Music Therapy in Norway
On these pages, we will briefly present music therapy in Norway today, focusing on the profession, education and research. Information about the Norwegian Music Therapy Association can be found here.
Norwegian music therapy has had a tremendous development since it first started in the 1970s. The last 10 years, developments have been particularly rapid, especially in relation to education and research. Today there are two strong centres of music therapy in Norway, in Oslo and Bergen, where the educations are located. Both in Oslo and Bergen there are also active research centers, namely Centre for Music and Health at the Norwegian Academy of Music and GAMUT - The Grieg Academy Music Therapy Research Centre at the University of Bergen/Uni Health. Norwegian research projects in music therapy include various types of qualitative studies, theory-generating studies, randomized controlled trials, and meta-analyzes.
Music therapists in Norway work in a range of fields, including community arts, mental health care, hospitals, outpatient clinics, kindergartens, schools, child care, senior centers, nursing homes, hospice programs, prisons and private practice.
Music therapy in Norway is often part of a multidisciplinary treatment context and requires planning, ongoing evaluation, and monitoring. Community music therapy in various contexts is also strong in Norway.
Today it is possible to train as a music therapist at the Norwegian Academy of Music (Oslo) and the Grieg Academy - Department of Music (University of Bergen). The two Norwegian programs collaborate closely and provide education at the same level of qualification. There are also opportunities for studies in music and health part-time at Vestfold University College and the Norwegian Academy of Music.
The Norwegian Academy of Music offers a master in music therapy. The music therapy program consists of a one-year study in Music and health at an undergraduate level (BA) and a two-year master's degree in music therapy (MA). Admission requirements for the one-year program are two years of relevant higher education and passed the entrance exams http://www.nmh.no
Opportunities for study at a doctoral level (PhD) exist both at the Norwegian Academy of Music and the University of Bergen.
The Grieg Academy offers a 5-year integrated master's degree in music therapy. Students must meet admission requirements for university education and pass the entrance exams.
Opportunities for study at the doctoral level exist both at the Norwegian Academy of Music and the University of Bergen.
In Norway there are two research centers of music therapy: GAMUT in Bergen and the Center for Music and Health in Oslo.
About GAMUT - The Grieg Academy Music Therapy Research Centre
GAMUT was established in 2006. Head of the centre is Professor Brynjulf Stige. Other senior researchers include Jörg Assmus, Simon Gilbertson, Christian Gold, Jill Halstead, Viggo Krüger, Karin Mössler, Randi Rolvsjord, Wolfgang Schmid, and Geir Olve Skeie. Several PhD-candidates are also linked to the centre.
GAMUT conducts research on the relation between music and health, in clinical and everyday contexts, and aims at combining theoretical, qualitative, and quantitative research, including randomized controlled trials and meta-analyses. Areas of research include music therapy in mental health, music therapy in neuro-rehabilitation, music therapy with the elderly, and community music therapy.
GAMUT also publishes two international music therapy journals, the Nordic Journal of Music Therapy and the internet magazine Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy.
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Center for Music and Health
Centre for Music and Health was established in 2008. Head of the Centre is Professor Gro Trondalen. Other senior researchers include Lars Ole Bonde, Even Ruud, Karette Stensæth, and Marie S. Skånland. The Centre is hosting the Nordic network of Music Culture and Health (MUCH) http://www.nmh.no/Senter_for_musikk_og_helse/nordic_network and several PhD-candidates are linked to the Centre.
Centre for Music and Health has a two folded mission. Firstly, the Center for Music and Health conducts research within the field of music and health, in therapy settings and in everyday life, using both qualitative and quantitative research including expressive and receptive approaches. Areas of research are music and health in everyday life activities (i.e. choir, lullabies), the use of music in youth mental health care settings, music therapy with underage refugees and people suffering from dementia, in addition to music therapy and technology.
Secondly, the Centre disseminates information to the general public on music and health, providing information on ongoing activities at the Centre as well as news related to the relationships of music and health in general through a web-site http://www.nmh.no/Senter_for_musikk_og_helse/for_english_readers and facebook http://www.facebook.com/sfmhNMH
The Centre also provides literature databases on music and health www.nmh.no/Senter_for_musikk_og_helse/Litteratur/66817 and publishes research anthologies within the Series from Centre for Music and Health http://www.nmh.no/Senter_for_musikk_og_helse/skriftserie
Music Therapy in Norway
Trondalen, Gro, Rolvsjord, Randi & Stige, Brynjulf (2010). Music Therapy in Norway - Approaching a New Decade. Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy. http://testvoices.uib.no/?q=country-of-the-month/2010-music-therapy-norway-approaching-new-decade