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Workshop Therapeutic Songwriting

With this workshop, Prof. Dr. Felicity Baker of the University of Melbourne (Australia) gives an introduction to therapeutic songwriting; she will be providing and extensive overview of its methodology and will practice some methods of therapeutic songwriting together with the students.

Prof. Baker is the international expert in therapeutic songwriting (including extensive research and development in methodology of therapeutic songwriting; additionally she is part of a worldwide network that includes not only Australia, but also the US and Israel). Within worldwide processes of cultural changes, therapeutic songwriting is playing an increasing role in the scope of application of music therapy. This includes applications in youth work, work with the elderly, and neurorehabilitiation. During the workshop, the latest research is presented and methods, applications, and effects of therapeutic songwriting are exemplified by case studies.

At a glance

Type of course: Workshop

Admission requirements: Students and graduates in the field of social work or music therapy

Language of instruction: English

Diploma: Certificate of attendance (opportunity for achieving points of the German association of music therapy, DmtG)

Start: Summer semester 2017

Duration: 2 days, full time

FHWS Location: Würzburg, Münzstraße 12

Faculty: Faculty of Applied Social Sciences (FAS)

Costs: € 160 (reduction possible)

Course Details

During the workshop, students are offered an overview and systematization of all methods of therapeutic songwriting. Additionally, the methods’ aims, possibilities and limitations will be worked out and introduced. Individual methods and their components will be practiced and skills will be acquired. Competences to be achieved will be adapted to the respective participant groups. During the practical part, media technology will be used, tested and applied. At the end, current research on therapeutic songwriting is presented, including impact research and process analyses. Throughout the workshop, case studies are used involving neuro-rehabilitation, work with the elderly, but also work with children and teenagers with various impairments or disorders. Students’ own case studies are also welcome for discussion.

The workshop takes place on two consecutive days in the fully equipped music therapy rooms of the University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt. Students will receive all lecture notes and a certificate on this further training course. Music therapists have been able to gain 12 points for certification by the German Association of Music Therapy (DmtG).

We focus on 

  • Music therapists
  • Students in the field of music therapy
  • Students with a specialisation for music therapy studying Social Work

Prof. Dr. Felicity Baker is currently the Associate Dean and a Lecturer at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Many of her music therapy publications are on therapeutic songwriting, neuro-rehabilitation and working with voice. Among them is the international standard reference work edited by Tony Wigram and published in 2005 “Songwriting: Methods, Techniques and Clinical Applications for Music Therapy Clinicians, Educators and Students.”

She is currently involved in a four-year research project on the worldwide status of therapeutic songwriting as a Research Fellow of the Australian Research Council. Prof. Dr. Baker has a seat in various panels on music therapy as well as in editorial teams. She is an integral part of the teaching team of the Master’s programme Developmental Music Therapy and Music Therapy with Dementia Patients at FHWS in Würzburg.

Contact person for the Workshop Therapeutic Songwriting

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Melanie Gabold
Room 10.3.3
Landwehrstraße 46,
Phone +49 931 3511-8540
E-Mail melanie.gabold[at]