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Music, Health and Wellbeing

Exploring Music for Health Equity and Social Justice

  • Naomi Sunderland
  • Natalie Lewandowski
  • Dan Bendrups
  • Brydie-Leigh Bartleet
  • Argues that health and wellbeing should be accessible to everyone

  • Highlights how musicians and music facilitators have a unique role to play in promoting health and music for all

  • Examining how the benefits of music making and arts practice can influence individual and societal health and wellbeing outcomes


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Naomi Sunderland, Natalie Lewandowski, Dan Bendrups, Brydie-Leigh Bartleet
    Pages 1-15
  3. Stephen Clift, Rebekah Gilbert, Trish Vella-Burrows
    Pages 97-120
  4. Naomi Sunderland, Lauren Istvandity, Ali Lakhani, Caroline Lenette
    Pages 121-137
  5. Dan Bendrups, Donald Stewart, Joko Susilo
    Pages 155-175
  6. Brydie-Leigh Bartleet, Naomi Sunderland, Ali Lakhani
    Pages 201-226
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 289-303

About this book


This book explores the power music has to address health inequalities and the social determinants of health and wellbeing. It examines music participation as a determinant of wellbeing and as a transformative tool to impact on wider social, cultural and environmental conditions. Uniquely, in this volume health and wellbeing outcomes are conceptualised on a continuum, with potential effects identified in relation to individual participants, their communities but also society at large. While arts therapy approaches have a clear place in the text, the emphasis is on music making outside of clinical contexts and the broader roles musicians, music facilitators and educators can play in enhancing wellbeing in a range of settings beyond the therapy room. This innovative edited collection will be of great interest to scholars and practitioners of music, social services, medical humanities, education and the broader health field in the social and medical sciences.


Health Sociology Wellbeing Music facilitators Arts therapy health equity social determinants of health Music Therapy health promotion Depression and music Rama and the Worm Music as a global resource Medical ethnomusicology Music and Social Care Music and Medicine

Editors and affiliations

  • Naomi Sunderland
    • 1
  • Natalie Lewandowski
    • 2
  • Dan Bendrups
    • 3
  • Brydie-Leigh Bartleet
    • 4
  1. 1.Griffith UniversityMeadowbrookAustralia
  2. 2.Queensland ConservatoriumGriffith UniversitySouth BrisbaneAustralia
  3. 3.Latrobe UniversityVICAustralia
  4. 4.Queensland ConservatoriumGriffith UniversitySouth BrisbaneAustralia

About the editors

Naomi Sunderland is Senior Lecturer in the School of Human Services and Social Work at the Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre, Griffith University, Australia.

Dan Bendrups is a Lecturer in the Research Education and Development team at Latrobe University, Australia. He has produced numerous publications on music and heritage, performance research theory and practice.

Natalie Lewandowski is the editor of Screen Sound Journal – The Australasian Journal of Soundtrack Studies, she teaches in screen sound, public and media relations and Australian contemporary art.

Brydie-Leigh Bartleet is Director of the Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre Griffith University, Australia and Co-Chair of the International Society for Music Education’s Community Music Activities Commission.

Bibliographic information


“Through its ability to touch our fundamental humanity, music has a role to play not simply in individual, but also in public health and in health inequalities. It can encourage people … to embrace the social and political changes that will move us towards a fairer and healthier world. Whether it actually does so will depend on the social purpose and political commitment of musicians and their educators.” (Professor Richard Wilkinson, Emeritus Professor of Social Epidemiology, University of Nottingham)