Launch of The Music For Healthy Lives Network

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Mon, 12/11/2018

We’re delighted to announce the launch of the The Music for Healthy Lives Research and Practice Network on 9 November, which we developed in partnership with The School of Music at the University of Leeds. The Network was launched at the Society for Education and Music Psychology Research (SEMPRE) conference with the following mission statement:

Recent research has demonstrated that musical experience can have a positive impact on the overall health throughout one’s lifespan. This research has influenced the publication of the All Party Parliamentary Group publication of the Arts and Wellbeing strategy in 2017. Music promotes a sense of belonging, can regulate emotions and engage the brain, increasing social, mental and even physical resilience that can increase the likelihood of living healthy lives.

The Music for Healthy Lives Research and Practice Network is committed to providing further evidence to support the existing knowledge in this area, to promote and connect music practitioners to healthcare providers; and to increase cooperation and collaboration between the members of the network.

 The main objectives of the network are:

  • To connect music and health practitioners to share knowledge and practice
  • To unify strengths to amplify the impact of our collective research and practice
  • To develop music and wellbeing provision and match this to the health needs of the population
  • To identify shared goals and challenges
  • To develop meaningful research questions grounded in practice
  • To provide opportunities for Continuing Professional Development

Following the launch, our Head of Research, Craig Robertson, reflected that the conference was: “Highly relevant to Nordoff Robbins’ commitment to engaging with the wider music research community. The network was very well received, with expressions of commitment given by new partner organisations, and there was a palpable enthusiasm for our proposed ethos of sharing, openness and collaboration.”

We were well-represented at the conference with our Head of Research, Craig Robertson, Director of Music Services, Dr Simon Procter, Head of Training, Allison Hornblower and Head of Music Services, David Robinson in attendance, along with collaborators from the School of Music in Leeds. Simon also took part in the closing panel for the conference, where he shared his expertise in this field.

Visit the Music For Healthy Lives website to find out more.