Audience in an auditorium with a presenter

Conference Agenda

Symposium activities will include:

  • Three pre-conference events for medical staff and caregivers to explore how music can be beneficial for them as they are working under stress and at risk of burnouts. 
  • Post-conference events (May 7) for music teachers to improve their understanding of the links between music-making, health and wellbeing. 
  • An intensive 3-day conference (May 3 to 5) will feature six symposia, each providing scientific presentations, students’ thesis presentations and poster sessions, demonstrations, shared sessions, and round tables. We have opted for a symposia format that fosters extensive participation and discussions throughout. The public, patients and their families, will have access to the presentations, poster sessions and demonstrations.
  • A "Music on Prescription" summit at the end of the conference (May 5) will come up with a plan of action, specific recommendations and concrete strategies for the development and implementation of Music in prescription i.e., in the long-term, embedding community music practices in primary health care

This conference was made possible with the support of:

Social Sciences and Humanities
Research Council of Canada

Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre

Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation, uOttawa


More information

This symposium will be open to the public

Date and time
May 3, 2023 to May 5, 2023
All day
Format and location
Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre
Organized by
Music and Health Research Institute

Conference agenda

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Boy with special needs trying the french horn
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May 3

Day 1 - Conference symposiums

Symposiums on neurodevelopment disorders, mental health, music accessibility and music with older adults
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Boy with cochlear implant learning piano
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May 4

Day 2 - Conference symposiums

Symposiums on music for the deaf and hard of hearing, benefits of singing and musicians' wellness
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Violinist in session with a health practitioner
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May 5

Day 3 - Conference workshops

Musicians' physical and mental health workshops
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Person in medical garb holding a ukulele
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May 5

Day 3 - Music on prescription summit

Engaging various organizations and associations in developing and implementing a model of Music on Prescription

Contact us

Music and Health Research Institute

University of Ottawa
50 University Private
Perez Hall, Room 204
Ottawa, Ontario
Canada K1N 6N5

Tel: 613-562-5800 ext.2704
[email protected]