Music therapy: new proposals

Saint Louis’ Music Therapy department is enriched with two new modules, “Theory and Techniques of Communication” and “Music, Music Therapy and Neuroscience,” which are in addition to the two modules already successfully activated last year of “History and Models in Music Therapy” and “Vocal and Instrumental Improvisation in Music Therapy.”

The courses are taught in collaboration with the historic Roman music therapy school “Oltre” and their teachers Valter Dadone, Luigi Casiglio, Maria Emerenziana D’Ulisse and Luisa Lopez and will start in January 2018.

What is music therapy?

Music therapy makes it possible to intervene in the delicate and mysterious relationship between human beings, sound and the environment. It is possible to understand the music therapy process as a stimulus, a path that aims to achieve changes, with a view to developing interpersonal skills and generally improving the quality of one’s life.

With the stimulation of listening skills and the exploration and encouragement of free bodily and sound expression, work is proposed that progressively focuses on one’s ability to pay attention, to express states of mind, to the solicitations from the external world and the respective sensations that one’s internal world produces.

One of the main characteristics of music therapy is that it is highly modulable according to need. The intervention is focused on the individual characteristics of the recipients, working out a set of short-, medium- and long-term goals for each, shared with the rest of the team (parents, therapists, teachers) who in various capacities are developing interventions for the same person.

Music therapy a.y. 2017/2018

Each of the following modules can be chosen as an elective subject (respecting propaedeuticity) and entitles to 3 CFA. All modules are 20 hours and involve fortnightly/monthly meetings of 3 or 4 hours each.

Participation is free of charge and reserved for students in academic courses. Classes consist of a maximum of 15 students.

Propaedeutic Modules:
History and models of music therapy edited by Luigi Casiglio

The course aims to provide a general introduction to music therapy and an overview of the main orientations. In particular, with references to related psychological theories, historical models of music therapy recognized within the international scientific landscape will be explored.

Class schedule: Saturdays (Shift B), h 1-5 p.m., starting Jan. 27, 2018
Theory and techniques of communication by Maria Emerenziana d’Ulisse

The course aims to initiate learners into an understanding of the complexity of human communication by expanding knowledge of verbal and nonverbal modes of communication. Functional and dysfunctional communication techniques will be covered from both theoretical and practical perspectives, also concerning different professional fields in individual and group settings.

Class schedule: Tuesdays (shift B), 12:30-3:30 p.m., starting Feb. 6, 2018
Advanced Modules: (to participate in the following courses, it is necessary to have taken at least one of the previous two modules in the current academic year or in a.y. 2016/2017)

Vocal and instrumental improvisation in music therapy by Valter Dadone

The course aims to develop and expand basic improvisational skills, providing the student with the tools to choose, as part of a music therapy session, from the various expressive possibilities of the body, movement, voice and instrumentation available.

Class schedule: Saturdays (Shift B), h 13:00-17:00 starting April 2018

Music, music therapy and neuroscience edited by Luisa Lopez

The course aims to give a perspective on musical abilities from developmental age to adulthood, with hints of general physiological and pathophysiological aspects. The various aspects will be discussed with references to scientific literature in music and clinical examples. Special attention will be given to the concept of evidence-based medicine-and practice.