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Research Network for Music and Health

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Research Network for Music and Health

Promoting a developing community in the fields of music, health and wellbeing

The Research Network for Music and Health coordinates and promotes a developing community of academic staff and PG students active in the fields of music, health & wellbeing (including the sub-fields of music in the community, therapeutic music-making and music therapy).

The network involves interdisciplinary collaboration between scholars from Music and Audio Technology, the School of Arts, School of Psychology, and Medway School of Pharmacy in addition to a growing national and international network of academics, healthcare professionals and non-higher education partners.

Current topics of inquiry include the potential health benefits of singing, the role of participatory arts (music and sound) in enhancing the psychological wellbeing of autistic adolescents and girls, music improvisation as a collaborative practice and route to wellbeing, the potential health benefits of singing, self-regulatory uses of music as a preventative health technology in everyday life.

Members: Dr Paul Fretwell, Prof Grenville Hancox (Hon Prof), Dr Ruth Herbert (Chair), Trish Vella Burrows (CCCU), Dr Jackie Walduck.