Experiential Education in Music Therapy: Approaches for Deepening Clinical Awareness and Competence.

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2016 Annual Conference of the American Music Therapy Association, Inc.

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Kansas City, MO

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Experiential methods used within music therapy education are a high‐impact pedagogical technique that facilitates student growth in the following areas: active clinical musicianship, analysis and interpretation of clinical music (enhanced listening), understanding group dynamics and processes, self‐reflection and awareness, empathy, critical thinking and cultural competence.

Learner Objectives: Music therapy educators are charged with addressing all of the Board‐Certification Domains within the undergraduate curriculum; therefore, participants will be engaged in looking deeply at their current teaching practices to identify areas where experiential approaches and techniques will impact student understanding and competence within the Board‐Certification Domains. Participants will work with the presenters to collectively develop effective, high‐impact experiential educational practices relevant to these domains. Ethical implications of experiential education will be discussed. This CMTE will also support participants in their further development within the College/University Teaching Advanced Competencies as outlined by the American Music Therapy Association to include the following competencies:

5.1: Design academic curricula, courses, and clinical training programs in music therapy consistent with current theories, research, competencies, and standards including those for national accreditation and program approval. II.A.3, III.B3; IV.A.1., IV.A.3; IV.A.6, IV.B.14

5.4: Establish and maintain effective student‐teacher relationships. II.A.1.a‐h, IV.B.4

5.7: Utilize various methods of teaching (e.g., lecture, demonstration, role‐playing, group discussion, collaborative learning). II.A.2.a,b,f,g,u,aa,ac,ak,aq,ba; III.B.3,6; IV.A.2

5.8: Supervise and mentor students in clinical training, supervision, teaching, and research. I.B.1,3.a‐h, I.B.7,12,13.a‐d, D.10,11,15; III.B.11. IV.A.4; IV.B.11



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