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Music, Health, and Wellbeing$
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Raymond MacDonald, Gunter Kreutz, and Laura Mitchell

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199586974

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199586974.001.0001

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

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

Chapter 14 Health Musicking: A Perspective on Music and Health as Action and Performance
Music, Health, and Wellbeing

Brynjulf Stige

Oxford University Press

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

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