Promoting Wellbeing and Health Through Active Participation in Music and Dance: A Systematic Review


International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being




Purpose: This review aims to reveal how music and dance participation relates to key social determinants of health, and acts as population wellbeing and health promotion and preventive tools for people without pre-existing health issues in diverse social groups. Methods: A qualitative systematic literature review addresses the questions: 1) How might music and dance cultural practices relate to social determinants of health?; 2) What gaps exist in the current body of research examining how healthy individuals/populations maintain and promote good health and wellbeing through music and dance participation?; 3) What are the implications of the current body of literature for healthcare, policy and research? Results: Music and dance relate to key social determinants of health, from social and cultural, and physical and mental health perspectives. A number of gaps in the literature exist, including underrepresentation of middle aged participants, men, and Indigenous, LGBTQIAP+, and migrant populations. There is a lack of consistency in theoretical and methodological approaches, and a language for effective communication across arts and health audiences. Conclusions: A significant opportunity exists for cross-disciplinary collaboration to advance healthcare and arts policy, generate cost-effective approaches to preventive healthcare practice, and enhance the wellbeing and health of large and diverse populations. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2020 APA, all rights reserved)

Music and Health Institute Terms

Recreative Music Methods; Wellness and Well-Being

Indexed Terms

dance; active participation; wellbeing; population health; social determinants of heath; Health Promotion; Participation; Well Being; Arts; Mental Health; Policy Making; Social Groups

Study Type

Systematic Review; Quantitative Methods

Document Type