Music, music therapy and neuroscience (20 hours) by Luisa Lopez

Form: 20 hours
CFA: 3
Teachers: Luisa Lopez
Frequency: Every 2 weeks
Entry Requirements:Having attended and passed the exam of at least one of the two preparatory modules of music therapy, “History and models of music therapy” – “Theory and techniques of communication”
Class size: 15 students
Places available: 15
Limitations: Open to all students of all academic areas


Description of the subject

  • The course intends to give a perspective on musical skills from the developmental age to adulthood, with hints of general physiological and physiopathological aspects. The various aspects will be treated with references to the scientific literature in music and clinical examples. Particular attention will be given to the concept of medicine – and practice – based on evidence.
  • Development of musical skills
  • Nature or Culture? The study of music in the fetus and in newborns. Perception of music in the fetus. Investigation methods in newborns. Perception of the melody in the newborn. Perception of rhythm in the newborn. Effect of culture on rhythm processing.
  • Neuropsychomotor and Musical Development in the early years of life – typical and atypical development.
  • Language and Communication. Language and communication deficits (Specific language disorder, autistic spectrum). Learning – from prerequisites to read-write and calculation. Learning disorders (dyslexia, dysorthography, dyscalculia, disgrace). Attention and concentration. Attention deficits and hyperactivity (ADHD). Motor development and coordination. Motor disorders (Psychomotor retardation, Cerebral palsy, Evolutionary coordination disorder). Emotional and relational aspects.
  • Neurological problems of adulthood and possibility of intervention with music
  • Evolutionary disorders that persist into adulthood. Neurodegenerative disorders (Parkinson, Dementia, Alzheimer). Neurovascular disorders (stroke).
  • Musical intervention and music therapy
  • Methodological aspects. Perspectives and assumptions of evidence-based medicine.


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