The Role of Culture in Music and Medicine: Considerations to Enhance Health


  • Sue Baines Capilano University



The expression and understanding of culture is relative to time and social context as individuals and groups within cultures struggle to negotiate the substance and implication of specific cultures [1]. Music and medicine are culturally derived as is the intersection between music and medicine, which at times can be integrated disciplines while at other times they may fester as disconnected treatment modalities. Analyzing the role of culture in music and medicine can reveal unique possibilities that may serve to enhance health.

Keywords: cultural competence, anti-oppresive practice, social justice, feminist, critical analysis, research, ethical, music therapy,health initiatives


El Rol de la Cultura en Musica y Medicina : Consideraciones para Mejorar la Salud

La expresión y la comprensión de la cultura es relativa al tiempo y al contexto social que, como individuos y grupos dentro de las mismas, luchan para negociar la esencia e implicaciones de culturas específicas (1). La música y la medicina derivan de la cultura y la intersección entre ambas puede a veces integrar estas disciplinas, mientras que en otras ocasiones pueden ser modalidades de tratamiento totalmente desconectadas. Analizar el rol de la cultural en la música y en la medicina puede revelar posibilidades únicas que pueden servir para mejorar la salud.


Die Rolle der Kultur in Musik und Medizin: Betrachtungen zur Verbesserung von Gesundheit

Ausdruck und Verständnis von Kultur ist bedingt durch die Zeit und den sozialen Kontext,  in dem Individuen und Gruppen innerhalb einer Kultur damit kämpfen,  Inhalt und Begleiterscheinungen bestimmter Kulturen zu überwinden. (1) Musik und Medizin sind, wie die Schnittstelle zwischen Musik und Medizin, kulturell abgeleitet; sie können manchmal integrierte Disziplinen sein, während sie zu anderen Zeiten als unvereinbare Behandlungsmodalitäten verwesen. Die Analyse der Rolle von Kultur in Musik und Medizin kann einzigartige Möglichkeiten zutage bringen, die dazu dienen, die Gesundheit zu verbessern.


Il ruolo della Cultura nella Musica e nella Medicina

L’espressione e la comprensione della cultura è relativa al tempo e al contesto  sociale per quanto individui e gruppi all’interno delle culture lottano per negoziare la sostanza e l’implicazione di culture specifiche.(1).C’è un intersezione tra musica e medicina. Musica e medicina sono culturalmente derivate. A volte musica e medicina possono essere discipline  integrate e a volte diventano due modalità di trattamento disconnessi. Analizzare il ruolo della cultura nella musica e nella medicina può rivelare possibilità uniche che potrebbero servire a migliorare la salute.




Sue Baines


文化的表現およびその理解は、時間や社会的コンテクストに関連している。すなわち、文化における個や集団が、特定の文化の本質や影響について折衷することは大変難しい (1)。音楽医療とは、文化と共に発生した分野であり、音楽と医療の横断領域といえる。これは、統合領域とみなされることもあれば、二つの全く異なる治療方法と捉えられることもある。音楽医療の文化的役割を分析することを通して、健康増進に寄与する独自の可能性を検証する。



Author Biography

Sue Baines, Capilano University

Faculty of Music Therapy


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