Music Network Seminar, ‘The Wealth of Music and Health’, 23 May 2012

18 April 2012

Music Network presents ‘The Wealth of Music and Health’ a day-long seminar in Music and Health at the Coach House, Dublin Castle on Wednesday 23 May. Aimed at professional musicians, healthcare professionals and arts and health practitioners, the seminar will present a snapshot of the current music and health environment.

Based on findings from the recent European Music in Healthcare Settings: Training Trainers Programme, ‘The Wealth of Music and Health’ will examine how the new skills and competences acquired through this training programme can affect the arts and health landscape in Ireland. According to Sharon Rollston, Acting CEO at Music Network, “Music Network is looking forward to sharing learning on the latest developments in the area of music and health with our national and international colleagues, and to examining how Music Network’s contribution to professional development for musicians can make a greater impact on the lives of patients, clients, residents and healthcare professionals in Ireland”.  Speakers will include Jenny Elliot, CEO Artscare Northern Ireland; Philippe Bouteloup, Director, Musique & Santé, France; Kevin O’Shanahan, Director Music Alive and Arts & Mental Health Coordinator with West Cork Mental Health Services among others. The seminar promises to be an informative and challenging day of discussion, engagement and inspiration with national and international practitioners and key organisations and individuals involved in this exciting area of work.

The European Music in Healthcare Settings: Training Trainers Programme brought Irish musicians Liam Merriman, Finn McGinty and Gráinne Hope together with six other musicians, three from the UK and three from Finland, to participate in an 8-month, intensive, training programme led by Musique et Santé (a non-profit organisation advocating for the development of live music in hospitals and institutions). The training focused on learning the craft of training other musicians in the skills, resources and policies of this specific area of work.

The music in healthcare settings approach involves a non-clinical approach that advocates for access to high-quality, live music in any healthcare situation and opportunities for healthcare professionals, patients/clients/services users to explore music creatively. The focus of this approach is the well-being of the patient/client/service-user, their relatives, the healthcare professional and care staff operating in a healthcare environment. While some clinical outcomes have been recorded in participants in these interventions, they are considered a boon rather than the objective of the engagement.

Further information on the seminar including registration details here.


Arts and Heath

Arts and Heath is defined by the Arts Council as “the generic term that embraces a range of arts practices occurring primarily in healthcare settings, which brings together the skills and priorities of both arts and health professionals”. This dynamic interdisciplinary intersection has seen two major developments in recent times with the publication of the Arts Council’s Arts and Health Policy & Strategy (  in December 2010 and the launch in 2011 of ( a resource and focal point for the field of arts and health in Ireland via information, support, advice and news, and generates discussion between artists, arts organisations, health service users, carers, healthcare professionals and others interested in the dynamic area of arts and health.

The European Music in Healthcare Settings: Training Trainers Programme

The European Music in Healthcare Settings: Training Trainers Programme was led by Musique & Santé, France and delivered in partnership with Music Network, Ireland; the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, UK and the Turku University of Applied Sciences, Turku, Finland with support from the Leonardo da Vinci Transfer of Innovation Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Commission.

Music Network (Ireland)

Music Network was established by the Arts Council of Ireland in 1986 to provide access to high-quality live classical, jazz and traditional Irish music to people all over Ireland regardless of their geographic location or social circumstance, while supporting the career development of professional musicians. Music Network’s focus on professional development for musicians in Ireland aims to provide resources and training opportunities that develop the musical and non-musical facets of a professional career in music.  
Since 2000, Music Network has provided professional development opportunities for musicians in Ireland through a series of training programmes and courses that focus on enabling musicians to work effectively in a range of community settings, with particular emphasis on working in healthcare contexts.

Musique & Santé (Paris, France)

Musique & Santé was founded in 1998. It is a French non-profit organization advocating and working for the development of live music in hospitals and institutions for people with disabilities. Through actions, training sessions, research, and mediation, Musique & Santé engages with everyone – whatever their age and culture.

Royal Northern College of Music (Manchester, UK)

The Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) is the only conservatoire within the UK to have been awarded status as a Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. Their Professional Development Department is already working with Musique & Santé to develop a Music for Health Learning Programme within the UK.

University of Applied Sciences of Turku (Finland)

TUAS is a multidisciplinary institution of higher education that offers competitive qualifications for international careers in Arts Academy, Healthcare, Life Sciences and Business, Technology, Environment and Business, Telecommunication and e-Business and Well-being Services. The Arts Academy has 600 students in the Bachelor’s degree programmes and has ca 80 full-time teachers. There are four degree programmes: Fine Arts, Music, Performing Arts and Media Arts. The faculty of Health Care has 1900 students in the Bachelor’s degree programmes and in a Master’s Degree programme under the supervision of 130 experts educating Emergency Care Nurses, Midwives, Nurses, Public Health Nurses, Dental Hygienists and Medical Laboratory Technologists.