This week I explore arts in health and healing with Dr James Williams PhD, from the University in Derby, in the UK. Arts in health and healing refers to using things like music, literature and art in healthcare and community settings for therapeutic, educational, and expressive purposes. Results from over 3000 studies have identified a major role for the arts in the prevention of ill health, promotion of health, and management and treatment of illness across the lifespan. We will also be learning about ethnomusicology and discussing James’s recent site visit to a Tibetan refugee school. We’ll explore whether a greater understanding of other cultures and their relationship to music can contribute to more inclusive arts in health practices in Western countries. Yep we’re covering a lot! Dr James Williams is a senior lecturer in therapeutic arts (music) and an ethnomusicologist at the University of Derby UK. Dr Williams plays several instruments including the violin. He recently spent time studying music-making as a means of cultural preservation in Tibetan Schools for refugee children in Northern India which was subsequently written up in a co-edited book called Musical Spaces: Place , Performance and Power. It explores geographical approaches to ethnomusicology and is available for pre order. Dr Williams is also the Principal Editor of the international and peer-reviewed Journal of Music, Health, and Wellbeing. You can find out more about Dr James Williams and his work here.
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