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Music Psychology Training: Music, Mind & Technology / Music Therapy

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Dear Colleague,

We are currently inviting applications for the Music Psychology Training, which includes two Master’s Degree Programmes: Music, Mind and Technology Master's Degree Programme (MMT) and Music Therapy Master’s Degree Programme (MT). The application deadline is March 1st, 2010. Please distribute this message to anyone who might be interested in Music Therapy, or Music, Mind and Technology. Thank you.

With kind regards,
Prof. Petri Toiviainen
Department of Music, University of Jyvaskyla, Finland


The Music Psychology Training, including Master's Degree Programmes of Music, Mind and Technology (MMT) and Music Therapy (MT), will take new students in September 2010. The application round is now open, and the deadline is March 1, 2010. For further information please visit: http://www.jyu.fi/hum/laitokset/musiikki/en/studies/mmt

WHAT IS Music Psychology Training?
Music is ever-present in the modern world and affects people's lives strongly in various ways. Many people spend a considerable amount of time daily listening to music, or playing a musical instrument. Music can affect and regulate our emotions, and can be used as a therapeutic medium. It has also been found to be important for the development of children. Modern research and technology enable us to study such effects of music.

Music Psychology training consists of two Master’s Degree Programmes, and the students are required to choose one or the other when applying for. Both programmes lead to the Master of Arts degree. They consists of 120 ECTS credits requiring two academic years of full-time study. The language of instruction is English. a) Music Mind and Technology Master’s Degree Programme aims to acquaint you with the main areas of contemporary research of music perception and cognition, to familiarize you with the methods and equipment used in various applications of music technology, and to provide you with the skills needed for designing, executing and reporting empirical investigations. The latest technology, and modern studio facilities, will be utilized on this programme. b) Music Therapy Master’s Degree Programme aims to acquaint you with the main areas of contemporary music therapy and music psychotherapy research, theory and clinical practice - in particular on psychiatric and neurological perspectives - familiarize you strategies, methods and equipments used in different clinical research designs, provide you with skills needed for designing, executing and reporting investigations, and supply you with the knowledge and skills needed for PhD studies.

The programmes are open to applicants from all over the world with Bachelor's Degree or equivalent, preferably majoring in one of the following fields: musicology, music education, music therapy, music technology, acoustics, ethnomusicology, the arts, cultural studies, media studies, multimedia, psychology, medical studies, nursing science, cognitive science, philosophy, mathematics, physics, computer science, information science, or another relevant discipline. Since the field is interdisciplinary, applicants with a background or interests in two or more of these areas are given preference. The applicants are expected to possess a basic knowledge of music theory, acoustics, and research methods. In addition, in the Music Therapy programme also practical music skills are beneficial. The MMT programme focuses on scientific research, and practical music skills are not required from applicants.

FURTHER INFORMATION and the application form: http://www.jyu.fi/hum/laitokset/musiikki/en/studies/mmt

Contact information:

Music, Mind and Technology:

Professor Petri Toiviainen (programme director), e-mail: petri.toiviainen@xxxxxx ; Tel. +358 14 260 1353

Assistant Professor Suvi Saarikallio, e-mail: suvi.saarikallio@xxxxxx; Tel. +358 14 260 1345

Music Therapy:

Professor Jaakko Erkkila (programme director), e-mail: jerkkila@xxxxxx; Tel. +358 14 260 1331

Assistant Professor Esa Ala-Ruona, e-mail: esa.ala-ruona@xxxxxx; Tel.: +358 14 260 1342