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 is important 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.

Research in music and health at KMH is based on interdisciplinary approaches that include music as art, humanities and social and natural sciences.
Ann-Sofie Paulander, Senior Lecturer in Music Therapy

Contribute to our research

Is music only work for you, or also a resource for your own wellbeing?

If you are a music professional, please answer our survey Music as Profession and Healthexternal link.

By answering, you’ll support Nordic research on work-related coping and wellbeing of music professionals. Responding is anonymous and takes approximately 15 minutes.

More information/Research Group:
Finland (Jyväskylä University): Prof. Suvi Saarikallio
Denmark (Aalborg University): Prof. Lars Ole Bonde
Sweden (Royal College of Music): Prof. Eva Bojner Horwitz
Norway (Centre for Research in Music and Health): Prof. Karette Stensæth