Music as an Integral Part of “Culture on Prescription”

  • Stine Lindahl JacobsenEmail author
  • Helle Nystrup Lund
  • Lars Rye Bertelsen


Recent development within the field of arts and health in Denmark is presented, with the use of music in a specific “arts on prescription” model carried out in Aalborg Municipality. A brief overview of established arts and health strategies in the rest of Scandinavia and the UK is followed by an introduction to a Danish project called “Culture Vitamins.” The use of music and music intervention is presented in detail. “Music intervention” draws on two different fields from clinical practice, including “music medicine” and “music therapy.” Music medicine is mainly a stimulus-response-focused model, whereas music therapy is a psychodynamic-humanistic model focused on interpersonal communication. Finally, political issues, applicability, and future research options are discussed.


Arts on prescription Music listening Music medicine Music therapy Music Star 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stine Lindahl Jacobsen
    • 1
    Email author
  • Helle Nystrup Lund
    • 2
  • Lars Rye Bertelsen
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Communication and PsychologyAalborg UniversityAalborgDenmark
  2. 2.Aalborg University Hospital, PsychiatryAalborgDenmark
  3. 3.Aalborg University & Aalborg University Hospital PsychiatryAalborgDenmark

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