Partnerships for Health Musicking: A Case for Connecting Music Therapy and Public Health Practices

  • Brynjulf StigeEmail author


In this chapter, we explore relationships between music therapy and public health practice, and I argue that it is about time that we examine these relationships more actively. The notion of public health that I employ is based in the human rights and includes but goes beyond population-oriented prevention of disease to include healthy public policy across sectors in society. With reference to recent practice developments in Norway, I argue that the development of music therapy services in clinics might be connected to an increased focus on music as a public health resource as well. I try to contribute theoretically to an understanding of such relationships through elaboration of the notions of health musicking and partnership. These notions are used to contextualize the request for user involvement and collaboration that supports the relevance of music as a health resource in contemporary societies. The argument is based in a broad conceptualization of music therapy research and scholarship, to include various health-related practices of music, within clinics and communities.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Grieg Academy Music Therapy Research CentreUniversity of BergenBergenNorway

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