Music and Health: Knowledge Exchange, Mobilization, and Translation

Event Date and Time: 
Wednesday, May 3, 2023 - 9:00am to Friday, May 5, 2023 - 5:00pm
Event Type: 
Online Event: 
Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre
1145 Carling Avenue

Inaugural Conference of the Music and Health Research Institute (3 day Symposia)


Wednesday, May 3 @ 8:30am-5:30pm

Thursday, May 4 @ 9:00am-5:30pm

Friday, May 5 @ 9:00am-5:30pm


 The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Center

1145 Carling Ave, Ottawa, ON

Administration fees:

$50 (Regular) $20 (Student)

One time fee to register for any event session


The three-day event will feature seven symposia on themes at the cutting-edge of pressing issues in music and health as well as a summit on social prescription:

• Making music more accessible for people with disabilities.

• Therapeutic benefits of music learning for children with neurodevelopmental disorders. 

• Music appreciation and experiences of people with hearing loss. 

• Music making with older adults for improved health and wellbeing.

• Practices and effects of singing on health and wellbeing.

• Mobilization for music making and mental health

• Musicians’ health and wellbeing: evidence-based interventions.


• Music on Prescription

Over 25 speakers with varied expertise will deliver scientific presentations designed for a wide audience with a variety of backgrounds. The event will also be comprised of various workshops, sharing sessions and round tables designed to encourage discussion and knowledge exchange with conference attendees.

This conference will be a unique opportunity to benefit from a variety of perspectives, to share experiences and skills, and to debate crucial questions for the advancement of research and the implementation of research results in the community. It aims in establishing community music as a reliable approach for beneficial impacts on health and wellbeing in various care environments leading eventually to the development of a social prescribing model – Music on Prescription - that enables health and social professionals to refer individuals to community-based music activities.


May 3

Day 1 - Conference symposia

Symposia on neurodevelopment disorders, mental health, music accessibility, and music with older adults

May 4

Day 2 - Conference symposia

Symposia on music and hearing loss, benefits of singing, and musicians' wellness

May 5

Day 3 - Conference workshops

Musicians' physical and mental health workshops

Day 3 - Music on prescription summit

Engaging various organizations and associations in developing and implementing a model of Music on Prescription