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Health Musicking: A Perspective on Music and Health as Action and Performance

Brynjulf Stige

in Music, Health, and Wellbeing

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199586974
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738357 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199586974.003.0014
Health Musicking: A Perspective on Music and Health as Action and Performance

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The notion of health musicking was originally developed in a discussion of music therapy theory, but is offered in this chapter as a possible framework for a broader interdisciplinary area of music, health, and wellbeing. The notion draws our attention to human action and the performance of relationships. Health has been conceptualized in dramaturgical terms, which does not imply that biological processes are unimportant but that these processes are experienced and interpreted within sociocultural contexts. Investigations of relationships between music and health could not be reduced to the study of the direct effect of musical parameters but must also focus upon people's use of the musical and paramusical features of a situation. Taking this interplay between musical and paramusical elements into consideration, health musicking is described as the appraisal and appropriation of the health affordances of arena, agenda, agents, activities, and artefacts of a music practice.

Keywords: music therapy; music; health-related music; wellbeing

Chapter.  7995 words. 

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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