Healing through Music - Music therapy in child neuropsychiatric setting and psychiatry


Staff - Faculty of Biomedical Sciences

Date: 14 November 2022 / 18:00 - 19:00

Multipurpose Hall of the East Campus in Lugano

Many mental health problems are linked to emotional, relational, social and low motivation issues. It is, therefore, not surprising that music, a highly rewarding social art related to emotions, has been used to promote mental health. Systematic reviews of random controlled studies have shown that music therapy has beneficial effects and also highlight the limitations of current research, especially the lack of diversity in results. Music therapy differs in terms of activities, settings and goals. We, therefore, need more detailed research to understand better which kind of music therapy (from listening to different types of active music therapy approaches) is conducted by whom and in which setting is most valuable for specific patients and aims.


  • Christian Gold, professor at NORCE Bergen (NOR)


  • Antoni Rodriguez-Fornells, researcher at CBPU and ICREA Barcelona (ES)


  • Andrea Raballo, USI professor in psychiatric medicine

Music programme

NoaNoa for flute and live electronics - Kaija Saariaho (1952*)
Performed by: Letizia Caspani (flute) and Danilo Gervasoni (live electronics)