Music Therapy Research

Teija rummuissa

As a relatively young discipline, in close connection to the traditional health care professions, there are many prerequisites and requirements for music therapy research. First, we have to carry out research associated with the improvement of everyday clinical practices of various diagnostic groups. Secondly, we have to carry out research on the remedial and specific effects of music therapy. The following themes can be distinguished in our research: theoretical research, research on clinical assessment and evaluation, process-orientated clinical research, and research on clinical improvisation. Currently we run also research on the efficacy and effectiveness of music therapy. We have been, or are currently, part of the following funded research projects: Intelligent Music Systems in Music Therapy (2003-2006, Academy of Finland: code 102253); Tuning the Brain for Music (2006-2009, EU 6th framework); Finnish Centre of Excellence in Interdisciplinary Music Research (2008-2013, Academy of Finland). The research strategies utilized are both qualitative (e.g. clinical processes) and quantitative (e.g. research on improvisation). Our ongoing projects on Music Therapy for Depression, and on Active Music Therapy for Post-Stroke Recovery are based on multidisciplinary collaboration and international research networks.


Centre of Excellence in Music Research 2008-2013

Cutting-edge research has been taking place at the music department at the University of Jyväskylä and the title of Centre of Excellence in Music Research awarded in 2008 was an award recognising of the high standards of research which take place here. During this time, interdisciplinary projects have been centred on Music CognitionMusic Motorics and Music and Emotions.

Information on the various types of research conducted at the University of Jyväskylä during the period 2008-2013 can be found here.

More research at the department includes topics such as: