Professional course Introduction to Guided Imagery using Music

Entry year
Course code
Professional/Short Course
Health and Social Sciences
Course Director
Professor Leslie Bunt

15 credit Masters level module

Page last updated 4 October 2021


This module incorporates the content of the first level of a Bonny Method of GIM training. Although it does not equip you to practise the Bonny Method of GIM in full (for which further levels of training are required), the module does stand alone as a complete learning experience and will allow healthcare practitioners, therapists, educators and community musicians to incorporate receptive approaches within their own practice.

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On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a detailed understanding of receptive (listening) approaches using music as part of a therapeutic practice.
  • Demonstrate a detailed understanding of the use of imagery and different levels of consciousness when listening to music.
  • Critically evaluate a range of different receptive approaches for work in varying therapeutic contexts.
  • Critically evaluate the potential implementation of a range of basic receptive approaches within their own work setting.
  • Demonstrate a critical awareness of the boundaries and limitations of the student's own practice when using receptive approaches.
  • Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music.

Careers / Further study

Credits for this module can be used for progression to the MA Therapeutic Music Studies. It can also lead to Level 1 in the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music.



Introduction to Receptive Approaches:

  • Projective listening
  • Relaxed listening
  • Directed music imaging
  • Undirected music imaging

Level 1 Bonny Method of GIM:

  • Definition and core elements
  • History of method
  • Indications and contraindications for use
  • Introduction to Inductions
  • Introduction to Guiding
  • Structure of sessions
  • Ethics and standards of practice
  • Different levels of consciousness
  • Imagery experiences
  • Use of music to evoke imagery
  • Beginning programmes

Experiential content:

  • Group experience of imaging to music
  • Experiences of guiding and being guided
  • Use of other art forms for processing experiences
  • Demonstrations from trainers

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods will be adapted to the cohort size but will include the learning experiences listed below.

Scheduled learning - the workshops will include seminars, demonstrations, lectures, small group activities, individual and paired work and group discussions.

Independent learning includes hours engaged with essential reading, further reading, reflective writing and self-directed study, preparation for lectures and in-class activities, and assignment preparation and completion. You will be required to become familiar with the music recommended for this kind of receptive work.

Study time

This module involves experiential delivery in the form of face-to-face workshops with music therapy staff who will be Fellows of the Association of Music and Imagery specialising in the Bonny Method of GIM.

The course also makes up the required hours for Level I in the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery in Music (GIM). However, further levels of training are required to practise the Bonny Method of GIM in full.

This module generates 150 hours of study time, 50 hours of which will be spent on formal contact time in seminars and workshops. You will be expected to spend:

  • 35 hours completing the coursework assignments
  • 65 hours on independent reading.


Summative assessment of all learning outcomes aims to capture in a thorough way the main competencies and aspects of critical understanding which are required for M-level. The assignments will involve reflective practice as well as presentation and discussion with examiners and peers in order to demonstrate the integration of theory and practice and to allow you creative ways of integrating complex thinking and practice. These assignments will therefore involve a reflective journal of 2,000 words and a viva presentation of 40 minutes maximum consisting of a presentation and discussion/questions.

Formative assessment/feedback provides opportunities for you to gain feedback on your developing understandings and knowledge and their critical evaluation skills. These will be embedded throughout the module, in group discussions and small group activities.

You will be required to share your understandings and skills with teaching staff, and teaching staff will provide you with feedback on the appropriateness/level of your understandings and skills. Component A has a heavier weighting as the viva presentation will allow the assessment of a wider range of proficiencies than a written reflective record.

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