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Music, Health, and Wellbeing

Edited by Raymond MacDonald, Gunter Kreutz and Laura Mitchell

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199586974
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738357 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199586974.001.0001
Music, Health, and Wellbeing

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The great saxophonist Charlie Parker once proclaimed ‘if you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn’. This quote has often been used to explain the hedonistic lifestyle of many jazz greats, but it also signals the reciprocal and inextricable relationship between music and wider social, cultural, and psychological variables. This link is complex and multifaceted and is undoubtedly a central component of why music has been implicated as a therapeutic agent in vast swathes of contemporary research studies. Music is always about more than just acoustic events or notes on a page. Music has a universal and timeless potential to influence how we feel. Yet, only recently, have researchers begun to explore and understand the positive effects that music can have on our wellbeing — across a range of cultures and musical genres. This book brings together research from music psychology, therapy, public health, and medicine, to explore the relationship between music, health, and wellbeing. It presents a range of chapters to give an account of recent advances and applications in both clinical and non-clinical practice and research. Some of the questions explored include: what is the nature of the scientific evidence to support the relationship between music, health, and wellbeing? What are the current views from different disciplines on empirical observations and methodological issues concerning the effects of musical interventions on health-related processes? What are the mechanisms which drive these effects and how can they be utilized for building robust theoretical frameworks for future work?

Keywords: music; jazz; musical genres; music psychology; therapy; health; wellbeing; musical interventions

Book.  568 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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Music Therapy: Models and Interventions in Music, Health, and Wellbeing

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The New Health Musicians in Music, Health, and Wellbeing

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Singing, Wellbeing, and Health in Music, Health, and Wellbeing

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