Care for Music - an ethnography of music in late life and end of life settings

Lead Research Organisation: University of Exeter
Department Name: Sociology, Philosophy, Anthropology

Abstract

The project focuses on music-making in situations of modern dying and in relation to both (i) end-of-life (time-limited illnesses or conditions) and (ii) late life (more lengthy 'dwindling' and/or long-term disability). The research begins with a basic question which in our view has not yet been answered adequately: how does music work in situations of care? Behind this question is an assumption that musical care is more complex than models in music therapy and community music might imply. These models have tended to prioritise the activities and agencies of specialist music providers through a notion of music 'for' 'care recipients' and in individualistic and pathologised ways. But looking at music 'for care' (as opposed to 'care for' music) sidesteps the complex collaborative practices, and forms of agency, on the part of all the people involved (musicians, music therapists, carers, health professionals, family and so-called 'care-receivers'), that make music helpful (and meaningful) within scenes of care. A focus on this practice brings to the surface three otherwise implicit problems in the music and care literatures. These are perceptual, ontological and methodological. Processes of musical engagement are often tacit, fleeting and socially-spatially distributed and therefore difficult to perceive. They are also tied to a language of 'music' as an object and therefore to an ontology of stimulus-response rather than music as a joint activity. They are difficult to document unless they are observed in temporal and spatial contexts and in terms of their evolving histories - and for this specialist methods are required.

The methodological perspective to be employed is ethnographic, to trace connections and relationships between people as they are crafted from moment to moment in real time through music and in ways that may be consequential for action opportunities within settings of care. The project will produce four interlinked ethnographic case studies:
(1) A longitudinal study of community music therapy in a care facility (with specialty in neuro-disability), tracking the micro-detail and developing connections within and between individual and collective musical-communicative work (2) and (3) Studies of music/music therapy across the milieu of two flagship hospices, one in the UK, one in Norway. (4) A study of a novel approach to working relationally with people with memory loss by cueing pre-chosen sounds and memories using simple digital resources.

In each case, the project will examine the subtle, adaptive, and often unnoticed practices of managing to make and attend to music under constrained circumstances - how mutual orientation takes shape, how allowances are made, how musical gestures and acts are supported, by whom, with what and how. This focus will in turn support a second key task which will be to map the diversity of musical practices to be found and to follow these practices as they are connected (by participants) to other practices, activities, situations, and events that develop concurrently within the setting and in ways that inform future events. Ultimately, the project will address the question of how making music together may open new opportunities for caring understood in its widest sense, for example, fostering musicalised situations within which clients and carers may discover new forms of relation, empathy, activity, and mutual understanding.

Planned Impact

Four interlinked groups will benefit:

(1) Music Therapists, Community Musicians, Music & Health Practitioners
Increasingly Music therapists, community musicians and music & health practitioners are working in late and end-of-life settings, as individual specialists or as part of large-scale initiatives. Practitioners and service organizations speak of the need to develop effective techniques for 'reaching' the various groups with whom they work. But the current framework for thinking about their role and musical relationship with those groups (care recipients, families of care recipients, care staff) often portrays musical activity as specialist 'intervention' in ways that emphasize the 'delivery' aspect of music to people - through performances or more interactive work. The project will raise awareness of musicking in scenes of care as mutual, reciprocal and 'ecological' in ways currently under-appreciated. It will work with musicians and music therapists in bespoke workshops and symposia to highlight the often-subtle activities, practices and contributions to on-going musicking made by care recipients.

Our aim will be to enrich curricular resources for both expanded theoretical perspectives and fine-grained practical coaching in music therapy training. We will run workshops with music therapy and community music trainers, presenting a novel perspective on what counts as 'music', and how care and music interleave in practice. (We have experience of running a highly successful Masterclass on Ethnography for early career music therapists in 2017 at Exeter.) In these events, Ansdell, Schmid and Simpson will provide participant workshops specifically to present perspectives and techniques and to mentor practitioners. DeNora will contribute a wider perspective linking alternative music aesthetics and ontologies within a sociology of health and illness perspective. Rolvjord will offer specialist commentary on eliciting client perspectives and our partners from Earl Mountbatten will share their flagship practices for community-hospice interchange (as part of a wider education project musically-led about cultures of death and dying).

