Music and Public Health

A Nordic Perspective

  • Lars Ole Bonde
  • Töres Theorell

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Lars Ole Bonde, Töres Theorell
    Pages 1-12
  3. Epidemiological Research in Music and Public Health in the Nordic Countries

  4. Theoretical Perspectives on Music and Public Health

  5. Music as a Prophylactic Resource: Examples of Projects and Initiatives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 149-149
    2. Stine Lindahl Jacobsen, Helle Nystrup Lund, Lars Rye Bertelsen
      Pages 201-214
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 237-241

About this book


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.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Lars Ole Bonde
    • 1
  • Töres Theorell
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of communication and psychology, Center for Research in Music and Health, The Norwegian Academy of MusicAalborg UniversityAalborgDenmark
  2. 2.Karolinska Institute, Stress Research InstituteStockholm UniversityStockholmSweden

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-76239-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-76240-1
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