- Date and time Fri 10 Mar 2023 from 9:00am to 11 Mar 2023 at 8:00pm
- Location Royal Society of Medicine
- Organised by Psychiatry
Join us for this two day event on music and medicine with UK and international speakers and facilitators.
The first day will be a conference, with talks and panel discussions, going through the neuroscience and psychology of music, and the evidence for clinical interventions in general medicine and psychiatry. There will an overview of the history of the use of music in medicine, and future possibilities will also be discussed.
The second day of the meeting will be an experiential day, consisting of workshops allowing participants to explore in greater depth particular themes of interest for them. This might be the integration of music in clinical practice, bringing music in medical education, or the practice of music therapy in various settings, such as trauma, and integrative work, neuropsychiatry, neurodisability, or dementia, all using different musical modalities.
There will be work on conflict and reconciliation, as well as easing the wounds of war and displacement, and the opportunity to learn more about the social and public health impact of musicians. Active participation and music-making will be encouraged throughout the workshops and there will be musical interludes during both days.
Key learnings attendees will gain about music and medicine:
- Learn the history and current state of affairs.
- Find out more about clinical practice and outcome studies.
- Look into research in neuroscience and psychology.
- Explore theories and future possibilities.
The purpose of this meeting is to provide an overview of the history of the fruitful interface between music and medicine, with a particular focus in emotional and experiential dimensions, going on to describe current practices, research and evidence, as well as considering future possibilities. This is a two day event, with the first day being a conference and the second day experiential workshops.
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View the programme 10 March 2023
View the programme 11 March 2023
Music and trauma: Mending the wounds of war
Professor Nigel Osborne, Composer, University of Edinburgh
Creative practice: Ideas for educating the next generation in arts and health
Dr Lisa Wong, Assistant Clinical Director, Arts and Humanities Initiative, Harvard Medical School, Professor Aaron Williamon, Professor of Performance Science, Royal College of Music and Dr Flora Smyth Zahra, Clinical Senior Lecturer in Interdisciplinarity and Innovation Dental Education, Kings College London
The voice and the psyche: Sounds of the self
Tina Warnock, Vocal Psychotherapist, Post Graduate Researcher, Anglia Ruskin University, Founder and Director, Belltree Music Therapy and Professor Helen Odell-Miller OBE, Professor of Music Therapy and Director, Cambridge Institute for Music Therapy Research
Song as medicine: Metabolizing the ambiguous grief of adult children of refugees
Linda Thai, Mental Health Clinician, Storyteller, and Educator, Trauma Research Foundation
Medical music therapy approaches across the life span - NICU-MT, neurologic music therapy and MATADOC
Kasia Sikora-Black, Music Therapist, Director, Culture Development and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead, Chiltern Music Therapy and Rosie Axon, Director, Life Support, Corporate Connector and Designated Safeguarding Lead, Chiltern Music Therapy
Sound affects - the therapeutic altered states of consciousness induced by sound and music
Lyz Cooper, Founder and Principal, British Academy of Sound Therapy
Teenagers, tech and trauma: Exploring the role of music therapy in adolescent mental health and recovery
Jonathan Cousins-Booth, Director of Education and Professional Affairs, British Association for Music Therapy
The music of healing: Let the circle be wide
Tommy Sands, Folk Singer, Songwriter, Radio Broadcaster, and Political Activist and Professor Gabriel Scally, Associate Fellow, Institute for Public Policy
Building a musical toolkit for clinical practice
Dr Lisa Wong, Associate Co-Director, Arts and Humanities Initiative, Harvard Medical School, Katya Herman, Great Ormond Street and Professor Suzanne Hanser, Chair Emerita, Berklee College of Music
Community-based music-making for wellbeing: Insights from musicians working in socially engaged practice, and implications for medical practice
Professr John Sloboda, OBE, Research Professor, Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Dr Jo Gibson, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Research Associate, The International Centre for Community Music, York St John University
Music and emotions
Dr Simon Procter, Director of Music Services (Education, Research and Public Affairs), Nordoff Robbins
Music therapy for dementia
Adrienne Freeman, Music Therapist, Barnet Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust and Alison Gabriel
Music, heart rate variability, and a cure for depression
Vera Brandes, Research Director, Paracelsus Medical University Salzburg
Integrating music therapy in the health services
Registration for this event will close at 1:00am on Thursday 9 March 2023. Late registrations will not be accepted.
The agenda is subject to change at any time
If the event is recorded, we are only able to share presentations that we have received permission to share. There is no guarantee that all sessions will be available after the event, this is at the presenter’s and RSM’s discretion.
All views expressed at this event are of the speakers themselves and not of the Royal Society of Medicine, nor the speaker's organisations.
This event will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be distributed in future on various internet channels.