Music for Health and Well-being Conference

Date of conference: 10 March 2021
Site: Online event
Registration deadline: 7 March 2021

About the Conference

Playing or listening to music improves the health and well-being of communities and individuals. In this conference, we will gather investigators and professionals to share their work on different relations that exist between music and well-being.

This conference will be held online, a platform through which we hope to encourage the presentation of research and work in the field equally.

This conference is organized by the Sing for your health project team and framed within the ISCTE Health initiatives.

Free participation if previously registrated.

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    10 March 2021 (online)

    09:30 – Welcome session

    Moderation : Prof. Luisa Lima, Iscte

    In attendance: Minister of Culture
    Chairman of Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Almada
    Chairman of Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa
    Chairman of the Board of Directors of OPART / São Carlos National Theater
    Director of São Carlos National Theatre
    Dean of UAL
    Dean of Iscte

    10:00– Keynote by Prof. Glenn Schellenberg (Univ. of Toronto e Iscte)
    ‘When does exposure to music have positive side effects?‘

    Moderation: Prof. Iolanda Galinha, CIP-UAL

    10:45 – 11:00h – Break with music from Pedro Baião

    11:00 – Presentations session 1
    Research and interventions involving music and health

    Moderation: Prof. César Lima, Iscte

    1. Iolanda Galinha (CIP-UAL): “Singing for your health”:
      Experimental study of the effects of a group singing program on the well-being of the elderly
    2. Diego Pinal (Psychology Research Center, UM):
      The role of social and physiological variables in cognitive improvements: results of the “Sing for health” Program
    3. Helder Miguel Fernandes (CIDESD-UTAD and RECI_Piaget):
      Effects of the choir singing program “Singing for your health” on the physical and mental health of the elderly
    4. Maria João Lima (CIES-Iscte, OPAC, Portuguese Observatory on Cultural Activities):
      Singing in chorus: sociability and well-being
    5. Ana Paula Góis (Portuguese Association of Music in Hospitals and Solidarity Institutions):
      Music Project in Institutions

    12:30 – 13:30- Lunch break

    13:30 – Presentation of the project “Singing for your health”: the project seen through the eyes of the protagonists and a “making of” documentary

    Moderation: Prof. Carlos Pedro Dias, UAL
    Participation from the artistic, scientific and social teams as well as representatives from the senior participants

    15:00 – Presentations session 2
    Research and interventions involving music and health

    Moderation: Dr. Anabela Pires
    1. Vera Lúcia da Silva Tavares (EMA – School of Music and Arts):
      "Play at being musicians" in the Inpatient Pediatric Ward of the Hospital Garcia de Orta, a case study
    2. Maryléa Elizabeth Ramos Vargas (A Different Symphony Project - RS):
      Adapting music therapy for autistic spectrum disorders to the remote environment
    3. Fabiana Leite Rabello Mariano (Universidade Nova de Lisboa):
      Impacts of an educational music project on the daily lives of babies and small children from the families’ perspective
    4. Nuno Miguel Pinto Amaral (EMA – School of Music and Arts):
      Music in Psychiatry

    16:15-16:30 – Break with music from “Singing for your health”

    16:30 – Keynote by Prof. Hilary Moss (University of Limerick, Rep. of Ireland): ‘Singing for health and well-being: lessons learned and avoidable mistakes!‘

    Moderation: Prof. Henrique Martins, Iscte-Saúde

    17:15h – Closing session: overview and final thoughts

    Moderation: Dr Américo Rodrigues, Director-General of Arts Arts Rapporteur: Prof. José Neves, Director of OPAC – Portuguese Observatory for Cultural Activities


    Organizing Committee

    Prof.ª Maria Luísa Lima, Iscte, Lisbon (Chair)
    Prof.ª Cristina Camilo, Iscte, Lisbon
    Dr.ª Maria Assis Almeida, Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Almada
    Dr.ª Etelvina Ferreira, Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa
    Prof. João Pina, Iscte, Lisbon

    Comissão Científica

    Prof.ª Iolanda Galinha, Univ. Autónoma de Lisboa (Chair)
    Dr.ª Anabela Pires
    Prof.ª Sibila Marques, Iscte, Lisbon
    Prof. César Lima, Iscte, Lisbon
    Prof. Henrique Martins, Iscte, Lisbon

    Honor Committee Sr.ª Doutora Graça Fonseca, Minister of Culture Sr.ª Doutora Marta Temido, Minister of Health Sr. Dr. Américo Rodrigues, General Director for the Arts Sr.ª Dr.ª Inês de Medeiros, Mayor of Almada Sr. Dr. Edmundo Martinho, President of Santa Casa da Misericórdia of Lisboa Sr. Dr. Joaquim Barbosa, President of Santa Casa da Misericórdia of Almada Sr.ª Doutora Ana Jorge, Coordinator of the Mission Unit of Santa Casa da Misericórdia of Lisbon and former health minister Srª Professora Doutora Maria de Lurdes Rodrigues, Dean of Iscte Sr. Professor Doutor José Amado da Silva, Dean of UAL

    About the project

    The Sing for your health project was developed by Anabela Pires, presented and financed within the Participatory Budget Portugal 2017, under the heading “Singing Groups for Seniors.”

    Several groups, involving a total of 150 seniors, participated in the singing programs throughout 2019 and 2020, which aimed to evaluate effects on the well-being, cognitive functioning, and overall health of the participants.

    The results were analyzed by specialist investigators in four areas of psychology – psychosocial, neuropsychological, psychomotricity, and health. Scientific coordination of the project was led by Professor Iolanda Galinha from Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa and Professor Luísa Lima from Iscte, with the collaboration of Professor António Labisa Palmeira from Faculdade de Motricidade Humana.

    Direção-Geral das Artes implemented and coordinated the project in partnership with Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Almada, Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa, CEU-UAL, ISCTE-CIS-IUL, and OPART/Teatro Nacional São Carlos, with scientific direction from Doctor Iolanda Galinha (UAL) and Doctor Maria Luísa Lima (Iscte), artistic direction from Anabela Pires and João Frizza, and musical direction from Sérgio Fontão.

    Câmara Municipal de Almada (Convento dos Capuchos, Fórum Municipal Romeu Correia), Universidade Lusófona, Faculdade de Motricidade Humana, and Centro de Medicina Laboratorial Germano de Sousa are also associated with the project.

    See here the scientific article published about this project.