Music as Medicine Symposium

12-4pm, Friday February 28 
2-20 Fine Arts Building

The Calligraphy Fundraiser planned for 4:30–6:30 pm has been canceled.
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The Integrative Health Institute’s Music as Medicine Symposium will be held in Edmonton on Friday, February 28, 2020. We are pleased to be partnering with the Arts & Humanities in Health & Medicine, the Canadian Centre of Ethnomusicology and the Music Therapy Association for Alberta.

This event will be of interest to members of the health care community, academics, students, physicians, music therapists, artists and researchers from across the province. We hope to create an opportunity for researchers and students working in this space to come together to learn about the different applications of music for healing, foster discussion and networking, and enhance knowledge translation among stakeholders. Participants will hear from eight unique speakers doing work in this space.

The relationship between music and health has been well established across a range of medical fields and cultures. Music interventions range from listening to, performing, or dancing to music, individually or socially, in both clinical and community settings. The effects of music interventions have been assessed across a wide span of patient populations including oncology and mental health, in both children and adults. Music as medicine draws from a range of fields including music therapy, music performance and composition, dance, ethnomusicology, cognitive/neuroscience, psychology, health/medicine and education. As such, music interventions have been shown to enhance mental, physical, social, and spiritual wellbeing. Given the emphasis on traditional approaches to health and importance of the creative arts in preserving culture, the relevance of music as medicine for Indigenous populations holds great promise.

Researchers at the University of Alberta and University of Calgary are actively evaluating the impacts of music on health. Moreover, music interventions have already been initiated for clinical care in pediatric, geriatric, palliative, and intensive care units in hospitals across Alberta. High quality research and education in music as medicine has huge potential to benefit patients, is necessary to support access and use by those in need, and is fundamentally multidisciplinary in nature. Please join us on February 28th to explore this exciting topic.

Music as Medicine Poster