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Music Therapy

“My instant reaction when I came across the music therapy programme at the academy was ‘yes!’. It offers the best of both worlds, and I can combine music and the individual.”

Tora Söderström Gaden, music therapist

Music Therapy is about actively applying music in human interactions, in order to improve health and quality of life.

Music therapy is a multidisciplinary field of study, encompassing subjects such as psychology, special needs education, musicology and healthcare combined with music. One key objective is to develop skills in communication and social interaction through musical instruments, the voice and human presence. Improvisation plays an important part in both the musical and the interpersonal interaction. Music therapy is both rewarding and challenging, and the department offers a hands-on practice arena. Music therapists often work with vulnerable people and people who find themselves in challenging circumstances. They may suffer from learning difficulties, dementia, addiction or other physical or mental health issues.

The academy has an eminent music therapy faculty, which includes the Centre for Research in Music and Health (CREMAH). Music therapy practice and research has resulted in recommendations on music therapy being included in the Norwegian Directorate of Health’s guidelines on treating psychosis and addiction.

The department continues to expand the uses for music therapy and how it can have a positive impact on people. Music therapy jobs can now be found in health and social care, the arts and education sectors. Music therapists also help create and design their own jobs.

 

Study opportunities

You can study music therapy as a master's subject or take our continuing study course in music and health (Norwegian only).

Contact

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Tone Kristine S Kvamme

Associate Professor

Music Therapy

Staff

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Bente Almås

Senior Lecturer

Music Therapy

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Gro Trondalen

Professor

Music Therapy

Ruth Eckhoff

Ruth Eckhoff

University Lecturer

Music Therapy

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Rita Strand Frisk

University Lecturer

Music Therapy

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Tone Kristine S Kvamme

Associate Professor

Music Therapy

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Tom Næss

Associate Professor

Music Therapy

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Karette Annie Stensæth

Associate Professor

Music Therapy

Venja Ruud Nilsen

Venja Ruud Nilsen

University Lecturer

Music Therapy

Odd Riisnæs

Odd Riisnæs

University Lecturer

Music Therapy

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Even Ruud

Professor Emeritus

Music Therapy

Arne Husjord

Arne Husjord

University Lecturer

Music Therapy

Hans Petter Solli

Hans Petter Solli

Post Doctor

Music Therapy

Are Brean

Are Brean

Associate Professor

Music Therapy

Maria Bovin de Labbe

Maria Bovin de Labbe

University Lecturer

Music Therapy

Felicity Baker

Felicity Baker

Professor II

Music Therapy

Research Fellows

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Merete Hoel Roaldsnes

Research Fellow

Music Therapy

Gisle Fuhr

Gisle Fuhr

Research Fellow

Music Therapy

Adrian Wangberg Drøsdal

Adrian Wangberg Drøsdal

Research Fellow

Music Therapy

Stine Camilla Flydal Blichfeldt-Ærø

Stine Camilla Flydal Blichfeldt-Ærø

Research Fellow

Music Therapy

Ingvild Stene

Ingvild Stene

Research Fellow

Music Therapy

Ingelill Eide

Ingelill Eide

Research Fellow

Music Therapy

Ingeborg Nebelung

Ingeborg Nebelung

Research Fellow

Music Therapy

Monika Overå

Monika Overå

Research Fellow

Music Therapy