Music for Healthy Lives Research and Practice network

The Music for Healthy Lives Research and Practice Network has been created to develop further evidence to support existing knowledge in this area, to promote and connect music practitioners to healthcare providers; and to increase cooperation and collaboration between members of the network.

The Music for Healthy Lives Research and Practice Network is a collaboration between Nordoff Robbins and Leeds University.

The network’s objectives are:

  • To connect music and health practitioners to share knowledge and practice
  • To unify strengths to amplify the impact of our collective research and practice
  • To develop music and wellbeing provision and match this to the health needs of the population
  • To identify shared goals and challenges
  • To develop meaningful research questions grounded in practice
  • To provide opportunities for Continuing Professional Development

Recent research has demonstrated that musical experience can have a positive impact on the overall health throughout one’s lifespan. This research was included in the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing’s Creative Health report in 2017. Music promotes a sense of belonging, can regulate emotions and engage the brain, increasing social, mental and even physical resilience that can increase the likelihood of living healthy lives.

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