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Ever wonder why that tune gets stuck in your head, or when you listen to your favourite song your foot starts tapping, or why it’s easier to remember the words of a song when you sing the tune? What’s the best music for a restaurant or in a dentist’s 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. This unit will help you 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, as well as issues pertinent to health and wellbeing of musicians.

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.

Summary 2020

Unit name Music, Mind and Body
Unit code XBR300
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Creative Arts and Media
Discipline Music

Associate Professor Anne-Marie Forbes

Teaching staff

Assoc. Prof Anne-Marie Forbes, Assoc. Prof Heather Monkhouse

Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? Yes


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


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 13/7/2020 10/8/2020 18/10/2020 18/10/2020

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

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Learning Outcomes



Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2020: $835.00 2020: $2,445.00 100101

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25 credit points introductory level in any discipline


FXA100 and admission to A1C Diploma of Creative Arts and Health.

Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:


Teaching Pattern

Fully Online.


Assessment Task 1: Online quiz 20%

Assessment Task 2: Case Study 20%

Assessment Task 3: Research Proposal (2500 words) 60%

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