(2) Care givers, Care recipients, Family members and friends of care recipients
The introduction of a new form of client-centered approach that explicitly highlights how music can encompass and enhance the whole 'scene of care' will help shift the balance in care settings where music is happening in ways that should empower clients, carers and others involved, drawing to the fore their interests, talents and musical needs and thereby improve quality of care. But all this need sensitizing musicians and music therapists to really attend to how care-receivers themselves 'care for music' and how this can be worked with and extended.

(3) The General Public
We aim to increase public empathy with groups of people who are typically sequestered and conceptualized as 'disabled' and lacking social and cultural resources by highlighting 'alternate forms of musical ability and sociability' and the ways in which musicalizing activities associated with 'care' may help to eclipse some of the barriers to shared meaning making in music. Calling attention to the sounds of musical care and to music in scenes of care will help to make those scenes less 'strange' to families and visitors who have loved ones in care facilities. At the same time we aim to raise public awareness of how to use music for wellbeing in daily contexts.

(4) Policy makers
We will aim to influence policy by contributing new perspectives for thinking about evidence and music's role in scenes of care through briefing documents, website entries and alignment with the All Party Parliamentary Group on Arts/Health as well as with Clinical Commissioning Groups. The aim will be to improve quality of care in care facilities.
 
Title Poetry of Departures 
Description The project team has a strong interest (amateur) in poetry and poetry writing. While DeNora has a strong hobby interest in formal poetry (and has written many villanelles about and around dementia - prompted by a close relative and 'drawn out' through engagement with a strict, highly repetitive formal structure, the Co-I, Ansdell, has used short, ethnographic poetry as a way of engaging in reflexive practice. The poems, short, anonymous, and mostly written quickly on a hand-held device, happened initially as a way of making sense of his own feelings/responses to events and interactions. Together they have been exploring the place (and placement of) poetry within an otherwise strictly research-based focus and in ways that add a component (not initially planned in the research proposal but linked to the aim of developing 'gentle' methods for examining music and care). We view the poem is for this project not as an end in itself, or even a medium or resource for public engagement (at least not so far) but rather as part of the research process. We are exploring how poetic representation can call out, or bring to mind, features of events in the field sites that otherwise might get lost, forgotten or suppressed, cognitively speaking. These features include the practitioner's emotions (engaging with people who are near end of life is inevitably imbued with a rich field of emotions and responses) and emotion regulation, but they also include issues that our project wishes to explore methodologically and substantively, namely, what 'is' ambience/atmosphere and for whom, and how is it brought into being as an object of awareness, and how can attempting to explore the emotional content of interaction in scenes of care (musical interaction specially but always as intwined with many other features of the care setting) be enriched, enhanced, or - conversely - traduced - by attempts to engage with that content through explicitly aesthetic means. We are sharing some of these on our website and presenting a special session on this topic at the Last Chapter Festival this summer in Bergen. 
Type Of Art Creative Writing 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact Any impact is nascent at this stage but we hope to be able to report on impact after the Festival appearance in June 2020. 
URL https://careformusic212434243.wordpress.com
 
Title Poetry of Departures, 2021 
Description DeNora and Ansdell have both developed portfolio of ethnographic poetry which is linked to the methodological aims of the project (using poetic formats to query ethnographic research and representation - part of the project's objective to develop 'gentle methods'). We describe this work in detail on the project website and on the project Facebook page. they presented the work as part of the Music and Health Research Alliance in September 2020. https://careformusic.org/2020/12/07/poetry-of-departures-2/ https://careformusic.org/2021/01/06/655/ 
Type Of Art Creative Writing 
Year Produced 2020 
Impact Discussion by audience of new techniques in ethnographic documentation. 
URL https://careformusic.org/gentle-methods/
 
