Music and Health

A core faculty member with the Music and Health Research Collaboratory (MaHRC) at the University of Toronto, Kevin Komisaruk explores intersections between performance practice, rhetoric, flow theory, kinaesthetics, and improvisation, and how these impact the spiritual, emotional, and physical health of artists and listeners. In practice he develops applications for advanced musical performance in medicine, especially palliative care and stroke rehabilitation, exploring the relevance of the interpretive process in developing complementary therapies for pain and anxiety.

MaHRC is an inter-disciplinary collaborative research center in the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto. MaHRC conducts basic and translational (clinical) research dedicated to  applications of music in the health sciences.  For this purpose MaHRC builds research teams  from disciplines such as music, aesthetics, neuroscience, medicine, rehabilitation sciences, psychology, engineering, education, and other related fields.   MaHRC was established in 2012 and is continuing to formalize affiliations, appoint members, and activate research projects.” Source: University of Toronto, Faculty of Music

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Performance-Based Music in Palliative Care

Neurological Rehabilitation Pilot at Bridgepoint Hospital