Thursday, 22 October 2015

Music as a preventive strategy for public health: a one day seminar 23 October 2015 Glasgow @ScotMusicHealth

The Scottish Music and Health Network is holding an event 'Music as a preventive strategy for public health' on Friday 23 October 2015 from 10:00 to 16:30 in the Technology and Innovation Centre, 99 George Street, Glasgow G1 1RD

A day of presentations highlighting current research around using music to maintain health and wellbeing, and examples of practice in this area from around Scotland and elsewhere. The event is aimed at music practitioners, healthcare professionals, academics and interested members of the public.

Presenters will include: Svend Einar-Brown (Big Big Sing), Shelly Coyne (Giving It Laldie), Allan Farmer (WHALE Arts), Dr Tara French (Glasgow School of Art), Chris Harkins (Glasgow Centre for Population Health), and Dr Douglas Lonie (BOP Consulting).  Full programme details & timings will be available shortly.


The Scottish Music and Health Network (SMHN) is a collaboration between Edinburgh and Glasgow Caledonian Universities, funded by the Carnegie Trust to facilitate high-impact research on links between music and health. As well as maintaining communication between researchers, practitioners and public through these webpages, SMHN programmes events in order to publicise and inspire new research in this field. SMHN’s objectives are:

  • To create active research infrastructure for Scottish researchers in the areas of music and/or health, focusing on collaborations across disciplines and institutes
  • To set up pathways for translation of music and health research into practical applications
  • To set up knowledge transfer channels between researchers, practitioners, patients and the general public
  • To establish and publish best-practice guidelines for the development of evidence-based music interventions to benefit health
Research for the Scottish Government  has shown that those participating in cultural activities report better health and satisfaction with life, and SMHN aims to build on existing research strengths to establish Scotand as a world leader in the emerging field of music and health.


Music as a preventive strategy for public health: a one day seminar 

Friday October 23rd 

09:30   Welcome & Registration

10:00   SMHN team: Music and Public Health Research

10:15   Douglas Lonie, BOP Consulting

The tyranny of conscious thought – theory, policy and practice in participatory music projects

10.35   Allan Farmer, WHALE Arts

Music in Mind: making music and staying healthy in Wester Hailes

10.55   Performance: Musicians from Sensatronic (SENSE Scotland)

11.10   Coffee

11.40   Katherine Waumsley, Common Wheel

Common Wheel: Community Music in a Mental Health Care Context

12.00   Giorgos Tsiris, Nordoff Robbins, London/Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

Music in health promotion and death education: Perspectives from community music therapy

12:20    SMHN team roundup

12:30    Lunch

13:30   Performance: Sing for Life Speyside choir

13:45   SMHN Introduction

Community singing:

13:55   Tara French, Glasgow School of Art

Promoting health and wellbeing through community singing

14:15   Svend Einar-Brown/Siobhan Clark, Glasgow Life

Big Big Sing; what impact could community singing have on wellbeing in Glasgow?

14:35   Shelly Coyne, University of Edinburgh

We’re Givin’ it Laldie : Can Community Singing Improve Wellbeing in an Area of Multiple Deprivation in Glasgow?

15:00   Coffee

15:30   Chris Harkins, Glasgow Centre for Population Health

Evaluating Sistema Scotland – approaching complexity, recognising different forms of evidence and embedding a life course study of impacts

15:50   Discussion: Improving and maintaining public health with music

16:20   SMHN team: Network update

16.30   Close

MSc in Music Therapy at Queen Margaret University

"This is a full-time two-year course, validated by the Health and Care Professions Council
Teaching at the QMU campus is normally over two days, with a further day dedicated to practice placement. Students need to allocate a significant amount of time for independent study. Music and psychoanalytic theory form the basis of this training. The course encompasses psychodynamic, humanistic, developmental and music-centred approaches to music therapy. 

Lectures in theoretical studies are shared with students from MSc Art Psychotherapy (international). ..."

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