Healing through Music - The state of the art of Music in Medicine


Staff - Faculty of Biomedical Sciences

Date: 17 October 2022 / 18:00 - 19:00

Multipurpose Hall of the East Campus in Lugano

Research in recent decades shows how music has an impact on various medical specialities. The body of research is very broad and includes random clinical trials, mixed methods and mechanistic research in the field of neuroscience to examine psychosocial and physiological responses to specific musical programmes. The first lecture of Culture and Health 2022 - Healing through music will present a range of clinical applications for music (e.g. during labour and delivery to ease the pain of contractions, to help relaxation and to counter depression and anxiety). Literature has shown how different musical techniques can be used to advantage in various clinical settings.


  • Suzanne B. Hanser, professor of Music Therapy, Berklee College of Music Boston (USA)


  • Davide Robbiani, director of the IRB and professor at USI
  • Giuliano Bellorini, musician and musicologist, lecturer at USI and the “G. Verdi” Conservatory, Milan (I)

Music programme
Interzones for solo vibraphone and tape - Bruce Hamilton (1966*)
Performed by: Leonardo Tirindelli (vibraphone) and Danilo Gervasoni (live electronics)