Conceptions of Music, Health, and Wellness
Key Terms: discourse; engagement; lifecourse; music and health, participation, well-being
Lead: Roger Mantie
Collaborator: Lloyd McArton
About the Project
Interest in the wellness potential of music engagement has exploded in the past two decades. Once the sole domain of music therapy, the field of music in/and health now includes an array of practitioners who are described using terms such as “health musicians” and “health musicking.” While the discipline of music therapy has codified many aspects of its practice, the broader field of music and health exhibits a variety of conceptual and theoretical perspectives. This project examines the discourse and practice of music, health, and wellness as it exists outside of music therapy. Specifically, it considers the possible ways musical engagement and participation relate to conceptions of health and well-being from a lifecourse perspective.