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.