Music & Health: a short review of research and practice

A trombonist plays for two schoolgirls

Nick Ewbank Associates were commissioned by Voluntary Arts to produce this review for BBC Music Day 2019. The paper includes discussions of the physiological benefits of music; music and empathy; and the value of music participation for both personal wellbeing and social cohesion.

Key findings the paper highlights include

  • active engagement in music making has a more positive impact on wellbeing than passive consumption
  • the dose-response relationship between arts engagement and mental wellbeing highlighted in Dr Christina Davies’s study, which finds that people taking part in recreational creative activities, including music, for at least two hours a week reported a significant increase in their wellbeing

The short review is attached here

A fact sheet is attached here

The full Voluntary Arts press release is attached here