Description Findings that extend those reported in 2021 include:
1. Conducting as participation: We began to pursue this theme in 2021 and it continues to be important. The focus is on residents' musical conducting (engaging with and guiding the music therapist) as an important form of communicative gesture. Conducting is a kind of dancing or rhythmic gesture that is at once a form of instantaneous musical composing (the creative shaping of a musical future in dialogue and collaboration with someone else), a chance to connect in split second time with another inside musical media, an opportunity to exercise creative control, a form of pleasure.
2. Micro-temporal analysis highlights a 'logic of practice' on the part of people living with advanced dementia. When viewed through the 'musical microscope' - split-second to split-second review of musical activity on video, we see people living with advanced dementia learning musically and being highly creative in their musical responses. This creativity is often overlooked because it manifests in micro gestures, innovative or 'different' 'musical' and 'musicalised' practices (use of objects as expressive musical instruments (canes or zimmer frames), micro-forms of dance using feet, head, or arms when mobility is problematic, and encouraging the musical participation of others through gesture and gaze.
3. The project has highlighted how music offers a medium for relationship building between staff and residents for example, and a framework for thinking of residents as whole, interesting, persons - by no means as people who 'used to have' interesting lives or pursuits, but who retain character and musical personality and wo continue to engage in meaning making and who are interested in aesthetic (musical) media and activity, and who are very much alive and characterful in the setting.
4. We are using artistic methods (poetry, fiction, drawing) to represent situations of musical action. These artistic formats offer a means for questioning assumptions about people and data analysis. They are not, in other words, 'outputs' or resources for public engagement per se (as they often are in more explicit programs of 'artistic research'). Rather they are 'inputs' to the analytical process. The team produce artistic models of events, musical processes, or musical encounters for testing and questing ('why did you portray the scene in these colours, why focus on that moment in your story, what types of assumptions does this paragraph suggest you are making about the situation or the person's musical experience'?) There are several extended essays on the project blog that describe these methods and how they are used in combination with other person-centred and empathic modes of enquiry and representation.
These findings have been discussed in the published outputs and are being developed through the book manuscript in progress.
Exploitation Route Throughout the project we have offered regular training for postgraduate and undergraduate music therapy students at University of Bergen and Nordoff Robbins, London. We are preparing short training videos, diagrams and vignettes and are in consultation with the managers of care facilities and hospices and we hope to be able to conduct on site training when/if it is safe to do so. We also hope that the findings on how music can enhance the sense of empowerment and wellbeing can be widely communicated and we are in dialogue with a major US publisher about a book written with the general reader as intended audience. Members of the team are developing plans, separately and together for further, follow-on research into organisational cultures around and in support of end of life and musical pathways in late life. We expect the connection to Norway to deepen and will maintain that research link.
Sectors Education,Healthcare,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections

URL https://careformusic.org
 
Description Findings featured in Facebook posts on the Care for Music Facebook page have been discussed by members of the music therapy community in comments and responses. The website has had 8929 views so far with viewers from 54 countries worldwide. Responses to presentations online and at online conferences (youtube comments, chat, Q&A) suggest that the community of music therapists and community musicians is engaging with ideas from the project and reflecting on them in light of practical issues. We continue to provide training for the next generation of music therapists at 7 sites: Nordoff Robbins, University of Bergen, Korea, Israel, London (Nordoff Robbins), St Columbus Hospice, Edinburgh. The project will lead a roundtable at this year's European Music Therapy conference on music in late and end of life, focused on policy issues around care and featuring leading practitioners (CEO of Hospice in UK, Director of an Organisation on End of Life Care in Norway, music therapists and researchers). The project website now features 15 substantial entries on research and method in relation to music and care.
First Year Of Impact 2019
Sector Education,Healthcare,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections
Impact Types Cultural,Societal

 
Description Training for professional music therapists: Ansdell, DeNora and Schmid have run or contributed to training sessions on evidence and 'gentle methods' (a project aim is to develop what we describe as 'gentle methods' of analysis) at Nordoff Robbins PhD Seminar (practicing music therapists who are pursuing advanced training/research linked to their work) and at GAMUT, The Grieg Academy. We have led sessions on the importance of ethnographic and micro research methods in music therapy research and practice which have reached roughly 10 practitioners in London and 30 in Bergen.
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description Island Life and Death, Leverhulme Major Fellowship
Amount £81,020 (GBP)
Funding ID MRF-2021-012 
Organisation The Leverhulme Trust 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2022 
End 08/2024
 
Description Partnership with Earl Mountbatten Hospice 
Organisation Earl Mountbatten Hospice
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Access to research expertise and staff peer-to-peer training and data-analysis workshops
Collaborator Contribution access to facilities for planning data collection; expert advice on project and project advisory board membership
Impact At this stage outcomes are enriched research perspectives due to the interdisciplinary collaboration between sociology of music, music therapy and palliative care The project website, particularly the sections on engagement activities and gentle methods, reflects some of the anticipated directions that eventual publicaitons might take. There are events in the pipeline for spring/summer involving project partners, the first of which is a scheduled roundtable at teh British Academy with the aim of producing a briefing paper on care and music which will be circulated for discussion on the project web page.
Start Year 2019
 
Description GIOfest XIII George Lewis and Tia DeNora 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Discussion/presentation between composer George Lewis and DeNora around the topic of improvised music, wellbeing, dementia, Covid-19, inclusion, politics and alternative aesthetics in musical practice.The discussion was relayed by zoom broadcast and is available on youtube. Live chat and live discussion followed with members of Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.glasgowimprovisersorchestra.com/giofest/george-lewis--tia-denora/
 
Description How Can Music (Still) Help? Two Presentations/workshops for practitioners in Korea doing online music therapy sessions in Covid-19 times 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited workshop leadership to work with a group of Korean music therapists and trainees - cascading some of the recent research findings of the Care for Music project for practitioners working online in challenging circumstances with clients. Approx 30 participants, with good questions and debate as part of the workshop. Increased interest and awareness of the Care for Music research, and gave practical help in challenging times to fellow practitioners.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Implementation of home-based music therapy for people living and dying at home 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Patients, carers and/or patient groups
Results and Impact Home-based music therapy with a patient associated to the Sunniva Senter for Palliative Care. First steps towards the implementation of home-based music therapy for persons in palliative care in Bergen/Norway.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Inservice training at the Sunniva Centre for Palliative Care, Bergen, N, 1st of September 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 20 colleagues from the interdisciplinary team at Sunniva centre for palliative care attended the hybrid seminar, including information about the project, examples for data arrangement and analysis and a final discussion about music therapy's role in end of life care.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Inservice training at the Sunniva Centre for Palliative Care, Bergen, N, 20th of January 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Update to project´s implementation; discussion of adjustment for recruitment strategies for people in home based care during the pandemic.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Inservice training at the Sunniva Senter for palliative care, Haraldsplass Deaconess Hospital Bergen, Norway 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 25 professionals (specialised nurses, physicians, a physiotherapist, a psychologist, a priest) attended an inservice training about music therapy and the Care for Music-research project at the Hospice Sunniva Senter for Palliative Care at Haraldsplass Deaconess Hospital in Bergen, Norway. The participating colleagues reported an enhanced and extended understanding of music therapy´s role in interdisciplinary care, as well as of the research project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Invited keynote to a conference in Taiwan promoting changes in attitude towards therapeutic interventions with people with special needs 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact An Invited keynote titled 'Caring for Music, Caring for Ability. A Perspective from Music Therapy' at the International Conference on Multimodal assisted intervention for individuals with special needs Taiwan. The conference was designed to shift attitudes towards interventions for people with special needs and disabilities in Taiwan. My talk outlined perspectives from the Care for Music in illustration of this changed perspective - towards mutual care and distributed expertise.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Keynote Lecture Art in Education Conference, Oslomet University, Oslo August 28-30 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Roughly 120 attendees, the keynote described the importance of 'legacy resources' (music in particular) in later life and for mental health and mentioned the MARCH project as a key project devoted to and promoting this topic and outlined the first phase of Care for Music.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.oslomet.no/om/arrangement/art-in-education/programme-art-in-education
 
Description Leading a professional online forum for music therapists working virtually during early Covid-19 time at Suffolk Music Therapy Services 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact 20 professional music therapists attended this online workshop. I was invited to lead the workshop as it interfaced with some of the practical and theoretical concerns of the Care for Music project - ie careful observation of resident and staff participation within care home settings, and how best to facilitate music therapy engagement. It engaged professionals in third sector organisations coping with the early days of delivering online session in the Covid crisis. It led to good quality discussion.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Lecture, University of Rome III on project themes, December 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Postgraduates and Undergraduates plus ministerial employee and academics to discuss and debate issues around non-verbal communication and music's important role when speech is not available. Laid groundwork while there fore follow-on research in collaboration with specialist in memory studies.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Music and Wellbeing, A British Academy Ten Minute Talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A talk in the British Academy Series of 'Ten Minute Talks' it has received over 2000 views. Live discussion and subsequent comments from viewers. The talk described some of the work in progress for Care for Music and also the perspectives being developed in the MARCH Network project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_rANbrJ0eI
 
