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Research Colloquium: Hilary Moss (University of Limerick)

January 19 @ 5:15 pm - 7:00 pm


Hilary Moss (University of Limerick). Music and creativity in hospitals and healthcare settings? Does music matter?

To receive the Zoom link, please provide your university email address here by 4pm on Tuesday. External attendees should register by emailing ella.marshall-shepherd@sjc.ox.ac.uk.


Hilary Moss will explore the role of music in healthcare spaces, its significance for people dealing with major illness and the notion of the arts as a vessel to explore humanitarian questions surrounding serious illness. Overarching themes of this paper include the role of music in taking control of one’s aesthetic environment; security and safety; listening; the normalization of the healthcare environment through music, the importance of individuality and expression of emotion when receiving healthcare; hope and expressing the inexpressible. With an emphasis on service user narratives, she will present a series of good practice examples using music in healthcare. Furthermore, a focus on aesthetic deprivation will contribute to debate on the intrinsic and instrumental value of music and the arts in modern society. In particular, her current research interest in how music causes harm and distress will be presented. She hopes the presentation will provoke and challenge notions of music being ‘good for everyone’ or ‘healing’ and encourage debate around music quality and standards of training for professional musicians working in hospital. She also hopes the event will inform those interested in a career in music therapy and/or scholarship in the health humanities.


Hilary Moss is a musician and music therapist with twenty five years work experience at the coal face of hospitals in UK and Ireland. Her PhD from Trinity College Dublin, Medical School focused on aesthetic deprivation: the role of the arts in healthcare settings and she holds an MBA in Health Service Management. She was Director of the National Centre for Arts and Health, Dublin from 2003 – 2012 and from 2016 has held the position of Senior Lecturer and Course Director of the MA Music Therapy at University of Limerick, Ireland. With over 40 publications on the interaction of arts, health and wellbeing and a strong track record in Health Humanities, she brings practical experience and research knowledge to the field of music, music therapy and hospital care.

About the series:

The Colloquia feature leading figures, as well as younger scholars, from across the world. They present their research in papers on all kinds of music-related topics. Graduate students Ella Marshall-Shepherd and Dylan Price organise the series. Presentations are followed by a discussion and virtual drinks reception. Free and open to all Music Faculty students and members.


January 19
5:15 pm - 7:00 pm
Event Category:


Faculty of Music
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