Music therapy -Special education

Course Information
TitleΜουσικοθεραπεία -Ειδική αγωγή / Music therapy -Special education
FacultyFine Arts
SchoolMusic Studies
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
Course ID600013881

Programme of Study: PPS Tmīmatos Mousikṓn Spoudṓn (2017-sīmera)

Registered students: 125
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Musicology / Music EducationCompulsory Course634
Music CompositionCompulsory Course634

Class Information
Academic Year2020 – 2021
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Background
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
Basic understanding of the inherited healing power of music and its clinical use in Music Therapy. Special emphasis is given to applications in Special Education
General Competences
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Respect natural environment
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
1. Cymatics. 2. Music and Medicine: history. 3. Music and the brain: sound and music influence the neural, endocrinal and immune system. 4. Music and Imagery. 5. Sound and Music healing: restoration of body harmony. 6. Humanistic-music centered Music Therapy approach. 7. Introduction to various Music Therapy approaches. 8. Music Therapy in Medicine. 9. Music Therapy in Special Education. 10. Psychopathology issues of people with special needs. 11. Ecological Community Music Therapy. 12. The training of the Music Therapist.
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Video lectures
  • Audio
  • Multimedia
  • Interactive excersises
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Laboratory Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
audio recordings and videotapes of clinical material
Course Organization
Reading Assigment451.5
Written assigments200.7
Student Assessment
Papers and logs in class: 60% Final exams: 40%
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Additional bibliography for study
Ψαλτοπούλου, Ν., (1992) Έρευνα των Τεχνικών Φωνητικής στη Μουσικοθεραπεία με Ενηλίκους», στο Περιοδικό: «Μουσικοτροπίες», αριθμός τεύχους: 2, σ. 46-48. Ψαλτοπούλου, Ν.,(1992), «Έρευνα των Τεχνικών Φωνητικής στη Μουσικοθεραπεία με Ενηλίκους», στο Περιοδικό: «Μουσικοτροπίες», αριθμός τεύχους: 3, σ. 50-54. Ψαλτοπούλου, Ν (1998): «Μουσικοθεραπεία. Καλλιτεχνική Δημιουργία: Επικοινωνία Μεταμόρφωση», Περιοδική Έκδοση της Ελληνικής Ένωσης για τη Μουσική Εκπαίδευση, σ. 169-178 Ψαλτοπούλου, Ν., (2005), Η μουσική δημιουργική έκφραση ως θεραπευτικό μέσο σε παιδιά με συναισθηματικές διαταραχές. Αδημοσίευτη διατριβή, ΑΠΘ Ψαλτοπούλου, Ν. (2005). Η Μουσική Δημιουργική Έκφραση ως Θεραπευτικό Μέσο στα Παιδιά με Συναισθηματικές Διαταραχές, στο 1ο Πανελλήνιο Συνέδριο Μουσικής Αγωγής για την Πρωτοβάθμια Εκπαίδευση με θέμα: «Η Αναγκαιότητα της Συστηματικής Διδασκαλίας της Μουσικής στην Πρωτοβάθμια Εκπαίδευση. Μεθοδολογικές και Βιωματικές Προσεγγίσεις από την Α’ έως και την ΣΤ’ Τάξη Δημοτικού Σχολείου», Πειραιάς, Πρακτικά υπό δημοσίευση Ψαλτοπούλου, Ν. (2006 α). Μουσικοθεραπεία: Πολυφωνική σχέση σε διαδικασία αυτοπραγμάτωσης, στο Μουσική Παιδαγωγική-Μουσική Εκπαίδευση στην Ειδική Αγωγή-Μουσικοθεραπεία,σ.98-114, Θεσσαλονίκη, Εκδόσεις Πανεπιστημίου Μακεδονίας Ψαλτοπούλου, Ν., (2006) Μουσικοθεραπεία: Αναπηρία και Ψυχοσωματική Αναδιαμόρφωση, στο: Μουσικοθεραπεία και Άλλες Μουσικές Προσεγγίσεις για Παιδιά και Νέους με Αναπηρίες, σ. 90-102, Ιόνιο Πανεπιστήμιο, Αθήνα, Εκδόσεις Orpheus. Ψαλτοπούλου, Ν. (2011). Χρόνιες παθήσεις ως ταυτότητα, ως τρόπος ζωής ή ως μήνυμα για αναμόρφωση εαυτού. (Η ουσιαστική συμβολή της Μουσικής Ιατρικής και της Μουσικοθεραπείας), στο Διεπιστημονική φροντίδα υγείας. May, R.: Υπαρξιστική ψυχολογία. (1979). Εκδ. Επίκουρος (1969) Boxill, E. H.: Music Therapy for the Developmentally Disabled. (1985). Rockville, MD: Aspen Systems Corporation. Bruscia, K. E. (1987), Improvisational models of music therapy. Springfield, IL: Charles C. Thomas. Bruscia, K. E. (1995), Differences between Quantitative and Qualitative Research Paradigms: Implications for Music Therapy. In Wheeler L. Barbara (Ed.) Music Therapy Research: Qualitative and Quantitative Perspectives (pp. 65-76). Barcelona Publishers, PA Bruscia, K.: Professional Identity Issues In Music Therapy Education. (1987). In C. D. Maranto & K. Bruscia, (Eds.), Perspective in Music Therapy Education and Training.