Collaborative insights:

Musical care throughout the life course

Collaborative insights: Interdisciplinary perspectives on musical care throughout the life course, published by Oxford University Press, provides new perspectives informed by interdisciplinary thinking on musical care throughout the life course.

In this book, volume editors Neta Spiro and Katie Rose M. Sanfilippo define musical care as the role that music – music listening as well as music-making – plays in supporting any aspect of people’s developmental or health needs, for example physical and mental health, cognitive and behavioural development, and interpersonal relationships. Musical care is relevant to several types of music, approach, and setting, and through the introduction of that new term musical care, the authors prioritise the element of care that is shared among these otherwise diverse contexts and musical activities, celebrating the nuanced interweaving of theory and practice.

The multifaceted nature of musical care requires reconciling perspectives and expertise from different fields and disciplines. This book shows interdisciplinary collaboration in action by bringing together music practitioners and researchers to write each chapter collaboratively to discuss musical care from an interdisciplinary perspective and offer directions for future work. The life course structure, from infancy to end of life, highlights the connections and themes present in approach, context, and practices throughout our lives. Thus, the book represents both the start of a conversation and a call to action, inspiring new collaborations that provide new insights to musical care in its many facets.

The book has received advance praise from international experts in music therapy and music psychology:

“This is a fabulous book. Written by some of the world’s leading researchers, each chapter is beautifully crafted to convey how music is a fundamental feature of human existence across the whole life. An essential read for anyone interested in the relationship between music and wellbeing.”

—Raymond MacDonald, Chair of Music Psychology and Improvisation, University of Edinburgh

“This fascinating book shows how music can enhance and transform care for infants, children, young people, adults, and older people living with a wide range of diverse needs, in different communities across the world.”

—Helen Odell Miller OBE PhD, Professor of Music Therapy, Director Cambridge Institute for Music Therapy Research (CIMTR) at Anglia Ruskin University

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Editors

Neta Spiro
Katie Rose M. Sanfilippo

 

Authors

Stephen Clift
Ian Cross
Tia DeNora
Tamsin Dives
Nicola Dunbar
Shannon de l’Etoile
Camilla Farrant
Jo Hockley
Prof. Katrina McFerran
Simon Procter
Tal-chen Rabinowitch
Suvi Saarikallio
Katie Rose M. Sanfilippo
Neta Spiro
Giorgos Tsiris
Stuart Wood

Introducing Collaborative Insights:
Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Musical Care Throughout the Life Course

On the 11th of July 2022, we launched the new book Collaborative Insights: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Musical Care Throughout the Life Course

This new book edited by Neta Spiro and Katie Rose M. Sanfilippo

  • introduces the term musical care: the role that music – music listening as well as music-making – plays in supporting any aspect of people’s developmental or health needs, for example physical and mental health, cognitive and behavioural development, and interpersonal relationships
  • provides interdisciplinary insight into how musical care is understood and undertaken during different stages of the life course
  • offers a variety of perspectives from practitioners and researchers
  • ranges through the entirety of the life course and reflects on the role of musical care at each stage

This event included:

Watch a video of the event (created by FatPanda and supported by the Enhancing Research Culture Fund and Centre for Performance Science, Royal College of Music, London.)

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