Description Online presentation [with Tia DeNora] to the Methods Alliance online seminar: 'Poetry of Departures' - Gentle Methods in Care for Music. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation to a newly-instituted ongoing online professional group of researcher and practitioners in the arts in health area - Methods Alliance. First presentation of the group outlining work in development on the poetics of 'gentle methods' (one of the key foci of the Care for Music project) and focusing the agenda for ongoing presentations and debates by other international members of the group.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Online presentation at Roma Tre University with Prof DeNora on music, hope, and aesthetic methods in relation to the Care for Music research 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact This invited presentation to an established academic group in Italy (along with PI Prof DeNora) presented aspects of the ongoing methodological perspectives of the project to a wider academic audience - linking this to sociological and practice-based perspectives in the therapies, and education.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Online presentation at World Congress of Music Therapy, University of Pretoria, South Africa, July 2020. With project partners Tia DeNora and Gary Ansdell - Care for Music: An ethnography in late life and end of life settings. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Online presentation with co-presenters Tia deNora and Gary Ansdell on the core developing ideas of the research to an international professional audience and music therapists in training. We outlined the research area and preliminary findings, sparking interest in the ongoing project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Online presentation of the project to members of the Nettverk for Palliative Care in Western Norway, 8th of March 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation of the project to an interdisciplinary audience of professionals working in palliative care in Western Norway. Information about music therapy in palliative care and how "Care for Music" will add to former knowledge by user involvement and interdisciplinary collaboration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Online presentation to music therapy Master´s students at the University of Bergen, N, 16th of November 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Online presentation of project with discussion of practicalities and ethics of user involvement in palliative care research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Online presentation to music therapy students, Haifa University, Israel: What's (Still) Possible in Music? 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Invited teaching seminar to postgraduate students training to be music therapists at University of Haifa, Israel. Presentation of perspectives on research practice relating to the Care for Music project - in particular to the nature of the 'accidental experiment' created by the Covid 19 pandemic, and the need for music therapist to provide online provision, and to reflexively examine this. Developing themes from the Care for Music research proved useful to student and other attending practitioners, as well as raising the profile of the research project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Panel on Care and Arts for Nordic International Grieg Research School in Music Studies: presented our research program and led discussion as part of this summer school drawing together music therapists and music researchers, staff and postdoctoral researchers 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Roughly 30 postgraduate researchers in music therapy and allied disciplines plus associated university staff and postdoctoral researchers plus music therapy practitioners took part in this conference event in June 2019. We hosted a panel on Care and the role of the arts in care and facilitated a general discussion. This was the 'launch' conference event for the project and coincided with the first Investigators' meeting in Bergen.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://careformusic212434243.wordpress.com/what-counts-as-music-and-for-whom/
 
Description Participation as invited panel member - Arts in Palliative Care: Reconsidering care, aesthetics, values. St Columbas Hospice, Edinburgh. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited panel member on this online conference for practitioners and others involved in the arts in palliative care settings. Able to contribute developing perspectives on research from Care for Music project, especially in relation to current needs to provide work online during Covid-19 times. Contribution led to good debate amongst panel and questioners later on subject of 'accidental experiment'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Presentation (with Prof DeNora) at conference in Bergen University, Norway on a key methodological innovation of the Care for Music project 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact The presentation (with Prof DeNora), '"Poems are made by fools like me"? Gentle Methods in Scenes of Care' was a contribution to an interdisciplinary conference - Last Chapter seminar - hosted by the Faculty of Fine Arts, Music and Design, University of Bergen. Our contribution introduced to delegates ongoing methodological innovations from the Care for Music project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Presentation as part of the Last Chapter Festival, Bergen, Norway (focus on older people and quality of life) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Part of a festival of old age and quality of life, presentation on our research and use of artistic methods as interrogative techniques.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.uib.no/prosjekt/aldring/147325/videos-last-chapter-seminar-sessions-g
 
