The Fellowship of Health Musicking: A Model to Promote Health and Well-Being

  • Kari Bjerke Batt-RawdenEmail author


This chapter discusses a new approach to promoting health and quality of life in local contexts by learning participants to use music as a ‘technology’ of health and self-care through the steps and actions of The Fellowship of Health Musicking Model. The main purpose of this chapter is to increase knowledge as to how musical activities can promote mental and somatic health, hence to be considered important in public health matters, and, secondly, how The Fellowship of Musicking Model may be used as a health-promoting initiative. The model builds on a novel musical health promotion procedure developed by the author in 2007 as part of a PhD project. The aims of the study were, firstly, to explore the role and significance of music in the life of men and women with long-term illnesses in or through different life phases, situations, events, issues, and contexts and, secondly, to increase knowledge on how participants, through exposure to and exchange of new musical materials and practices, may learn to use music as a ‘technology of self’ in relation to health and healing. The longitudinal study involved 9 men and 13 women, aged between 35 and 65, and was a pragmatic synthesis of elements of ethnography, grounded theory and action research (This chapter includes both published and unpublished material from the PhD thesis (Batt-Rawden 2007). Eight in-depth interviews were conducted with each participant, and open narratives were elicited from each of them, using a topic guide, two single CDs and four double compilations. Through involvement in the steps and actions of this model, self-awareness and consciousness may be enhanced through the informal learning process and, hence, be adopted as a coping strategy independent of age, gender, diagnoses, illnesses and cultural differences. Health benefits from musicking may reduce stress, anxiety, depression and the need for medication, building coping capabilities, social inclusion and renewed strength. The model may contribute to a wider understanding of musical activities as a method or strategy in public health, health promotion and rehabilitation.


Public health Health promotion Health musicking Model Fellowship Community Social capital Coping 


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  1. 1.Department of Health ScienceNTNUGjøvikNorway

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