Researchers at the National Music Therapy Research Unit investigate the benefits and limits of the professional practices of music therapists working in mental health, aged care, disability services, schools, rehabilitation, hospitals and in the community. We seek both evidence and deeper understandings of how, why and to what degree music can be used to support growth and recovery even in the face of life challenging illness.
Music Psychology & Performance Science
Music psychologists explore the ways that music impacts our emotions, relationships, brain and bodies. We use a range of research approaches to measure and explore the connection between music and individuals, groups and society in order to better understand how music can promote health and wellbeing. Music performance science critically examines psychological, sociological and scientific research related to performing and creating music.
Music Education research at the Melbourne Conservatorium seeks to provide an increased and deepened understanding of how individuals develop wide-ranging musical skills. Research is conducted into the cognitive and social process involved in acquiring and applying musical competencies, and the personal and environmental factors that affect musical development, ability, identity, and wellbeing more generally.