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Raw Sounds

Raw Sounds

Raw Material is a music and media education organisation in Brixton, South London

A Guide to Evaluation for Arts Therapists and Arts & Health Practitioners

Nordoff Robbins

Evaluation is crucial to the development and sustainability of Arts Therapy and Arts & Health practices.

This guide supports practitioners in their quest to integrate thorough evaluation procedures in their everyday practices by providing practical guidance for designing, planning and implementing bespoke evaluation projects.

Nordoff Robbins Evidence Bank (3rd edition)

Nordoff Robbins

The aim of this web-based publication is to collate research papers and other key sources of information, to help practitioners locate the resources they need quickly and easily. Following the success of the first (2010)and second (2012) edition, this third edition provides 21 Accounts with over a thousand references.

While the Music Lasts: on music & dementia

Hanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningen, the Netherlands; University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna; University of Goettingen in Germany

This book on the challenging topic ‘Music and Dementia’, describes recent research into the innovatory practice of ‘Music for Life’, a project managed by Wigmore Hall in London. Through engaging in music as a participatory process, its goal is to make the person behind the dementia visible again. The book explores the interaction between music and dementia through the stories of people who have been working closely together: three musicians, eight women living with dementia, five caregivers, a staff development practitioner, a project coordinator and three scientific observers.

rb&hArts case studies

Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust

rb&hArts' case studies take an in-depth look at some recent rb&hArts projects, from initial ideas through to final installations and performances, giving an insight into the aims, context, processes and outcomes of our work.


Sustaining the note of hope: music, dementia and meaningful lives

National Alliance for Arts, Health & Wellbeing; Rayne Foundation

Report from the ‘Music & Dementia’ seminar, 18 November 2013, hosted by The Rayne Foundation and the National Alliance for Arts Health & Wellbeing.

The report draws on the presentations, discussions and stories from a creative multidisciplinary seminar in order to:

Effects of music listening on adult patients' pre-procedural state anxiety in hospital.

Wales Centre for Evidence Based Care (a Collaborating Centre of the Joanna Briggs Institute) Cardiff School of Nursing and Midwifery, Cardiff University, Cardiff, Wales.


The psychoneuroimmunological effects of music: a systematic review and a new model.

Roehampton University

There has been a growing interest over the past decade into the health benefits of music, in particular examining its psychological and neurological effects. Yet this is the first attempt to systematically review publications on the psychoneuroimmunology of music. Of the selected sixty-three studies published over the past 22 years, a range of effects of music on neurotransmitters, hormones, cytokines, lymphocytes, vital signs and immunoglobulins as well as psychological assessments are cataloged.

What difference can evidence-based participatory music and arts make?

Joel Almeida

This is a service evaluation report of a NICE-based, facilitated weekly social support group for selfhelp. NICE is the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence. The facilitation uses music, creative writing, drama, visual and other arts based on self-help themes relevant to users.

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