Musical Life Stories. Narratives on Health Musicking

Project leader:
Even Ruud, Karette Annie Stensæth, Marie Strand Skånland, Lars Bonde

Project period:
2010 – 2015

Research centre:


Music therapy, Music and health

"Musical  Life Stories. Narratives on Health Musicking" is a qualitative research project. A central aim is to make visible how music in general has become an important part of people’s everyday lives and the way they are using music to take care of their wellbeing and life quality.


Musical life stories from persons from different practices and experiences have been collected, among them musicians, youth, persons with long term sickness absences, persons with mental handicaps, and persons who have experienced life crisis.

The material has been collected through different methodologies including interviews, autobiographies, diaries, focus groups , and observations, while several different theoretical perspectives are represented.

The research is published in a book called Musical Life Stories. Narratives on Health Musicking (2013)

15 original papers are written by authors from eight different countries, for instance Norway, Denmark, England, Germany, and Australia.

Project leader


Even Ruud

Professor Emeritus

Music Therapy


Karette Annie Stensæth


Music Therapy


Marie Strand Skånland

University Lecturer
Music Education and Music Therapy Department

Last updated: 9. February 2014