Graduate requirements (Enrollment 2019 update)

(Children with Special Needs)
14th Enrolment


Module Content Graduate Requirement
Module 1: Music Therapy for Children with Special Needs
(2 hours x 6 meetings = 12 hours)

  • Theoretical bases of using music in children with special needs
  • Music application in speech, cognitive, motor and social-emotional development
  • Music therapy objectives
  • Music therapy and children with autism
  • Principles of behavioral music therapy
  • Principles of adaptation
  • 2 concert reports
  • 80% attendance
Module 2: Guitar accompaniment skill (1.25 hours x 8meetings = 10 hours)

  • Principle of harmonisation
  • Changing chords I, IV and V in the keys of A,E, and D
  • Changing chords I, ii, iii, IV, V and vi inthe keys of C and G
  • Right hand strumming and finger picking techniques
  • Use of capo,Accompanying kid songs with guitar usinglearned,chords and progression
  • Accompanying pop songs with guitar usinglearned chords,and progression
  • Accommodating key change in the keys of A, E and D for,simple kid songs
  • Play and sing 3 familiar kid songs (consists of,3 different chords) inthe keys of A, D, C and,E
  • Play and sing selected songs in correct,rhythm and tempo in the keys of C and G (all,6 chords)
Module 3: Music Therapy for Children with Special Needs
– Practicum work (2 hours x 6 meetings = 12 hours)

  • Application of Behavioral Music Therapy
  • Use of music in speech, cognitive, motor and social-emotional development.
  • Behavioral management ( ABA – A pplied B ehavioral A nalysis) techniques
  • Cantonese kid song repertoire
  • Adapted music instruments
  • Complete practical assignments
  • Pass one quiz
  • 80% attendance
Module 4: Music Activity Repertoire and Accompaniment
(2 hours x 6 meetings = 12 hours)

  • Designing individual and group music activities
  • Clinical applications of music instruments
  • Writing session plan
  • Accompanying own singing
  • Present one 30-minute session plan
  • Perform one song with own accompaniment
  • 80% attendance
Module 5: Assessment and Case analysis(2.5 hours x 4 meetings = 10 hours)

  • Techniques in behavioral analysis (pinpoint and,cons equate)
  • Observation skill
  • Assessment tools in music therapy
  • Writing behavioural objectives
  • Observation report(s)
  • Assessment report(s)
  • 80% attendance
Module 6: Improvisation Skills, Djembe (African drum) and Percussions (2 hour x 5 meetings = 10 hours)

  • Basic tones: “open”, “bass” and “slap”
  • Basic African patterns:Playing techniques and basic rhythm for common percussion instruments
  • Principle of improvisation
  • Constructing poly-rhythms
  • Execute “open”, “bass” and “slap” sound correctly
  • Able to play rhythm pattern Clave”,“Nigerian Highlife Bottom”, “Downbeat” “The Pulse” and “The Train” in good tempo together with a counterpart
  • Able to improvise (create rhythmic patterns while you play) with a djembe.
Module 7: Neurologic Music Therapy (2.5 hours x 4 meetings = 10 hours)

  • Theory of Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT)
  • Motor regulation techniques in NMT
  • Speech rehabilitation techniques in NMT
  • Cognitive rehabilitation techniques in NMT
  • Psychosocial rehabilitation techniques in NMT
  • 80% attendance
Module 8: On-site Practicum (14 hours)

  • Conduct individual and/or group music session for,children with special needs in a special education or,rehabilitation setting
  • Session planning, implementation and evaluation
  • Videotaping selected sessions for feedback sessions
  • Conduct 1 assessment session and 7 therapy sessions on-site over a maximum of 3 month’s period
  • Attend practicum briefing and feedback sessions
Module 9: Practicum Briefing and Feedback (15 hours)

  • Video presentation
  • Feedback from instructor
  • Class discussion
  • Present session video
  • One graduation case report
  • One self-evaluation report
  • 80% attendance
Module X: Special Topics (3 hours)

  • Music Intervention for Dyslexia (1.5 hours)
  • Music and Child-Parent Attachment (1.5 hours)
  • 80% attendance