Music, Health, and Well-being: A Review


International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being




The relationship between arts participation and health is currently very topical. Motivated by a desire to investigate innovative, non-invasive, and economically viable interventions that embrace contemporary definitions of health, practitioners and researchers across the world have been developing and researching arts inventions. One of the key drivers in this vigorous research milieu is the growth of qualitative research within health care contexts and researchers interested in exploring the potential benefits of musical participation have fully embraced the advances that have taken place in health-related qualitative research. The following article presents a number of different types of qualitative research projects focused on exploring the process and outcomes of music interventions. It also presents a new conceptual model for music, health and well-being. This new model develops on a previous version of MacDonald, Kreutz, and Mitchell (2012b) by incorporating new elements and contextualization and providing detailed experimental examples to support the various components. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2017 APA, all rights reserved)

Music and Health Institute Terms

Music Medicine; Music Therapy; Recreative Music Methods; Wellness and Well-Being

Indexed Terms

health; well being; viable interventions; arts inventions; music interventions; Education; Health Status; Medicine; Models, Theoretical; Qualitative Research; Quality of Life; Intervention; Art

Study Type

Editorial, Opinions, Position Papers

Document Type