Description Presentation at British Association of Music Therapy national conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation (with PI Prof Tia DeNora) at the National Music Therapy Conference, presenting ongoing outcomes from the Care for Music study. Engaged with current thinking in the discipline and profession leading to useful debate.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Presentation at Nordoff Robbins social value of music conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Varied audience of over 100 attended Nordoff Robbins Social Value of Music conference at Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy, London. My talk was 'When (exactly) is wellbeing? (What clues does music therapy give?)'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presentation at World Congress of Music Therapy, South Africa July 2020: with project Co-Investigators, Wolfgang Schmid and Gary Ansdell - Care for Music: An ethnography of music in late life and end of life settings. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation on the core developing ideas of the research to an international professional audience and music therapists in training. Outlined the research area and preliminary findings, sparking interest in the ongoing project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Presentation at World Congress of Music Therapy, South Africa [online] July 2020: with project partners Wolfgang Schmid and Tia DeNora - Care for Music: An ethnography of music in late life and end of life settings. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation with co-presenters DeNora and Schmid who are collaborators on the Care for Music project. Presentation on the core developing ideas of the research to an international professional audience and music therapists in training. Outlined the research area and preliminary findings, sparking interest in the ongoing project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Presentation for representative from user panel at Haraldsplass Deaconess Hospital in Bergen (N) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Patients, carers and/or patient groups
Results and Impact Presentation and discussion of research. Addressing practical and ethical issues of involvement of dying people and their families in research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Professional skills and research skills workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact October 2019: 30 music therapy advanced practitioners attended a weekend workshop I led at Concordia University, Canada. There were two presentations: (i) 'Deep listening in music therapy practice - Care for music in later life settings' [open day workshop for students and alumni]; (ii) 'Designing ecologically valid research - towards an AHRC project' [MA students & alumni]
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Research information workshop at music and care conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 20 participants attended a research information workshop on music and care at a major conference on this theme - The power of music in health and social care conference, Nottingham University. My workshop (with Dr Orii McDermott, Nottingham University) helped music therapy and music & health practitioners orientate to the latest research on music and care.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Research meeting at Grieg Academy Centre for Music Therapy Research (GAMUT), University of Bergen (N) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation and discussion of research, in particular data arrangement and analysis, with a group of international scholars.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Research pitch at NRK (Norwegian Broadcasting) in Bergen 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Presentation of project for NRK journalists and communication department of University of Bergen (N).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Seminar and lecture for music therapy students at University of Bergen 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Seminar and lecture for 14 music therapy students at University of Bergen. Presenting research design, examples from data arrangement and analysis.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Seminar on care for music and hope 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Seminar to Newcastle University Department of Sociology https://www.ncl.ac.uk/gps/events/item/seminar-series-2/
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Virtual book launch University of Roma III, Hope: the dream we carry 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Presentation and discussion of Hope by Professors Anna Lisa Tota, Gary Ansdell and myself on the publication of Hope (Palgrave 2021)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Workshop with medical students at Imperial College Medical School, London on music therapy at the end of life, and the Care for Music research 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact This teaching-based workshop offered perspectives from music therapy near the end of life for medical students in training and engaging with the Medical Humanities. The workshop drew heavily on the emerging results from the Care for Music project and its novel perspectives linking practice-based and academic perspectives on music and health.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description e-poster presentation of the project at the 16th National Norwegian Conference in Palliative Care, 3rd - 5th of March 2021, Oslo, Norway 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation of project with focus on the Norwegian research site, the Sunniva Senter for Palliative Care at the Haraldsplass Deaconess Hospital in Bergen, Norway. Communication of the project´s ideas to a wider interdisciplinary audience in Norway. Part of recruitment strategy for the Norwegian site.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description keynote presentation at music and care conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 200 people attended an international conference on music and care - The power of music in health and social care conference, Nottingham University. My Keynote was 'Taking an improvisational attitude to music's help'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description sub-keynote presentation at World Congress of Music Therapy [online], South Africa, July 2020 'Shining Some (Gentle) Light on Ecological Validity in Music Therapy Research'. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited sub-keynote on a topic central to the Care for Music project - aspects of 'gentle method' which was within a spotlight session accessed by all conference delegates to the major international conference (held every three years). Reached all delegates which included professional practitioners and music therapists in training. Cascaded developing perspectives on methodology from the Care for Music project and led to awareness of project and its concerns, and good quality discussion.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020