Call for Papers


Musicology Research Journal (MRJ)

ISSN 2515-981X

Issue 7 (for Autumn 2019)

Music, Mental Health, & Wellbeing

Volume 2

In May 2018, the RMA, BFE, and NAHME held a joint Study Day and Workshop Day on Music, Wellbeing, and Mental Health. The event explored themes of music and silence for mental health, music and citizenship, music and the community, and mental health & wellbeing for musicians and in HEIs. Since this event, Musicology Research Journal (MRJ) released a Call for Papers echoing these topics, and will be publishing a volume of articles in May of this year (Spring 2019), co-edited by Dr James Williams (Ethnomusicology, University of Derby), Dr Caroline Waddington-Jones (Music and Wellbeing, University of Hull), Dr Sarah Mawby (Music Psychology, University of Leeds), and Dr Emma Sharpe (Psychology, University of Derby). Not only due to the interest in this volume by authors, but also the significance of the issues discussed in today’s music, education, and wellbeing climate, MRJ aims to release a second volume of articles in Autumn 2019. The themes for this Call for Papers once again echo the second RMA, BFE, and NAHME joint Study Day and Workshop Day that will be held again this year in May. Thus, as part of the Musicology Research Series, this second proposed edited volume (available as an open-access e-Journal and as online articles) aims to expand discussion(s) further on the role of music in areas of Mental Health and Wellbeing, including how music can be used in therapeutic practice (music therapy and Arts & Health contexts), and new uses and functions of music in educational settings. In short, the volume will offer studies considering the relationship between music and people at the interdisciplinary intersection(s) with the mind and cognition, mental health, human behaviour, creativity, well-being, healthcare practices, theories and methods, educational development, and curriculum. Thus, suggested themes to be explored may include, but are not limited to:


Music, Mental Health, and Therapy

– What new studies are evolving at the forefront of research in the therapeutic arts and music, and what new approaches/methods are being developed in applied music therapy?
– How, and to what extent, is music and therapeutic practice being explored internationally and between cultures?
– How is music being used in the Arts and Health sector to facilitate workshops with individuals with depression, stress and anxiety (e.g. PTSD, PND, trauma etc.)
– How is musical composition, performance and improvisation used in therapeutic practice, when working with a range of clients/patients across all ages, from children to adults, and what are the most recent recorded benefits?
– What new methods are being explored/theorised at the intersection between music, therapy and mental health?



Music, Pedagogy, and Wellbeing

– How is music being used as a developmental and creative tool in the teaching and learning (of a range of subjects) in pre-school and primary school?
– How are studies in music composition and performance being taught at secondary education and further education levels, both in the UK and internationally, and what issues are arising with regards to wellbeing?
– How is the teaching and learning of music (and other music-orientated studies) in Higher Education/University (undergraduate and postgraduate) changing within the ever-transforming political and economic climate of HE? What wellbeing issues are there?
– What new areas of study are developing and being taught in the field of music and wellbeing, (including developments in music psychology, sociology, therapy, ethnomusicology, etc.) and how will these areas inform our future HE climate and BA/BMus/MA/MMus/MPhil/PhD programmes/courses?
– What new methods are being explored/theorised at the intersection between music, pedagogy and wellbeing?


Other topics may include psychology and musical performance, music and creativity, music and synaesthesia, music and consciousness, music and phenomena (including paranormal phenomena), music and perception, and music processing and cognition. The volume aims to bring together scholars working at the intersection of music, sciences and social sciences. We especially encourage contributions from Postgraduates, PhD students, post-Doctoral Assistants, Associates and Scholars, and Early-Career Researchers. We also especially encourage submissions from presenters and attendees to the Study Day and Workshop Day. If you are presenting, we will be happy to receive abstracts/work similar to that submitted for the Study Day. Applications should be made in the form of a submission of an abstract (no longer than 300 words) for publication of a paper no longer than 5000 words. Applications should be made online at:www.musicologyresearch.co.uk/submissions .

All abstracts will be considered by the editorial board. Candidates will be notified by the end of May of the outcome of their submission. For further information, or to make an informal enquiry, please contact Dr James Williams ([email protected]) (Music & Therapeutic Arts, University of Derby) Abstracts should be submitted no later than Friday 17 May 2019.

James Williams (Principal Editor)                   E-mail: [email protected]