The Music in Human and Social Development Research Group comprises a multidisciplinary team of researchers with expertise in music performance, music informatics, musical acoustics, the psychology and neuroscience of music, composition, community music, music and disability and orchestral outreach work. Our members have conducted pioneering work in the use of music in therapy and social reconstruction in zones of conflict, such as the Balkans, Caucasus and the Middle East.
We aim to be an active partner in the implementation of therapeutic, educational and social development programmes related to music, supporting the development of methodologies for intervention in these areas. We have strong community links with orchestras, schools, hospitals, prisons, NGOs and local authorities.
The group was established by Director, Dr Katie Overy, in collaboration with Professors Nigel Osborne and Peter Nelson.
The group holds regular events bringing together stakeholders from a range of backgrounds and disciplines. These are organised around original themes of shared interest, taking in topics such as 'Interactive Minds', 'Music and Medicine', 'Rhythm, Time and Temporal Processing' and 'Music, Language and Movement'.
Innovative collaborations include the design of a new musical instrument, the Skoog, for people with severe movement difficulties, and the exploration of the potential of singing to facilitate foreign language learning.
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