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Music for Therapy

Professional Development

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Gain skills and knowledge in Music for Therapy to expand an existing practice, as a foundation qualification towards further studies, or for personal interest
  • Be awarded the BSY Professional Certificate of Merit

You can study this course from the comfort of your own home; in your own time and at your own pace; with helpful support and encouragement from our friendly tutors.

Course overview

This course will help you to increase your awareness of music and rhythm and learn how to use the power of music to enhance your life or the lives of others. The aim is to use music for therapy, not to become a practitioner in the field.  You do not require prior instrumental or vocal aptitude, but should possess an interest in all forms of music, and above all, enjoy listening. An audio CD accompanies the course.


  • Lesson One
    • Introduction
      • What is Music Therapy?
    • The Effect of Music
      • Evidence
      • Sing for your Health
      • The Dark Side
      • Music in Action
    • Dolphin Dreams
      • Exercise One
    • Bibliography
  • Lesson Two
    • Dolphin Dreams
      • Review
      • Exercise Two
    • Music Through the Ages
      • Classification
    • Music Around the World
      • Africa
      • India
      • Australia
      • The Americas
      • Europe
    • Glossary
    • Bibliography
  • Lesson Three
    • Theory of Music – Simplified
      • Basic Notation
      • Feel the Beat
    • Dolphin Dreams
      • Exercise Three
  • Lesson Four
    • European Musical Culture
      • Middle Ages
      • The Renaissance
      • The Baroque Era
      • The Classical Period
      • Romanticism
      • The 20th Century
    • Glossary (Continued)
    • Bibliography
  • Lesson Five
    • Practical Aspects of Music for Therapy
      • Music for Occasions/Events
      • Tempo
      • Dance
      • Early Morning Music
    • Dolphin Dreams
      • Exercise Four
  • Lesson Six
    • Music as a Stress-Buster
      • Genres for Relaxation
    • Music for Plants and Animals
    • Dolphin Dreams
      • Exercise Five
    • Bibliography
  • Lesson Seven
    • Music in Action
      • The Power of Musical Rhythm
      • Rhythmic Tapping
    • Music and Sport
      • Your own Music Compilations
    • Glossary (Continued)
    • Bibliography
  • Lesson Eight
    • Western Ensembles
      • The Orchestra
      • Jazz
      • Rock and Pop
      • Other Ensembles
    • Musical Styles
    • Bibliography
  • Lesson Nine
    • More Practical Aspects of Music for Therapy
      • Exercise to Music
      • Music, Meditation and Imagery
      • Biofeedback
    • Bibliography
  • Lesson Ten
    • Various
      • Minimalism
      • Instruments for Therapy
      • Medical Resonance Therapy Music
      • How the Brain Perceives Music
      • Music and Emotion
      • Music and Commerce
    • Summary
    • Next Steps
    • Bibliography

Practical training

No practical training is required to complete this course.