PART ONE: EPIDEMIOLOGICAL RESEARCH IN MUSIC AND PUBLIC HEALTH IN THE NORDIC COUNTRIES
PART TWO: THEORY
PART THREE: MUSIC AS A PROPHYLACTIC RESOURCE - CLINICAL/PRACTICAL PUBLIC HEALTH INITIATIVES
From the Nordic countries (Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland) comes an exciting source of theoretical approaches, epidemiological findings, and real-life examples regarding the therapeutic and health-enhancing effects of music. Experts across fields including psychology, neurology, music therapy, medicine, and public health review research on the benefits of music in relieving physiological, psychological, and socioemotional dysfunction. Chapters link musical experiences (listening and performing, as well as involvement in movement, dance, and theatre) to a wide range of clinical and non-clinical objectives such as preventing isolation, regulating mood, reducing stress and its symptoms, and treating dementia. And the book's section on innovative music-based interventions illustrates opportunities for incorporating musical activities into public health programs.
Among the topics covered are:
- Associations between the use of music, cultural participation and health-related outcomes in adult Scandinavian populations
- Music practice and emotion handling
- How music translates itself biologically in the body
- Music as a forum for social-emotional health
- Participation and partnership as core concepts in music and public health
- Music therapy as health promotion for mothers and children at a public health clinic
Music and Public Health will gain interested readers among researchers, teachers, students, and clinicians in the fields of music education and therapy, as well as researchers and students of public health who are interested in the influence of culture and the arts. The book also will be relevant to administrators in public health services.
Lars Ole Bonde, PhD, is professor of Music Therapy at Aalborg University in Denmark. He also is professor of Music and Health at the Center for Research in Music and Health at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, Norway.
Töres Theorell, MD, PhD, is a physician with specialty in internal medicine, cardiology, and social medicine. Dr. Theorell was professor of Psychosocial Medicine at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden from 1995 to 2006. After retirement, he has been working as scientific consultant at the Stress Research Institute at the University of Stockholm in Sweden. He also is an amateur musician.