Music and Public Health - A Nordic Perspective

Music and Public Health - A Nordic Perspective

This book provides the foundation of a new understanding of the potential of music to improve physical and mental health. Editors Lars Ole Bonde and Töres Theorell.

  • Is the first book to document the full potential of music as a public health resource
  • Provides the foundation of a new understanding of the potential of music to improve physical and mental health
  • Presents a combination of epidemiological and clinical evidence for musicking as a health resource – in a Nordic perspective related to the welfare systems of Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Finland
  • Offers a unique collection of scholarly writings from leading researchers in the Nordic countries

From the Nordic countries (Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland) comes an exciting source of theoretical approaches, epidemiological findings, and real-life examples regarding the therapeutic and health-enhancing effects of music.

Experts across fields including psychology, neurology, music therapy, medicine, and public health review research on the benefits of music in relieving physiological, psychological, and socioemotional dysfunction.

Chapters link musical experiences (listening and performing, as well as involvement in movement, dance, and theatre) to a wide range of clinical and non-clinical objectives such as preventing isolation, regulating mood, reducing stress and its symptoms, and treating dementia. And the book’s section on innovative music-based interventions illustrates opportunities for incorporating musical activities into public health programs.

Among the topics covered are:

  • Associations between the use of music, cultural participation and health-related outcomes in adult Scandinavian populations
  • Music practice and emotion handling
  • How music translates itself biologically in the body
  • Music as a forum for social-emotional health
  • Participation and partnership as core concepts in music and public health
  • Music therapy as health promotion for mothers and children at a public health clinic

Music and Public Health will gain interested readers among researchers, teachers, students, and clinicians in the fields of music education and therapy, as well as researchers and students of public health who are interested in the influence of culture and the arts. The book also will be relevant to administrators in public health services.


Lars Ole Bonde is affiliated with the Music Therapy Knowledge Group

Töres Theorell.


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