The Faculty of Medicine of Sousse hosted on January 8 the first face-to-face course of the professional master's degree in music therapy intervention. This is the "first Tunisian master's degree in music therapy, the first master's of its kind in the Arab world that we believe its success will be decisive" according to Mr. Wassim Jomaa, doctor in musicology and coordinator of said master.
This unprecedented training is the result of a collaboration between the University of Sousse and the Nantes Institute of Muscotherapy. Upon completion, successful candidates will have a double degree in partnership with the same institute, the Nantes Faculty of Medicine (France), the Faculty of Medicine of Sousse (Tunisia) and the Higher Institute of Music of Sousse.
The first exchanges between these actors began in 2015. "Years of work, of warm exchanges, in openness, trust in others, respect for differences, mutual enrichment. Links that are forged, friendships that are created and strengthened through meetings and times shared", said François-Xavier Vrait, director of the Nantes Institute of Music Therapy.
Among the objectives of this master's degree, is the acquisition of skills in music, in particular musical improvisation, active and receptive music therapy, as well as in the neurophysiology of music. On the other hand, it aims to provide students with the necessary basics in psychology, psychiatry and psychology. Ultimately, applicants should have the necessary professional development and access to research in the field of music therapy and art therapy more broadly.
For the first promotion of this master's degree, 24 candidates were selected, coming from such varied backgrounds: doctors, medical residents, university hospitals, psychomotor therapists, musicians, psychologists... all sharing the enthusiasm and motivation to be part of the first generation of music therapists trained in Tunisia. They initially submitted an online application, followed by a psychotechnical test held at the Higher Institute of Music in Sousse in July 2020. The evolution of the COVID19 pandemic delayed the launch of the teaching that finally took place online last year on November 27th.
The training will last 2 years and the students will have to prepare a thesis at the end of their studies. The teaching is versatile and will cover fields as varied as psychology, psychiatry, human rights, music. In addition to the theoretical component, the students will do practical internships with the masters' partners such as: National Association of Musicotherapy, Tunisian Association Psycho-trauma, Tunisian Red Crescent, Association of Arrazi Music Therapy Meetings...
During the first initial contact session, Mr. Wassim Jomma clarified that this is not a master's degree in music therapy per se, but rather a master's "in music therapy intervention". Thus, its outcome is to train professionals who will be able to intervene as music therapists, music therapy workshop animators or even artistic mediators.
This is certainly an incredible and promising achievement for Tunisian patients for whom the indication for music therapy sessions has been asked, more generally for Tunisian health and elsewhere because, it should be noted that among the selected candidates, we already have an Algerian friend