Musical Care International Network

The aim of the network is to bring people together to explore examples of musical care from different disciplinary and cultural perspectives. We invite discussion of a broad range of musical care practices, from private experiences (including informal singing between caregivers and infants or formal music therapy sessions) to public ones (such as group music-making and music in health campaigns), from all over the world. Although musical care practices occur around the world in very different contexts and are the topic of research in several disciplines, there is little international and interdisciplinary collaboration on the topic. 

This network of practitioners and researchers working on musical care throughout the life course emphasises international and interdisciplinary collaboration. We include practitioners and researchers from a broad range of disciplines and practices, including but not limited to community music, ethnomusicology, medical humanities, medicine, music anthropology, music in health, music education, music psychology, music sociology, and music therapy.

If you’d like to be a part of the network, become a member here.

Upcoming network events

The 3rd annual symposium of St Columba’s Hospice Care for the Arts in Palliative Care
18th November 2022, 9:30am – 5pm, UK time
Online event (hosted in St Columba’s Hospice, Edinburgh UK)

This year’s theme is “reimagining creativity and care” and the symposium aims to offer a space for revisiting how creativity and care are embodied within and around the wider context of the arts in palliative care.

For more information and to register, please visit:

Previous network events

Introducing Collaborative Insights:
Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Musical Care Throughout the Life Course
July 2022
Hybrid event (hosted at the Royal College of Music, London, UK)

On the 11th of July 2022 we launched Collaborative Insights: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Musical Care Throughout the Life Course edited by Neta Spiro and Katie Rose M. Sanfilippo

This event included:

  • An introduction to the book by the editors.
  • The debut of the animated video series inspired by the book.
  • Invited responses to the book by speakers across a range of disciplines:
  • A panel discussion with some book chapter authors including
  • Introduction of the international and interdisciplinary network on musical care

Learn more and watch a video of the event here

Musical Care International Network: Inaugural meetings
January 2022
Online event (hosted in the Royal College of Music, London and City, University of London, UK)

On the 18th and the 21st of January 2022, we held the inaugural online meetings of the new Musical Care International Network. The meetings brought together practitioners and researchers from around the world from practices and disciplines related to musical care, including anthropology, arts and health, community music, economics, ethnomusicology, geography, health sciences, music education, music therapy, music and science, and sociology. The discussion, by the 42 delegates, centred around key questions:

Based on your own work and experience:

  • What is musical care to you?
  • What are musical care practices? Who do they involve?
  • What can musical care do? What kinds of outcomes can it have? Is there evidence for that?
  • Where does musical care sit within the wider cultural landscape?

Project Team

Neta Spiro
Bonnie B. McConnell
Katie Rose M. Sanfilippo

Lead Liaison

Georgia Pike-Rowney


Royal College of Music:
Knowledge Exchange Fund

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