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Music, Health, and Wellbeing

Raymond MacDonald, Gunter Kreutz, and Laura Mitchell


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 ... More

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

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199586974
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199586974.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Raymond MacDonald, editor
Professor of Music Psychology and Improvisation, Glasgow Caledonian University, UK

Gunter Kreutz, editor
Professor of Systematic Musicology, Department of Music, Carl von Ossietzky University, Germany

Laura Mitchell, editor
Assistant Professor of Psychology, Bishop's University, Canada

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Section 1 Introductory Chapters: Setting the Scene

Chapter 1 What is Music, Health, and Wellbeing and Why is it Important?

Raymond MacDonald, Gunter Kreutz, and Laura Mitchell

Chapter 4 Music Therapy: Models and Interventions

Gro Trondalen and Lars Ole Bonde

Section 2 Community Music and Public Health

Section 3 Music as Therapy and Health Promotion

Chapter 12 Music and Rehabilitation: Neurological Approaches

A. Blythe LaGasse and Michael H. Thaut

Chapter 18 The Use of Music in Chronic Illness: Evidence and Arguments

Maria Pothoulaki, Raymond MacDonald, and Paul Flowers

Chapter 19 Music as Non-Pharmacological Pain Management in Clinics*

Günther Bernatzky, Simon Strickner, Michaela Presch, Franz Wendtner, and Werner Kullich

Section 4 Educational Contexts

Chapter 24 Health Promotion in Higher Music Education

Jane Ginsborg, Claudia Spahn, and Aaron Williamon

Section 5 Everyday Uses

Chapter 27 Music, Subjective Wellbeing, and Health: The Role of Everyday Emotions

Daniel Västfjäll, Patrik N. Juslin, and Terry Hartig

Chapter 30 Psychoneuroendocrine Research on Music and Health: An Overview

Gunter Kreutz, Cynthia Quiroga Murcia, and Stephan Bongard

Chapter 33 Pop Music Subcultures and Wellbeing

Adrian C. North and David J. Hargreaves

Chapter 34 Music Listening and Mental Health: Variations on Internalizing Psychopathology

Dave Miranda, Patrick Gaudreau, Régine Debrosse, Julien Morizot, and Laurence J. Kirmayer