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Undergraduate Music Therapy

MUS L153 Introduction to Music Therapy. 3 credits.  An overview of the field of music therapy, an introduction to the history and principles of music therapy, to different therapy models and techniques, and to the many populations served by the discipline. This course is open to all students and professions interested in learning more about the field.

MUS L253 Music Therapy Observation Practicum. 1 credit. Observation of professional music, recreation, and occupational therapy groups in a variety of settings with client populations of varying needs.

MUS L254 Music Therapy Practicum I. 1 credit. P: L253, X298. Supervised field experience co-facilitating sessions for special populations in the community. In addition to clinical work, students attend an on-campus seminar. Minimum of one hour of client contact per week. Liability insurance required.

MUS X298 Music Therapy Pre-Practicum Exam. 0 credits. P: L253, application to the IUPUI Music Therapy Practicum Program, permission of the director of music therapy, successful completion of a background check. A written application and oral examination of observation techniques, clinical music therapy skills, functional music, and accompaniment skills.

MUS L340 Music Therapy and Healthcare Settings. 3 credits. P: L153. Study of music therapy methods and materials commonly used in assessment and treatment with adults and children in healthcare settings. In addition, discussion of healthcare access and healthcare disparities is explored, as well as how to address those issues as they affect music therapy clinical practice.

MUS L350 Clinical Improvisation. 3 credits. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the types of instruments typically used in music therapy clinical improvisation, gain leadership skills in leading both pitched and unpitched improvisation interventions, and learn how to process the emotional, physical and psychological experiences associated with improvisational interventions.

MUS L353 Music Therapy Practicum II. 1 credit. P: L254. Individual students will provide music therapy for small groups at a community agency or school setting serving the needs of individuals with developmental or learning disabilities, physical disabilities, physical challenges, or conditions associated with aging. Involves a minimum of one hour weekly. Liability insurance required.

MUS L354 Music Therapy Practicum III. 1 credit. P: L353. Supervised field experience co-facilitating sessions for special populations in the community. In addition to clinical work, students attend an on-campus seminar. Involves two hours of client contact per week. Liability insurance required.

MUS U355 Music and Exceptionalities. 4 credits. Introduction to using therapeutic and recreational music interventions with individuals who have special needs. Includes development of skills in planning and adapting music protocols for specific goals, sequencing and leading music experiences, and structuring experiences to facilitate participant success. Emphasis placed on music in special education, and music therapy with children and adults with developmental disabilities.

MUS L370 Clinical Reasoning in Music Therapy. 3 credits. Introduction to the concepts and practice of critical thinking, clinical reasoning, and clinical judgment within the field of music therapy. Issues of cultural competence in treatment planning are also emphasized.

MUS L410 Administrative and Professional Issues in Music Therapy. 2 credits. P: L340 or L420. Study of government and professional guidelines that influence music therapy services and documentation practice. Includes development of administrative skills such as proposal writing, public relations, budgeting, staff relationships, interviewing, program development, conflict resolution and professional standards and ethics. Emphasis is placed on government relations and issues of advocacy.

MUS U410 Creative Arts, Health and Wellness. 2 credits. Overview of the use of creative arts and action-oriented experiences throughout the lifespan. Involves the study of creativity and applications designed to facilitate healthy living practices, wellness, and personal growth from a humanistic perspective. Body mechanics and healthy movement are emphasized.

MUS L415 Music Therapy Technology Lab. 2 credits. The purpose of this course is to allow students to apply previously gained knowledge of music technology (hardware and software) to the field of music therapy using real case examples. Students should apply technology in a unique or creative way to solve a clinical problem. This can take the form of creating new music technology (such as new software or a new instrument), using technology to create new music with a client, using technology to adapt instruments for use by people who have physical or cognitive limitations which prevent them from using traditional instruments in traditional ways. Creativity, clinical reasoning, and an evidence-based approach to client care are at the core of this process.

MUS L418 Psychology of Music. 3 credits. An in-depth study of the psychological foundations of musical behavior including human response to music, music preference and ability; psychoacoustical parameters; and an exploration of the question, “Why are humans musical?”

MUS L419 Introduction to Music Therapy Research Methods. 3 credits. P: L418. Overview and implementation of research methods, statistics and techniques applied to psychology of music principles. Includes research ethics training and the completion of experimental project related to psychology of music or musical behaviors.

MUS L420 Clinical Processes in Music Therapy. 3 credits. P: L153 or consent of instructor. Overview of the music therapy treatment process. Special emphasis placed the treatment process within behavioral health settings. This course includes an in-depth exploration and discussion of cultural competence and social justice within the context of music therapy assessment, treatment planning, treatment implementation, evaluation, and discharge.

MUS L421 Music Therapy Practicum IV. 1 credit. P: L353 and consent of instructor. Supervised field experience co-facilitating sessions for special populations in the community. In addition to clinical work, students attend an on-campus seminar. Involves two hours of client contact per week. Liability insurance required.

MUS L422 Theoretical Foundations of Music Therapy. 3 credits. P: L420 or consent of instructor. In-depth demonstration, analysis and comparison of specific music therapy models, a study of the theories, methods and techniques associated with these models. Emphasis is placed on the integration of models to develop personal philosophies and theories of music therapy practice.

MUS L424 Music Therapy Internship. 2 credits. P: Consent of director of music therapy. A six-month internship completed under the supervision of a Board-Certified Music Therapist at an AMTA approved clinical site or an affiliated site after the completion of degree course work. This course must be completed within two years of all academic work. Liability insurance required.