Conference will examine music benefits to wellbeing

21 September 2015

Dr Gianna Cassidy will deliver a keynote address at the conference

Dr Gianna Cassidy will deliver a keynote address at the conference

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) will host an international conference in October which looks at the benefits of music to health and wellbeing.

GCU, in partnership with the Society for Education, Music and Psychology Research (SEMPRE) and the Scottish Music and Health Network, will take part in the three-day event from Wednesday, October 21.

The conference, which will be held at Glasgow’s Technology and Innovation Centre, will explore the fact there is growing evidence that music can have a profound influence upon health and wellbeing.

Ahead of the event, submissions from postgraduate students were invited on research which explores the relationship between music and health or other topics which relate to the conference theme.

The conference will also include a session for the Scottish Music and Health Network, a collaboration between Edinburgh and GCU, funded by the Carnegie Trust to facilitate high-impact research on links between music and health.

The conference was organised by GCU’s Dr Don Knox and will have input from Dr Gianna Cassidy.

Dr Cassidy, music psychologist and Senior Lecturer in Creative Technologies at GCU, will give a keynote address which will discuss GCU's collaboration with Playlist for Life – the charity founded by GCU honorary graduate Dr Sally Magnusson – and the Department of Health to explore the benefits of music for wellbeing in dementia.

Dr Knox, Senior Lecturer and conference chair, said: “The conference will focus on the role of music to our health and wellbeing, and, importantly, how findings from this research can be translated into practical interventions and applications.”

Registration for the event includes a reduced rate for students and the unwaged, and is available via the conference website: http://bit.ly/1FapByl