Music, Arts and Health - CMAT6130

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2023 to 2024
Spring Term 6 15 (7.5) Ruth Herbert checkmark-circle


The module takes a holistic approach to the study of music, arts and health. Firstly, it interprets health research broadly involving health sciences, psychology, wellbeing studies, therapeutic studies, environmental studies and sustainability. Music students will therefore work at the intersection of both the medical and environmental humanities. Secondly, it invites the involvement of dance or drama in its curriculum and project work. The module is concerned with people, place and planet and celebrates the contribution and impact that the arts as a whole make to society. As a wide range of research has shown, the arts help keep us well, aid our recovery and support longer lives better lived. The arts can help meet major challenges facing health and social care: ageing, long-term conditions, loneliness and mental health. The arts can help save money in the health service and social care. Artists and artisans have also engaged with issues of environmental degradation, regeneration and resilience (the health of the planet) and with the use of natural and sustainable natural resources.


Contact hours

Contact Hours: 24
Fieldwork Hours: 40
Independent Study Hours: 86
Total Study Hours: 150

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods

The students will be assessed through the following:
1) Group Presentation (20 minutes) 25%
2) Project Report (75%): 3,000 words

Reassessment methods
100% Project

Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List

• Andsell, G. (2015) How Music Helps in Music Therapy and Everyday Life. Routledge.
• Allen, A & Dawe, K (2015) Current Directions in Ecomusicology: Music, Nature, Culture. Routledge.
• Bunt, L. (2014) Music Therapy: An Art Beyond Words. Routledge.
• Fancourt, D. (2017) Arts in Health: Designing and Researching Interventions. OUP.
• Macdonald, R., Kreutz, G., & Mitchell, L. (eds) (2013). Music, Health and Wellbeing. OUP.
• Miller, C (ed) (2014) Assessments and Outcomes in the Arts Therapies: A Person-Centred Approach. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
• Ockleford, A. (2008) Music for Children and Young People with Complex Needs. Oxford Music Education.
• Pavlicevic, M & Tsiris, G. (2014). A Guide to Evaluation for Arts Therapists and Arts and Health Practitioners. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
• All Parliamentary Group:
• Full Report:

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1) communicate convincingly their ideas and arguments to health and wellbeing professionals and others within the community whilst being receptive to different viewpoints;
2) practically apply and critically evaluate their knowledge in planning and executing project work that includes advanced problem-solving;
3) set appropriate objectives and prepare suitable musical material for a group or individual facing particular challenges to their health and wellbeing within the community.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1) devise and sustain arguments, and/or to solve problems using ideas and techniques, some of which are at the forefront of a discipline;
2) describe and comment upon particular aspects of current research, or equivalent advanced scholarship, in the discipline;
3) critically evaluate arguments, assumptions, abstract concepts and data to make judgements, and to frame appropriate questions to achieve a solution – or identify a
range of solutions – to a problem;
4) be prepared for decision-making in complex and unpredictable contexts;
5) apply the methods and techniques they have learned to review, consolidate, extend and apply their knowledge and understanding, and to initiate and carry out projects;
6) demonstrate the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment or further training, including the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility.


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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