The science and practice of music for health
Research shows that the arts can have a positive influence on our well-being and health. Can we use art and culture to improve well-being and healthcare? Artists and scientists in the North are experimenting with this. For example, live music sessions are helping to reduce patients’ experience of pain and anxiety. In addition, care professionals benefit from the sessions, because music improves the quality of contact between nurses and patients. Many other art forms are found in healthcare, such as visual arts for people with chronic pain, and dance for people with Parkinson’s. What can we learn from these projects? How can the arts contribute to health and care? In this session, Ferdinand Lewis will provide a brief overview of the field of arts in health, and arts in health musicians will demonstrate how it works.
Ferdinand Lewis is Director of Science and Education for Arts in Health Netherlands at Aletta Jacobs School of Public Health at the University of Groningen. He serves on the Humanities faculty at University College Groningen. He has a background in both the arts and social sciences. Prior to coming to the Netherlands he was director of the Center for Building Better Communities at the University of Florida, and was an artist in residence at the University hospital. www.artsinhealth.nl Mimic (or ‘Meaningful Music in Health Care’) is an artistic project that takes place within the context of health care. The Mimic team performs and improvises music in hospital wards in order to connect with people in a meaningful way and to improve the standard of care and the quality of life. www.mimicmuziek.nl