Music Making For Improved Well-Being – Certification

Music Making For Improved Well-Being – Certification

Course Overview

This course will guide you through musical techniques that have been found to ease stress, lift the mood, and enhance motivation and self-confidence. The course is suitable for music teachers wishing to incorporate such techniques into their teaching and for individuals who are interested in taking advantage of music’s healing properties.

The course is structured around three modules (4 lessons each) and a final examination.

The modules’ contents are:

1. Listening:  ‘Developing playlists and repertoires’

2. Playing: ‘Strum down your Emotions’

3. ‘Improvisation’

The techniques suggested in the course have been developed according to research on music’s positive effect on well-being (listed under ‘further reading’ at the end of each lesson). Most of the materials and suggestions are modeled for guitar but can be adapted for other instruments.

The first lesson of each module explains the theoretical underpinnings (why) of the techniques. Two lessons are dedicated to providing guides and examples (how). The fourth lesson of each module includes advice, suggestions, and ideas for teachers wishing to incorporate the techniques into their teaching. After completion of each module, you will get the chance to create your own example and test your newly acquired knowledge of the materials.

What will I learn?

This course will help you acknowledge the power of music over feelings, emotions, and moods. That is to say, it will enable you to use music’s properties to ease your or your students’ stress, uplift your or your students’ mood and express your or your students’ emotions consciously.

‘Music’ is a generic word; musical experiences are complicated, interwoven with memories, positive and negative occurrences, occasions, ceremonies, and so on. Depending on the participant and their unique experience with music the approach should differ. You will learn how to create personalised activities either for yourself or for your students.

Anyone can be involved with music; humans are musical and rhythmical by nature. It only takes a beating heart to get involved with music; or so would claim some anthropologists (Mithen, 2006). This course will help you see music as an every-day activity and allow yourself to be imperfect, awkward, ‘cringey’ or whatever it is you perceive your music as. In other words, it will lead you to free musical expression.

About The Author

Name: Despoina Ioannou


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WU, S. M. (2002). Effects of music therapy on anxiety, depression and self-esteem of undergraduates. Psychologia, 45(2), 104-114.

Mithen, S., Morley, I., Wray, A., Tallerman, M., & Gamble, C. (2006). The Singing Neanderthals: the Origins of Music, Language, Mind and Body, by Steven Mithen. London: Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 2005. ISBN 0-297-64317-7 hardback£ 20 & US $25.2; ix+ 374 pp. Cambridge Archaeological Journal, 16(1), 97-112.

Rockwood,M. L. (last updated, 2020). ‘Healing with the Arts’ Available at Coursera Courses: 

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Music Making For Improved Well-Being – Certification

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