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Song and music therapy - the case for its study

If not seen and time is short, go to Song and music therapy - the case for its study - abstract  here

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Readers may include:

  • song and music leaders
  • performers
  • healthcare professionals and other organisers 
  • healthcare students
  • students of music
  • carers interested in using songs and music informally with their carees     source
This page focuses on:
  • healthcare professionals and other organisers 
  • healthcare students
  • (and perhaps) students of music
Who are the other organisers?

They can include provider non-HC personnel (perhaps admin people) and volunteers involved in the provision of song and music therapy.

One aspect of the project is to emphasise that it is not conditional that only HC professionals and professional performers should deliver.

Another aspect is to emphasise that musical skills are not conditional to organising sessions.  


The inclusion of song and music therapy in healthcare courses. 1  Google  2 Scholar   

The inclusion of song and music therapy in caregiver courses. 3 Google  4 Scholar

The inclusion of song and music therapy in UK health care courses  5  Google  6  Scholar

The results will be explored.  

Meanwhile, No. 4 includes this on Home-based music therapy

Almost every Western healthcare system is changing to make their services more centered around out-patient care. In particular, long-term or geriatric patients who have been discharged from the hospital often require home-based care and therapy.

We were able to show that HBMT is an innovative service for future healthcare delivery. It fits with the changing healthcare system and its conditions but also meets the therapeutic needs of the increasing number of elderly and severely impaired people. Apart from music therapists, patients and their families HBMT is also interesting as a blueprint for home based care for other groups of caregivers.

No. 6 includes:  Therapeutic effects of music and singing for older people 

Two reviews and 16 research reports were identified, the majority of which were intervention studies. All the studies reported benefits from music or singing for older people. Positive findings related to dementia, specific disorders (osteoarthritis pain, post-operative delirium, sleep difficulties, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), and older people living at home. Recommendations for nursing were made, although there is a need for clarification on how nursing interventions should be implemented.

Conclusion The evidence base to support the benefits of music and singing is increasing, and it is suggested that nurses may contribute to appropriate interventions and referrals. There is a need for further research, both to support these findings and to explore the nursing role in relation to providing music and singing therapies.


Other studies will be brought in.  Meanwhile, we can continue in the context of groups of carees receiving song and music therapy.


BN is the only reader at present.  Two pages will be shown and I hope they go no further until after our discussion.

A search for song, music and therapy within course abstracts here and here showed no result.  Bear in mind that I don't have deeper access..It is assumed that it is included.

No research has been carried out vis a vis  HC courses elsewhere.

Two aspects of the in-depth inclusion of songs and music therapy in HC courses relates to those new to Britain.  It gives them a detailed insight into its rich musical culture.  It also gives them an opportunity to add to to our musical culture by introducing new songs and music. Thus they make a special contribution within the process as seen at the lower No. 3 The next stage involves the introduction of new songs and music on the left here 


The page will go on to identify reasons for health care professionals, other organisers, and healthcare students to be aware of the potential for song and music therapy to warrant in-depth study.

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                                             Song and music therapy - the case for its study - abstract  here

                                             Updates to the 7 April email re priorities. here