Institute of Music Therapy
In 1998 music therapy was first offered as a master’s minor at the Friedensau Adventist University. The lively interest from students and the successful implementation of this training concept, unique in Germany, led to the founding of the Institute of Music Therapy in November 1999. In the winter semester 2011/2012 the M.A. course Music Therapy was launched at the Friedensau Adventist University.
This institute of the Friedensau Adventist University is devoted to research and scholarship, teaching, training, organization and practice. Research, teaching and practical relevance are closely interrelated. They are interdependent, because music therapy is a practice-oriented academic discipline which can take on therapeutic tasks in a wide variety of areas.
The options for combining this with other majors and minors make the study of music therapy particularly attractive. As part of the changeover to master’s degrees, the music therapy training was integrated into the M.A. in counselling as an optional focus, and can be supplemented by postgraduate study to obtain a diploma in music therapy.
The three-semester course brings together conceptual approaches based on perceptual psychology and social communication, and individually creative approaches. On the basis of the concept of social illness and social health, the course teaches the method system of music therapy and its implementation in various fields of practice. Learning takes place in a closed group, and solely in full-day seminars. Using the principle of self-awareness, participants learn to experience and recognize the following forms of activity:
- instrumental improvisation
- movement improvisation
- perceptual training with music
- work with the voice
- drawing/creating pictures to music
- group singing therapy
- dance music therapy
Self-awareness refers here to the individual’s own disabilities and powers, to the social processes and to the methodological/didactic procedures. The course is completed by training in group leadership, didactics, case study seminars, traineeships, supervisions and comparisons between different theoretical/methodological approaches to music therapy.
Because the training concept is designed in such a way that the methods of music therapy can be used both to deal with a conflict, and to improve people’s lives through actions and experiences, there are many possible career options after the course. Alongside traditional work in psychotherapeutic-medical, socio-therapeutic and rehabilitative facilities, the areas of pedagogy and prevention are becoming increasingly important.