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Music, Mind and Body FXA300


Ever wonder why that tune gets stuck in your head, or when you listen to your favourite song your foot starts tapping, or why its easier to remember the words of a song when you sing the tune? How do you choose the best music for a restaurant or in a dentists surgery? Find out the answers to these questions and more in Music, Mind and Body. This unit explores the influence and impact of music and music-making on the human mind and body. You will develop an understanding of the way in which the brain perceives and processes music and learn about the development of musical taste, the effects of music on mood, creativity and improvisation, and the benefits of music listening and participation at all life stages. You will also learn about issues pertinent to health and wellbeing of amateur and professional musicians, including injury prevention. You will gain an understanding of research methods used to study music psychology, and critical thinking skills in evaluating research design. Music, Mind and Body will be valuable for all students interested in the use of music to enhance wellbeing. It will be of direct relevance for performing musicians, with strategies to broaden applications of music for a portfolio career or to help sustain a performing career. The unit will also be of interest to students from creative arts, humanities and social and health sciences pathways who are interested in incorporating music in their area of work, e.g. in rehabilitation, or in aged care, or in applied psychological and health science research.


Unit name Music, Mind and Body
Unit code FXA300
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Creative Arts and Media
Discipline Music
Coordinator Associate Professor Anne-Marie Forbes
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Online Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 22/7/2024 16/8/2024 9/9/2024 27/10/2024

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Learning Outcomes

  • Analyse and evaluate potential social benefits, risks and ethical considerations relating to the use of music in a variety of contexts
  • Reflect critically on the effects of music on mind and body from youth to old age across a range of cultures applying humanities, social science and health science perspectives
  • Critique and evaluate research methods and apply appropriate methods in design of a proposed experiment

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
100101 $1,118.00 $957.00 not applicable $2,695.00

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Teaching Pattern

Online learning including discussion boards, Zoom tutorials and webinars, with self-directed learning (approx. 8hrs weekly)

AssessmentDiscussion Posts (10%)|Online quiz (20%)|Case study (30%)|Proposal (40%)
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