Music Therapy Symposium 13 november 2020

The Music Therapy Symposium – research and clinical intervention, is arranged by the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, Karolinska Institutet and Royal Swedish Academy of Music. The symposium will be completely digital, the earlier announced on site participation is replaced with the live broadcast. The symposium is held in English.

Registration is closed

The symposium is fully booked.

Digital participation

The live broadcast is free of charge, but registration is needed.

As a result of the stricter restrictions due to the spread of Covid-19 in the Stockholm region, we have chosen to replace on site participation with digital, Zoom, and you will all receive separate information via e-mail.


Our guide and moderator will be Eva Bojner Horwitz, Professor in Music and Health, Royal College of Music in Stockholm/Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm.

Prepare to sit in a quiet place, mute your mic and the use chat for upcomings question during the day. We will see how to use it in the time to follow up.



  • Music performed by students from the Royal College of Music in Stockholm
  • Fredrik Wetterqvist, Chairman for Olu-Birgit Jeppsons fond, Permanent Secretary at The Royal Swedish Academy of Music, Stockholm


Music therapy at Karolinska Institutet and the Royal College of Music:

  • Ole Petter Ottersen, President at Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm
  • Helena Wessman, Vice-Chancellor at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm



  • Eva Bojner Horwitz, moderator


Keynote: Music therapy research and social neuroscience approaches – how to investigate attunement and intersubjective experiences in music therapy:

  • Jörg Fachner, Professor Music, Health and the Brain, Cambridge Institute for Music Therapy Research




The Process of Developing Music therapy Methods: clinical practice, theoretical perspectives and research:

  • Margareta Wärja, PhD, Lic Psychotherapist, Music and expressive arts therapist, Stockholm
  • Jonatan Lindner, Music Therapist MA, BSc in Social Work, Örebro


Pros and cons with knowledge in music and music therapy as an integrated part of the future education of health care professional:

  • Louise Eulau, PhD., Nurse, Musicologist and Director of Studies at Sophiahemmet University, Stockholm
  • Annika Östman Wernerson, Professor in Kidney and Transplantation Science, Academic Vice President of Higher Education at Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm


Break for lunch. Zoom open, possibilities to communicate through chat function.

13.00-13.15 Music

  • Music performed by students from the Royal College of Music in Stockholm


Music therapy within interdisciplinary rehabilitation for adult acquired brain injury:

  • Alison Godbolt, MD, consultant University Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Danderyd Hospital
  • Ingrid Hammarlund, Music Therapist MA, supervisor
  • Marianne Wallin, music therapist MA, Chair of the Swedish association of Music Therapy


Promoting health with music therapy – two theses within neonatal and pediatric care:

  • Alexandra Ullsten, PhD, Music and Art Therapist, Centralsjukhuset Karlstad, Region Värmland & Affiliated Researcher, School of Health Sciences, Örebro University
  • Lena Uggla, PhD, Music Therapist, GIM Therapist, KI and Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm




How can music therapy help the severely sick child:

  • Britt Gustafsson, Pediatrician, Adjunct Professor Karolinska Institutet
  • Ingrid Van`t Hooft, registered neuropsychologist, PhD, Karolinska Institutet
  • Noomi Säfsten, Music Therapist BA, Supervisor
  • Klas Blomgren, Pediatrician, Professor Karolinska Institutet


Music therapy and music-centered care for older persons – evidence and experiences:

  • Katarina Lindblad, Music Therapist MA, and PhD student in musicology at Örebro University
  • Lis Jacobsson, Music Therapist BA, supervisor, project leader in elderly care services, City of Sundbyberg
  • Staffan Josephsson, Professor of Occupational Therapy at the Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society, Karolinska Institutet


Time to fold up: Questions and discussions with Ann-Sofie Paulander and Pia Bygdéus.

  • Ann-Sofie Paulander, PhD in Music Education, Music Therapist MA, Senior Lecturer in Music Therapy, Royal College of Music in Stockholm
  • Pia Bygdéus, PhD in Music Education, Senior Lecturer in Music Education at Linnaeus university, Reserach Secretary at the Royal Swedish Academy of Music, Chair of Swedish Society for Music Research


What is MusikBojen:

  • Claire Rosvall, founder



  • Eva Bojner Horwitz, moderator
  • Music performed by students from the Royal College of Music in Stockholm


This is the fourth Music Therapy Symposium. Initiator is Olu-Birgit Jeppssons Fund at the Royal Swedish Academy of Music. The fund has representatives from KI, KMH and KMA, and the responsibility for the event alters between the three institutions.

Symposium project manager: Pia Bygdéus, KMA

With support from RainWell.