Music, Society and Mental Wellbeing: A Day Seminar

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Event details

Event date: 
4 June 2014
Event duration: 
6hrs 15mins
Type of event: 
Discussion / debate / seminar
Target audience and any restrictions: 
Practitioners, academics, researchers and students from music therapy and music & health fields are welcome.
Over 18s only
Access for wheelchair users: 
Venue name: 
Nordoff Robbins London Centre
2 Lissenden Gardens


Ticket availability: 
Limited places
Email address to reserve a place:
Telephone number to reserve a place: 
020 7267 4496

About the event

How does music therapy in mental health settings account for itself in relation to the medical model – given the diversity of its practices, and of accounts by people on music therapy’s value for them? How does music therapy link to alternative models such as recovery and empowerment? How do economic and political agendas for individualised wellbeing speak to academic discourses of communal health and wellbeing? How can music be reclaimed as a central force for re-humanising culture? How can music and the arts contribute to a broader articulation to challenge the dominant political discourse on provision of public healthcare services?

Drawing from his ethnographic study of music therapy in a community mental health setting, Simon Procter’s keynote address engages with questions regarding the politics of valuing music and health; with responses by Tia DeNora and Gary Ansdell, embedded in their collaborative study of music therapy in a non-medical mental health centre.

The afternoon session focuses on two case studies, portraying music therapists’ work with people with mental health conditions, and how this work is reported in evaluation outcomes.


Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy
Giorgos Tsiris
020 7267 4496


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