Music and Health

KMH develops research in the field of music and health, which can be described as studying and exploring in a diverse way with music in focus its ability to promote human health and well-being.

Music plays an important role in our daily lives. Music can awaken memories and make us feel in harmony with our feelings, it helps us express them and communicate with others. Often we are not aware of how we are influenced by music. But research at KMH shows, among other things, how music programs can be used in a music therapeutic perspective to promote well-being and quality of life in health care. The research results in this field are also sought and traded in, for example, healthcare, rehabilitation, social work, habilitation and special education.

Music and it's importance to health

Social psychology and evolutionary aspects of music have in recent years contributed to increased knowledge about the relationship between music and human health and well-being.

Knowledge has grown due to the exploration of psychological, physiological, cultural and behavioural effects that are relevant to health and well-being.

Music is a health-promoting factor that can contribute to positive social effects and by using various methods such as evaluation of flow, benevolence, compassionate behavior, emotional assessments among other factors, music can be a rich contribution to the benefits of our society.

Eva Bojner Horwitz

Knowledge formation in music and health

Listening to music can facilitate improvement of cognitive skills and emotional intelligence, which are key antecedents of learning. Music listening can also improve auditory perception and memory which is an important part of taking care of one-self. Health and learning are interrelated and in the concept of “Knowledge concerts” we are developing a new arena for audiences to take part in seminars in relation to health. Emotions are an important part of the knowledge concerts and the emotional evocativeness of music means that music could serve as a facilitator of knowledge acquisition.

Research in music and health

Research in music and health integrate the humanities and art with science, technology, mathematics, education and medicine. The field of music and health is intra-, inter- and transdisciplinary, and the different research projects are published in scientific journals.

The research field is very broad and can be divided in the following themes. Each of theme will guide you to a publication.


Choir music and CovidPDF

Music in HospicePDF

Music and Autism

Funeral musicPDF

Performance EvaluationPDF

Sound scapes and healthPDF

Musicians in ResidencePDF

Taking care of the musicianPDF

Music and motivationPDF

Knowledge concerts and #metoo

Singhealth in schools

KMH's research environment in music and health

Active research collaboration are fostered with University of Georgetown, Harvard Medical School, Helsinki University, Turku University of Applied Sciences, Aalborg university, Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, Ben Guiron University in Israel, Kings College in London and others.