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Music, Health and Happiness

Level 1 (CQFW Level 4), 10 Credits.

Available Dates:

We have 1 upcoming course

15 April 2014
(Tuesdays from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm)
Download Enrolment Form
10 weekly meetings
Dr Clive Wood
Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning
Senghennydd Road
CF24 4AG
Tel: 029 2087 0000
Fax: 029 2066 8935
£140.00 (Concessionary Fee £112.00)

Please note: This course has started but may still have places available. Call us on: (029) 2087 0000 to find out about late availability.


We all know how music can change our mood. But recent research shows that it can also create major benefits for both our mental and physical health. Solo music can regulate your breathing, your brain waves and your blood supply. Choirs produce a sense of well-being and music therapy can help people with severe health problems. This ‘hands-on’ course explores the latest research and also invites you to experience ways of breathing, chanting and drumming for yourself. You can also listen to music from across the world and across the centuries. You need no previous musical knowledge or skills. Just come along and try it!

Who is this course for?

This course is intended for anyone who wishes to explore how and why music can enrich our life and can help benefit our mental and physical health.

Learning and Teaching

Learning and teaching are undertaken by means of small group work. This is a 10-credit course, so there will be two-hour meetings once a week (20 contact hours in all) which will include discussions, practical and listening exercises and vocal/breathing/drumming workshop sessions. The aim is ensure that the classes are enjoyable and stimulating for all.

Coursework and Assessment

To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved. Some of this has to be in a form that can be shown to external examiners so that we can be absolutely sure that standards are met across all courses and subjects.

There are no formal examinations. Our assessments are flexible to suit the course and the student. Assessment for this module is through practical and written exercises and/or a course learning journal.

The most important element of assessment is that it should enhance your learning. Our methods are designed to increase your confidence and we try very hard to devise ways of assessing you that are enjoyable and suitable for adults with busy lives.


The tutor will recommend titles, as appropriate.

Library and Computing Facilities

As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University library and computing facilities. You can find out more about these facilities on our website under Student Information, or by ringing the Centre on
(029) 2087 0000.

Accessibility of Courses

Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and Dyslexia screening. Please contact the Centre on (029) 2087 0000 for an information leaflet.

Further Information

A range of further information can be found on our web site or in Choices. This includes the times and dates of courses and an explanation of accreditation and credit levels.