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July 18 - December 31, 2021

Training in Music-Based Therapeutic Interventions: From Fundamentals to Multidisciplinary Implementation


Course Description:  

This course is composed of 13 asynchronous self-paced online modules and 10 synchronous live webinars, providing clinicians and musicians a set of evidence-based resources describing the main techniques used in Music-Based therapeutic interventions and their clinical applications. This is the first training that is tailored to the needs of Middle Eastern populations, and which includes history of music-based interventions in the Middle East, and the use of Middle Eastern Music tools and sounds. 

Participants will be able to differentiate Therapeutic Music or Music Medicine from Music Therapy and be able to identify the conditions that would benefit from a music therapy intervention. Participants will learn and explore latest research studies and clinical trials using therapeutic music and music therapy for neurological, neuropsychiatric and neurodevelopmental conditions and acquire basic skills for a multidisciplinary implementation of music-based interventions. They will be able to describe protocols and applications based on therapeutic objectives, as well as using clinical evaluations to recognize the need and potential benefits of music therapy in a clinical case. This course covers basics of human Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology, basics of music theory including specificities of Middle Eastern Music, and details the various techniques used with individuals with Special Needs in the Middle East, Mental Health and Neurological diseases such as Alzheimer and Parkinson’s diseases.

Most importantly, this course will open a debate and invite attendee to discuss how healthcare professionals, musicians and music therapists can work together to implement efficient music-based interventions in the country, while raising awareness on the benefits and risks of music-based interventions.

Course Objectives:

  1. Identify and distinguish between Music Medicine, Music Therapy and other music-based interventions
  2. List clinical applications of music-based interventions and devise the appropriate approach for their implementation
  3. Recognize the potential benefits of introducing a music-based intervention in a clinical case
  4. Explain principles behind the techniques used by music therapists to treat speech deficits, motor deficit and cognitive and behavioral disorders.
  5. Identify the main actors of the multidisciplinary team needed for implementation of music-based interventions
  6. Discuss the challenges and solutions for implementing music-based interventions in the Middle East
  7. Examine cultural specificities to take into consideration to implement music-based intervention in the Middle East.


Target Audience

Physicians, Nurses, Allied Health Professionals, Pharmacists, Students, Researchers, Educators, Musicians, Music Therapists

Course Outline:  

Enduring Material: July 18 - December 31, 2021

The program includes an asynchronous, online enduring material of 11.50 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. The online enduring material includes 13 modules on the fundamentals of music-based interventions and you are expected to read, watch videos and answer a short quiz after each module. After completing the 13 modules you must sit for an online end of activity exam to complete this part of the program. The modules will be available on “Canvas” and you will be provided with a link and instructions once you register. The deadline for submitting all online modules is December 31, 2021

*Note: The asynchronous enduring material is considered category 2 by the Department of Healthcare Professions of the Ministry of Public Health.

Live Webinars (Part 1): September 12 – October 24, 2021

The program includes a series of live webinars. Part 1 will be a series of four live webinars, during which participants will interact with Music Therapists, Physicians, Researchers, Musicians and Educators from the Middle East and Europe to discuss various aspects of the multidisciplinary implementation of music-based interventions in countries where Music Therapists are scarce. 

  • Webinar 1: Current state of Music-based services in Qatar
  • Webinar 2: The difference between a musician and a music therapist
  • Webinar 3: Music Medicine in Hospitals
  • Webinar 4:Evaluation in music-based therapeutic interventions


Live Webinars (Part 2): November 7 - December 16, 2021

Part 2 is comprised of a series of five live webinars outlined below and will conclude with a live panel discussion:

  • Webinar 5: Music psychology in context of general psychology and development
  • Webinar 6: The therapeutic use of Music in crisis and pandemics
  • Webinar 7: A Music Therapy session
  • Webinar 8: Recognize some of the Neurologic Music Therapy techniques, their applications and the professional you can refer to.
  • Webinar 9: Music-based therapeutic interventions and new technologies.
  • Webinar 10: Panel discussion: “How do we start music-based interventions in Qatar?”.


WCM-Q CPD activities are intended to be evidence-based and free of commercial bias.If you have any concerns, please contact the division of Continuing Professional Development at 4492-8384 to anonymously express them.