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Music Therapy

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

Study Music Therapy at the Academy

Communication skills and social interaction are the foundation of the Music Therapy study programme. Improvisation is central to the study of Music Therapy, as it is an important method of tuning in to different clients, and connecting with them on their own terms.

Students in the Master's programme in Music Therapy improvise and discuss their study programme.

Study Opportunities (currently only offered in Norwegian)

The Norwegian Academy of Music offers the following programmes in Music Therapy:

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Department Contact

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Tone Kristine S Kvamme

Associate Professor
Music Education and Music Therapy Department

Staff

Staff

In alphabetical order.
 

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Bente Almås

Senior Lecturer
Music Education and Music Therapy Department
Lars Bonde

Lars Bonde

Professor
Music Therapy
Are Brean

Are Brean

Associate Professor
Music Education and Music Therapy Department
Adrian Wangberg Drøsdal

Adrian Wangberg Drøsdal

Research Fellow
Music Education and Music Therapy Department
Ruth Eckhoff

Ruth Eckhoff

University Lecturer
Music Education and Music Therapy Department
Ingelill Eide

Ingelill Eide

Research Fellow
Music Education and Music Therapy Department
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Rita Strand Frisk

University Lecturer
Music Education and Music Therapy Department
Arne Husjord

Arne Husjord

University Lecturer
Music Education and Music Therapy Department
Kjersti Johansson

Kjersti Johansson

Research Fellow
Music Education and Music Therapy Department
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Tone Kristine S Kvamme

Associate Professor
Music Education and Music Therapy Department
Maria Bovin de Labbe

Maria Bovin de Labbe

University Lecturer
Music Education and Music Therapy Department
Venja Ruud Nilsen

Venja Ruud Nilsen

University Lecturer
Music Education and Music Therapy Department
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Tom Næss

Associate Professor
Music Education and Music Therapy Department
Odd Riisnæs

Odd Riisnæs

University Lecturer
Music Education and Music Therapy Department
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Merete Hoel Roaldsnes

Research Fellow
Music Education and Music Therapy Department
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Even Ruud

Professor Emeritus
Music Education and Music Therapy Department
Hans Petter Solli

Hans Petter Solli

Associate Professor
Music Education and Music Therapy Department
Ingvild Stene

Ingvild Stene

Research Fellow
Music Education and Music Therapy Department
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Karette Annie Stensæth

Associate Professor
Music Education and Music Therapy Department
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Gro Trondalen

Professor
Music Education and Music Therapy Department

PhD Candidates / Research Fellows

Adrian Wangberg Drøsdal

Adrian Wangberg Drøsdal

Research Fellow
Music Education and Music Therapy Department
Ingelill Eide

Ingelill Eide

Research Fellow
Music Education and Music Therapy Department
Kjersti Johansson

Kjersti Johansson

Research Fellow
Music Education and Music Therapy Department
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Merete Hoel Roaldsnes

Research Fellow
Music Education and Music Therapy Department
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Even Ruud

Professor Emeritus
Music Education and Music Therapy Department
Ingvild Stene

Ingvild Stene

Research Fellow
Music Education and Music Therapy Department

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Research and Development

The Music Therapy department at the Norwegian Academy of Music has a strong research team and collaboration contracts with international and domestic research communities and institutions operating in the field. The field of Music Therapy continuously changes in response to the needs of society.

The Centre for Research in Music and Health conducts research and several outreach programmes. Its objective is to expand knowledge about the relations between music and health.

Projects in Progress

GRUV - Joy, Rythm, Development and Growth (Glede, Rytme, Utvikling og Vekst). The project deals with facilitating free movement to music for small children under the age of three, in kindergartens in the Røros region.

Healthpromoting Music Furniture? The goal of the RHYME project is to improve health and life quality for persons with severe disabilities, through use of co-creative tangibles.

Musicians and Health. Individual music listening as a resource for health for professional musicians and music students applying the Guided Imagery and Music (GIM) method.

More Music Therapy projects.

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Professional Future

We work within a line of treatment which focuses on client resources, meaning that the therapist looks for and highlights strengths rather than problems with the client. Initiating treatment on the basis of a client's small or great resources and skills in musical play will often advance existing abilities and allow the client to discover and develop new skills.

Students are trained for professions in health care, social work, and education. Music Therapists are employed in a number of public sectors and institutions, such as:

  • Care of elders
  • Hospitals
  • Drug habilitation
  • Psychiatric care
  • Prison care
  • Special pedagogy
  • Adult learning

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