Music Therapy On Campus 2022


Course Information

October 2022 Onine via Zoom
Duration 20 weeks
Pattern of Delivery 18 x two hour evening classes plus two Saturdays
Start Date 22 October 2022
End Date 18 March 2023
Course Fee


Please note you must first complete & submit an application form here. Places will be allocated and secured upon receipt of a successful application. Courses for Health Professionals, Social Workers, Teachers and others interested in finding out about Art Therapies. The following course is offered on a part-time basis for 20 weeks. The course compromises of two full day workshops and eighteen evening classes all held at Whitelands College.

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Please read the  Short Courses & Professional Development Programmes Contract 2020-21 before submitting payment.

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Course Description

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 on October 22 2022 with weekly evening classes to follow; finishing with a full Plenary Day to close on March 18 2023.

Course timetable and dates

This timetable is provisional - dates and times may be subject to change.

Date Time Title
Introduction to the course
22 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


Experiential improvisations to explore these topics
Workshop 1 – 3
Getting to know each other
26 October 1900-2100 Developing the therapist
1. Personal qualities imagination, intuition, intellect
Self-reflective stance
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
2 November 1900-2100
9 November 1900-2100
Workshop 4 – 9

Key concepts: building relationships, using ourselves, developing trust
16 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)
8. Containment.
9. Transference and Counter-transference
23 November 1900-2100
30 November 1900-2100
7 December 1900-2100
14 December 1900-2100
11 January 1900-2100

Workshop 10 – 18

Client groups, Clinical settings and Group Work
18 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
25 January 1900-2100
1 February 1900-2100
8 February 1900-2100
15 February 1900-2100
22 February 1900-2100
1 March 1900-2100
8 March 1900-2100
15 March 1900-2100


Endings – saying goodbye
18 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.

Looking Ahead
Overview of the trainings in the UK: theoretical differences.
Preparing an application for MA

Summing Up
Group work Pieces /Performances
An opportunity for final questions and discussion
StartEndCourse Fee 
Fee minus deposit
22/10/202218/03/2023£783.00[Read More]
Instalment 1
22/10/202218/03/2023£391.50[Read More]
Instalment 2
22/10/202218/03/2023£391.50[Read More]
22/10/202218/03/2023£392.00[Read More]
Full Fee
22/10/202218/03/2023£1175.00[Read More]

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