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Resource: Musical improvisation and health: a review (Psychology of Well-Being )

Musical improvisation and health: a review

Authors: Raymond AR MacDonald & Graeme B Wilson



There is an expanding field of research into how making or listening to music can improve wellbeing. As a spontaneous, social, creative nonverbal process unfolding in real time, musical improvisation between individuals is a unique psychological phenomenon distinct from other areas of musical activity. It may therefore have an influence on health or wellbeing distinct from other musical behaviours, and from other components of a musical intervention. Given the psychological complexity of this behaviour it is important to establish the parameters of improvisation, the effects on health or wellbeing that are perceived or claimed for it, and any mechanisms understood to bring about these effects. 

Published by: Psychology of Well-Being 

Publication Date: 2014

Country: United States

Language: English

Type: Reports/Papers