About this course
Graduates of the Master of Music Therapy course are eligible for Registration as Music Therapists (RMT) with the Australian Music Therapy Association (Inc.).
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of the Master of Music Therapy, students should:
- Be able to understand and identify, use and evaluate concepts and principles of music therapy and the various theories that underpin the practice of music therapy;
- Have acquired the skills in musicianship and the advanced knowledge of music styles and idioms, including improvisation, which will enable them to direct creative music activities for clients within the music therapy context;
- Have acquired skills in the assessment, design, implementation and evaluation of music therapy programs in a diverse range of clinical/special education settings;
- Understand relevant clinical conditions and the application of music as a treatment/special education modality;
- Be able to carry out independent research and analysis into music therapy and to think creatively about issues arising in their practice;
- Appreciate the ethical responsibilities of music therapists in health and special education facilities and to the individuals within those facilities;
- Be committed to enhancing the well being of clients.
The University expects its postgraduate coursework graduates to have the following qualities and skills:
- An advanced understanding of the changing knowledge base in the specialist area;
- An ability to evaluate and synthesise the research and professional literature in the discipline
- Advanced skills and techniques applicable to the discipline;
- Well-developed problem-solving abilities in the discipline area, characterised by flexibility of approach;
- Advanced competencies in areas of professional expertise and/or scholarship;
- A capacity to articulate their knowledge and understanding in oral and written presentations;
- An advanced understanding of the international context and sensitivities of the specialist area;
- An appreciation of the design, conduct and reporting of original research;
- A capacity to manage competing demands on time, including self-directed project work;
- A profound respect for truth and intellectual integrity, and for the ethics of scholarship;
- An appreciation of the ways in which advanced knowledge equips the student to offer leadership in the specialist area;
- The capacity to value and participate in projects which require team-work;
- An understanding of the significance and value of their knowledge to the wider community (including business and industry);
- A capacity to engage where appropriate with issues in contemporary society; and
- Where appropriate, advanced working skills in the application of computer systems and software and a receptiveness to the opportunities offered by new technologies.
University of Melbourne postgraduate coursework degrees seek to develop graduates who demonstrate a capacity for contemporary professional practice and/or specialist knowledge and theory. Postgraduate coursework degrees have multiple purposes. They are designed to provide students with the opportunity for advanced knowledge and understanding in a specialist area; to enhance professional knowledge and skills; and to engage with new and emerging fields of study.
Last updated: 28 January 2023