(Central European Time)

9:00-10:00    Opening words, Keynote by Prof. Teppo Särkämö (University of Helsinki): Singing in the ageing and recovering brain

10:00-11:30  Presentations from Denmark (Lars Ole Bonde, Helle Nystrup Lund, Stine Lindahl) and Sweden (Töres Theorell and Eva Bojner Horwitz)

11:30-12:00  Lunch break

12:00-13:30  Presentations from Norway (Karette Stensaeth, Kari Batt-Rawden, Viggo Krüger) and Finland (Suvi Saarikallio, Annika Tammela, Jaana Ruotsalainen)

13:30-14:00  Coffee break

14:00-15:00   IAMM* Café – Nordic Network on Research in Music and Public Health (Lars Ole Bonde, Karette Stensaeth, Gro Trondalen, Eva Bojner-Horwitz, Suvi Saarikallio & Suzanne Hanser)

15:00-15:45   PhD supervisor/student dialogue (Eveliina Stolp & Gro Trondalen), networking

16:00-16:30   Closing discussion – future steps of the network

*IAMM = International Association for Music & Medicine


Registration is now open, until 4.11.2021. Participation is free of charge. You will receive the zoom-link by registering here.


We invite you to submit an abstract (max 200 words) though this link by 8th October 2021. Notifications of accepted contributions will be made by 15th October.


Suvi Saarikallio
Vice Head responsible for Research and Innovations, Associate Professor, University of Jyväskylä


Singing in the ageing and recovering brain
Dr. Teppo Särkämö, PhD, University of Helsinki

Teppo Särkämö

Across life, music has a unique capacity to enhance mood and arousal, facilitate communication and social interaction, support emotional and creative self-expression, provide reward and motivation for learning, and engage widespread brain networks. These versatile aspects of music come together especially in singing, which, based on clinical and neuroimaging research carried out during the last 20 years, has emerged as a promising tool to support healthy ageing and in the rehabilitation of ageing-related neurological illnesses. In this presentation, I will discuss recent advances in music neuroscience and rehabilitation and present empirical research on the behavioural and neural effects of (ii) choir singing in healthy older adults, (ii) vocal music listening in stroke rehabilitation, (iii) singing-based rehabilitation of aphasia, and (iv) caregiver-implemented musical activities in dementia.

Nordic seminar on Music & Public Health

November 5th, 2021
Online / University of Jyväskylä, Finnish Music Campus (Zoom link provided later)
Organizer: Nordic Network in Research on Music and Public Health