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.
Following our inaugural meetings, all of the meeting participants were invited to contribute to a paper. This paper introduces the network, explores the term musical care, and presents a draft mission.
“The discussions developed ideas in three areas: (a) musical care as context-dependent and social, (b) musical care’s position within the broader research and practice context, and (c) debates about the impact of and evidence for musical care. We can conclude that musical care refers to context-dependent and social phenomena. The term musical care was seen as useful in talking across boundaries while not minimizing individual disciplinary and professional expertise. The use of the term was seen to help balance the importance and place of multiple disciplines, with a role to play in the development of a collective identity. This collective identity was seen as important in advocacy and in helping to shape policy. The paper closes with proposed future directions for the network and its emerging mission statement” (p. 1).
Spiro N*, Sanfilippo KRM*, McConnell BB*, Pike-Rowney G, Bonini Baraldi F, Brabec B, Van Buren K, Camlin DA, Cardoso TM, Çifdalöz BU, Cross I, Dumbauld B, Ettenberger M, Falkenberg K, Fouché S, Frid E, Gosine J, graham-jackson al, Grahn, JL, Harrison K, Ilari B, Mollison S, Morrison SJ, Pérez-Acosta G, Perkins R, Pitt J, Rabinowitch TC, Robledo JP, Roginsky E, Shaughnessy C, Sunderland N, Talmage A, Tsiris G, & de Wit K (2023), Perspectives on musical care throughout the life course: Introducing the Musical Care International Network, Music & Science, 6, 1-18. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/20592043231200553.
The Musical Care International Network has a small grants scheme to support projects and events that advance musical care research and practice. The call has now closed and the projects are currently underway.
More than performance: A workshop exploring how the performing arts can be used to support health and wellbeing across the lifespan
Mount Royal Conservatory
Musical Care in the face of illness: Musical care groups for patients, caregivers, staff and the community of the Hospital Clínica El Carmen in Barranquilla, Colombia.
SONO – Centro de Musicoterapia
Completing the content validity process of the assessment tool called Musical Functional Assessment Profile in Autism (MFAP)
Italian Hospital of Buenos Aires
BMTN Black Musical Placemaking Initiative: Expanding Musical Care Offerings to Black Communities and Music Health Practitioners
Black Music Therapy Network
Small grants call
The musical care small grants scheme will support projects and events that:
- advance musical care research and practice
- promote equity and inclusion in musical care research and practice
- highlight musical care practices of underrepresented groups, including Black, Indigenous, and communities of colour.
What does funding cover?
The maximum that can be requested for any project under this scheme is £800
We are able to consider:
- Travel and accommodation for research or events.
- Research assistance
- Administrative and technical support
- Catering costs for events — but please note that the expectation is that these will be kept to a minimum.
- Funds for the development of web content or other online resources
In allocating grants:
- We will give preference to projects with clearly described and achievable outcomes.
- Events that have a public-facing aspect or are open to the participation of Musical Care International Network members are encouraged.
- We are keen to encourage new collaborations among established and early career musical care scholars and practitioners, or the further development of existing ones.
All Musical Care International Network members are eligible to apply. New members can join the network by clicking the “Become a member” button above.
- Applications due: 13 April 2023, 10 am BST
- Applicants advised of outcome: 28 April 2023
- Projects completed: 30 June 2023
For more information and the application form see the small-grants-application form.
Upcoming network events
Interdisciplinary workshop on musical care
In-person event (hosted by Australian National University, Canberra, Australia)
More details to come soon!
Organising network liaison: Georgia Pike-Rowney & Bonnie McConnell
Previous network events
The second Musical Care International Network meetings
We shared experiences and insights from local network events, announced the network’s small grant recipients, and discussed future directions for the network.
For more information about the event, please see the meeting booklet.
Breaking through disciplinary boundaries: Emerging approaches in musical care
Hybrid event (hosted by IESA Arts and Culture and Ascencia Business School, Paris, France)
This two-day symposium focused on the role of care and the potential for musical care in musical performance and other performance practices.
Organising network liaison: Phillip Cartwright
How to incorporate music into mental health work
In-person (hosted in upstate New York, USA)
This event was a discussion among mental health therapists about how to incorporate music into their work.
Organising network liaison: Naomi Raymond
South African National Arts Therapies Association (SANATA)
Presentation and discussion about ‘Music (Arts) as Care: Interdisciplinary Arts practice and research. Broadening the scope of music (arts) care practices.’
Organising network liaison: Sunelle Fouché
The 3rd annual symposium of St Columba’s Hospice Care for the Arts in Palliative Care
Online event (hosted by St Columba’s Hospice, Edinburgh, UK)
This year’s theme was “reimagining creativity and care” and the symposium aimed to offer a space for revisiting how creativity and care are embodied within and around the wider context of the arts in palliative care.
Organising network liaison: Giorgos Tsiris
Panel on European Music Therapy Day MIDDEL: Music interventions for dementia and depression in elderly care
Online event (hosted by Ankara Hacı Bayram Veli University Turkish Music State Conservatoire, Ankara, Turkey)
This event discussed experiences and preliminary results from the MIDDEL project in Turkish and English with Burçin Uçaner Çifdalöz, Yeşim Saltık, Monika Geretsegger, Jo Dugstad Wake, and Özgür Salur.
Organising network liaison: Burçin Uçaner Çifdalöz
Music therapy self-care groups for surgery staff
In person (hosted by SONO – Centro de Musicoterapia, Bogotá, Columbia)
This event was for staff of the hospital surgery unit, including nurses, doctors and residents.
Organising network liaison: Mark Ettenberger
Embedding music therapy in perinatal grief
Hybrid event (hosted by SONO – Centro de Musicoterapia, Bogotá, Columbia)
This event, which focused on music therapy in perinatal grief, was attended by 30 people, 26 online. It included parents who had lost a child in hospital, social workers, psychologists and staff.
Organising network liaison: Mark Ettenberger
Music therapy and other music interventions in dementia care
Public Seminar (hosted by Ankara Hacı Bayram Veli University Turkish Music State Conservatoire, Ankara, Turkey)
This was a seminar attended by about 50-60 participants at Ankara Hacı Bayram Veli University Turkish Music State Conservatoire.
Organising network liaison: Burçin Uçaner Çifdalöz
Introducing Collaborative Insights:
Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Musical Care Throughout the Life Course
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
Online event (hosted by 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?
For more information, see the meeting booklet.