The role of music during social isolation: Perspectives through technology, wellbeing and education

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The Role of Music during Social Isolation: Perspectives through Technology, Wellbeing and Education

The Journal of Music, Health, and Wellbeing (ISSN 2515-981X) (formerly Musicology Research Journal) offers online publications for current research into applied music across a broad range of disciplines and subject areas, including Health and Social Care, Education and Creativity, Therapeutic Arts (such as Music Therapy), Arts and/for Health, Health Humanities, Social Sciences & Public Health perspectives of Music (including Cultural, Social, and Medical Anthropology, Ethnomusicology, Music Sociology, Music Psychology, and Music & Neuroscience), practices in Composition, Performance, Improvisation, & Listening, and Community Music.

In light of the recent COVID-19 pandemic, The Journal of Music, Health, and Wellbeing is inviting abstract submissions for a collection of articles on the role of music during social isolation. We are particularly interested in prompting discussions on how music is being adopted in various settings, including, but not limited to: promotion of social and cultural wellbeing; for use as an educational tool across all ages; in adaptions to curriculum and courses in Universities and other Higher Education Institutions (particularly music degrees and related pedagogical practices); and as a form of creativity and entertainment for those in isolation, such as online music groups, virtual instrumental tuition, and digitally-mediated performances/concerts/gigs. We welcome discussions exploring how music is changing and adapting due to the pandemic in online domains such as social network platforms, and in-and-around peoples’ homes across the world, especially in varying government responses to the public health crisis.

Applications should be made in the form of a submission of an abstract (no longer than 300 words) for publication of a paper of 6000-8000 words. Abstract submissions should be made online at:

All abstracts will be considered by the Editorial Board. Applicants will be notified of the outcome before a full paper submission is required. Accepted submissions are for complete manuscripts, submitted back to our Team, and sent for external double-blind peer review. Publication of articles are subject to Reviewer and Editorial approval. All final manuscripts are subject to copy-editing and typesetting, including author confirmation of final proofs. Articles are published at quarterly points within the year: Autumn; Winter; Spring; Summer. Authors may submit as many articles as preferred at any one time. Manuscripts requiring corrections must be re-submitted within a given timeframe. All final articles are open-access, published online, and made accessible as a downloadable PDF file. The Journal of Music, Health, and Wellbeing is a non-profit Journal with no membership or subscription fees, no publishing fees, and no article download fees. Copyrights of all publications remain with the contributors.

For further information, or to make an informal enquiry, please contact Dr James Williams ( (Senior Lecturer in Therapeutic Arts (Music), University of Derby).


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