Music Health and Wellbeing

Music Health and Wellbeing brings together the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music’s research leadership in music therapy, music psychology and music education. Music therapy is the application of this knowledge in professional practice with people in hospitals, schools and community settings. Music psychology provides foundational understandings about how and why music can be used to influence the mind, the body and our relationships with others. Together, these disciplines contribute novel solutions to some of the most challenging health and wellbeing problems facing society. 

Music Therapy

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

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.

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