The MA Music Therapy team at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance are delighted to announce a guest lecture at the University of Limerick entitled The Science Behind a ‘Sing-Song’ – A public seminar on singing and health on 23 November at 4pm.

This seminar will present research and practice in the field of singing and health, bringing together a variety of perspectives from music therapy, music and health practice, traditional singing and speech and language therapy. The aim of the seminar is to explore the role of singing for health and wellbeing across ages and cultures and from different perspectives. We are delighted to welcome guest speaker Dr Trish Vella-Burrows, Deputy Director of the Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts & Health at Canterbury Christ Church University, which is one of the international leaders in Singing and Health Research as well as Ms Deirdre Kiernan who is a specialist in the treatment of voice disorders.

Presentations will be:

  • Singing in hospital by Dr Hilary Moss
  • The Science Behind a ‘Sing-Song’ by Dr Trish Vella Burrows
  • Here’s a Health to the Company – Aspects of Wellbeing in Irish Traditional Song by Dr Sandra Joyce
  • Singing for a lifetime; prevention and treatment of problems by Ms Deirdre Kiernan.

This event is open to the general public and is a free event. For more information phone 061213122 or e-mail


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