Music and Health Research Collaboratory
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|OVERVIEW|| || |
is a synergistic and collaborative set of researcher groups exploring
connections of sound to the human experience of health. Officially
established in the Faculty of Music on March 27, 2012, MaHRC is now in
the process of formalizing affiliations, appointing members, and
focus of MaHRC is on music (sound) and health broadly defined by four
overlapping and inter-related spheres: (1) Therapy and Medicine, (2)
Body, Brain, Mind, (3) Society and Culture, and (4) Teaching, Learning
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|VISION|| || |
|The vision of MaHRC is aligned with the Strategic Research Plan
of the University of Toronto. In particular, the vision of MaHRC is to
(1) Promote: Healthy People, Healthy Communities, and a Healthy World
through music, and to (2) Engage: Minds, Culture, and Values around
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|RESEARCH GOALS || || |
is the goal of MaHRC to bring together inter-disciplinary teams of
researchers to collaborate on questions of fundamental importance to
our vision. This requires discussions in colloquia, workshops, etc to
identify the fundamental complex questions and to find ways to move
these questions into a research agenda. This takes place within the
four research spheres. A few examples of the type of research goals or
questions that emerge within the research spheres include:
Sphere 1. Music in Therapy and Medicine
- To clearly distinguish music therapy from music medicine in research endeavours.
To define specific characteristics of music and sound as well as types
of therapeutic approaches required for specific therapeutic purposes.
To identify specific intra-subject and social context variables that impact on the effectiveness of treatment.
*Adapted from Dileo, C. and Bradt, J. (2005). Medical Music Therapy: A
Meta-Analysis & Agenda for Future Research. Cherry Hill, NJ: Jeffrey Books.
Sphere 2. Music in Body, Brain, and Mind
- What does “entrainment of brain activity” mean?
- How passive or active does this attention have to be to see an EEG response?
- How important are habituation and repetition to creating a driving response?
from “Brainwave Entrainment to External Rhythmic Stimuli:
Interdisciplinary Research and Clinical Perspectives Conference 2006,"
Stanford University, Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics
Sphere 3. Music in Health of Culture and Society
- What is the role of music in the well-being of communities, culture, and humanity?
How do musical works and discourses about music raise and/or address
issues concerning gender, sexuality, ethnicity, age, economics, and
power, and how do these relate to health of/in cultures, societies, and
- In what ways does music represent “social capital,” and what are the implications for one’s socioeconomic health?
*Adapted from the Second International Health Humanities Conference: Music, Health and Humanity
Sphere 4. Music and Health in Teaching, Learning, and Performing
- What mental perceptual and cognitive abilities, structures,
dispositions, and knowledge are required to enjoy and produce music?
How can these mental perceptual and cognitive abilities be developed?
What skills, identity, and confidence are required to employ music in a
communicative and relational manner in Social contexts?
How can the emotional sensitivity, range, and stability to experience
and express the affective dimension of music be developed?
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STRUCTURE|| || |
Lee Bartel, PhD. Professor and Associate Dean - Research
Board (in process of development)
Board is responsible for the overall management of MaHRC. The Board is
responsible for approving MaHRC’s research direction and priorities,
its membership, and global decisions regarding the overall management
of its budget and resources.
The Executive Committee (in process of development)
The Executive Committee is responsible for MaHRC's policy decisions and resource allocations.
The Council of Laboratories
The Council of Laboratories provides advice to the Board on local and practical matters of collaboration.
following organizations have responded and agreed in principle to
affiliate with MaHRC. A representative from each will sit on the MaHRC
Council of Laboratories
• Music & Cognition Laboratory, UTM -- Glenn Schellenberg
• Auditory Development Laboratory, UTM -- Sandra Trehub
• Laboratory for Infant Studies, UTS -- Mark Schmuckler
• Music Cognition Laboratory UTS -- Mark Schmuckler
• Wasser Pain Management Centre -- Allan Gordon,
• Science of Music, Auditory Research and Technology Lab, Ryerson University- Frank Russo
• McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind (MIMM) McMaster University - Laurel Trainor
• MAPLE Lab (Music, Perception, Acoustics and LEarning) McMaster University - Michael Schutz
• Conrad Institute for Music Therapy Research, Wilfrid Laurier University. -- Heidi Ahonen
• The Royal Conservatory -- Ann Patteson
• Musicians' Clinics of Canada -- Dr. John Chong
• Voice Disorders Clinic, St. Michael’s Hospital -- Dr. Jennifer Anderson
• Health, Arts and Humanities Program, University of Toronto -- Dr. Allan D. Peterkin
• Vigour Projects -- Dr. David Alter
• MEG Lab, Baycrest -- Bernhard Ross
• ERP Lab, Baycrest -- Claude Alain
• Centre for Memory and Neurotherapeutics, Baycrest. -- Dr. Morris Freedman
• Department of Health, Aging, & Society, McMaster -- Dr. Gavin Andrews
• Others are in discussion
The International Advisory Council
The International Advisory Council provides counsel on collaborative
research, research evaluation, articulation of an international
research agenda, and development.
Council Members (in process of development)
Director of the Research Program in Music-Medicine, Paracelsus Medical University, Salzburg, Austria
Jane Edwards, PhD
of the Graduate Program in Music Therapy; Assistant Dean, Research of
the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; and Associate
Professor in the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the
University of Limerick
Joanne Loewy, DA, LCAT, MT-BC
Director of the Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine, New York.
Dr. Gottfried Schlaug, MD., PhD
of the Neuroimaging Laboratory and Director of the Stroke Recovery
Laboratory, Dept. of Neurology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center;
Co-Director of Comprehensive Stroke Center, Beth Israel Deaconess
Medical Center, and Chief, Cerebrovascular Division, Dept. of
Connie Tomaino, DA., MT-BC, LCAT
Vice-President for Music Therapy at Beth Abraham Health Services, and
Executive Director and Co-founder of the Institute for Music and
Neurologic Function in New York.
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