(pp. 17-29). Philadelphia: Temple University, Esther Boyer College of Music. Campbell, P. (2010). Songs in their heads: Music and its meaning in children's lives: Oxford Univ Pr on Demand.Kim, J., Wigram, T., & Gold, C. (2008). The effects of improvisational music therapy on joint attention behaviors in autistic children: a randomized controlled study. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 38(9), 1758-1766. Le Roux, F.-Bouic, P.-Bester, M. (2007). The effect of Bach’s magnificat on emotions, immune, and endocrine parameters during physiotherapy treatment of patients with infectious lung conditions. in Journal of Music Therapy, vol. XLIV.2. p.156-168 Manners, G.: Cymatics. (1986). Unpublished manuscriptz Maslow, A.: Lessons from the Peak Experience. (1962). Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 2, 9-18.May, R.: The courage to create. (1975). NY, Bantam Books. Milson, R. (1992). ‘A Sonic Birth’, in D. Campbell (Ed.), Music and Miracles, Wheaton, IL: Quest Books, 89–97. Moses, P. J. (1954). The Voice of Neurosis, New York: Grune and Stratton. Nordoff, P. & Robbins, C. (2007). Creative Music Therapy: A Guide to Fostering Clinical Musicianship. New Braunfels TX: Barcelona Publishers. Nordoff, P.& Robbins, C. (1965). Music Therapy for Handicapped Children. Lebanon, PA: Somers Printing Co.Psaltopoulou, D. (2013), Music therapy improvisation as a core family: The potentially unlimited in inspiration leads to self anamorphosis. The Changing Face of Music and Art Education (CFMAE). ISSN 2228-0715,, Vol. 5/1, 9-20 Psaltopoulou, D., Psiliteli, M.,Panagiotidou, E., Hatzinasiou, M.,Vaiouli, P., Evangelou, P.,Malouta, A.(2011). Designing a new music therapy training program in Greece. Round table held at World congress of Music Therapy. Seoul, Korea. Published in Proceedings Psaltopoulou, D. (2012), Community music therapy interchange: New paths for personal and environmental changes. Spoken paper presented at ISME Commission on Music in Special Education, Music Therapy and Music Medicine Congress. Thessaloniki, Greece Published in Proceedings of the 18th International Seminar of the Commission on Music in Special Education, Music Therapy, and Music Medicine. (Ed.). Lyn E. Psaltopoulou, D. (2012). Music Therapy in Children with Special Needs: A Complete Therapy. Proceedings of the 18th International Seminar of the Commission on Music in Special Education, Music Therapy, and Music Medicine. Lyn E. Schraer-Joiner (Ed.), ISBN: 9780987351166 (ebook), Nedlands, W.A.: International Society for Music Education, 224-232 []. Psaltopoulou, D. & Micheli, M. & Kavardinas, N. (2012b). Music Therapy Enhances Perceptive and Cognitive Development in People with Disabilities. A Quantitative Research, in Music Cognition: 12th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition (ICMPC) / 8th Triennial Conference of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music (ESCOM), 23.–28.07.2012, Thessaloniki (Greece), Emilios Cambouropoulos, Costas Tsougras, Panayotis Mavromatis, Konstantinos Pastiadis (Eds.). Thessaloniki: Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 824–833 []. Rogers, C.: A Way of Being. (1980). Boston: Houghton Mifflin. Steiner, R. (1987): The Inner Nature of Music and the Experience of Tone. Anthroposophic Press, New York.Stern,D. (1985): The interpersonal world of the infant. London: Academic press Storr, A. (1992). Music and Mind. New York, The Free Press.
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