Crossroads of Music and Wellness Exchange

The connection between music experiences and the overall impact on health and wellbeing has received significant attention from researchers, policy makers, practitioners, musicians, and the general public. This exchange focused on identifying and exploring ways individuals are engaging in music experiences to enhance quality of life; maintain physical, cognitive, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing; and build community.   

Friday, May 17, 2019
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Berklee College of Music
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02215

The livestream is available here.


8:30 a.m. Registration/Check-In

Coffee and Conversation
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street

9:00 a.m. Welcome/Opening Remarks

Darla S. Hanley, Ph.D.; Dean, Professional Education Division

9:15 a.m. Crossroads of Music and Wellness

Joy Allen, Ph.D., MT-BC; Chair, Music Therapy; Acting Director, Music and Health Institute 

9:30 a.m. Music and Workplace Wellness

Renee Connolly, Global Head of Communications and Corporate Responsibility, MilliporeSigma

9:45 a.m. Music Participation and Quality of Life of Senior Citizens

C. Victor Fung, Ph.D.; Professor of Music Education; Director of Center for Music Education Research, University of South Florida, College of Arts




Lisa Lehmberg, Ph.D.; Associate Professor; Coordinator of Music Education, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

10:15 a.m. The Effects of Participation in a Grief Choir on Perceived Grief, Coping, Energy, Social Support, and Health


Lauren DiMaio, Ph.D., MT-BC; Assistant Professor of Music Therapy, Radford University


10:45 a.m. Break

11:00 a.m. Interdisciplinary Aspects of Cultural Engagement for Older Adults: Who, When, Where, Why, and How


Penny Roberts, Ph.D., MT-BC; Professor of Music Therapy, Loyola University, New Orleans; Cresent City Cultural Programs, LLC

11:30 a.m. Music Therapy Strategies for Wellness


Suzanne Hanser, Ed.D., MT-BC; Chair Emerita and Professor of Music Therapy, Berklee College of Music


12:00 p.m. Lunch

1:00 p.m. Music Therapy: Promoting Quality of Life in Persons Experiencing Homelessness


Cheryl Dileo, Ph.D., MT-BC; Emerita Laura H. Carnell Professor of Music Therapy; Founding Director, Arts and Quality of Life Research Center, Temple University

1:30 p.m. Military Music Therapy: The Chelsea Soldier’s Home


Natasha Grossfeld, MT-BC; Music Therapist, Chelsea Soldiers Home

2:00 p.m. Singing with Parkinson’s Choir


Eve Montague, M.S.M., MT-BC; Director of the Creative Arts Therapies Department, South Shore Conservatory (SSC)


2:30 p.m. An Aphasia Community Chorus: Language and Social Implications


Caitlin Hyatt, MT-BC; Neurologic Music Therapy Fellow, Clinical Operations Manager, MedRhythms Therapy


3:00 p.m. Sense of Purpose in Life and Impact on Physical Health


Eric S. Kim, Ph.D.; Research Scientist, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

3:30 p.m. Break

3:45 p.m. Music and Wellness Freestyle: Roundtable Discussions

This is an opportunity for participants to reflect on the presentations shared, exchange ideas, and explore key issues, trends, and practices related to music and wellness.

4:30 p.m. Wrap-up/Closing Reception