MUS L153 - Introduction to Music Therapy

Course Description

In this General Education Area V course, music, in general, and music therapy, specifically, is explored as an available means to create common ground between humans of all levels of ability and disability. This course is approached from a diversity subjective that focuses on increasing the students’ awareness and understanding of individuals with disabilities and chronic illnesses, their needs, and their similarities to and differences from those without such limitations. The Remnant Trust documents will be used to explore the origins of the rights of U.S. citizens and connections will be made with current documents that define the healthcare and educational rights of individuals, including the Older Americans Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and IDEA. Music therapy will be presented as an option within the healthcare and education systems that increases the liberty of individuals with disabilities and illnesses by increasing their opportunity to live more independent and fulfilling lives.