How does humanity create a system that allows diverse world views to shape the future?

Music touches us quite literarily.

Investigating a multi sensory stimulus such as music and its effects on the brain has been at the centre of research conducted within the Professorship in Music-based therapies and Interventions. It is the clinical approach and application of music in intervention and therapeutic settings, which informs neuropsychological as well as neuroscientific research into the effectivity of music therapy interventions in clinical and neurotypical populations across the life span.

Utilising collected data and result in turn, helps developing innovative (music)technologies and music/brain computer interfaces (mBCI), which make clinical music-based therapies and interventions fit for the 21st century.

The way we teach, learn and interact in todays society is changing faster than ever. Humans and Machines are increasingly working, living and interacting with each other. And yet, it remains crucial to place our focus on core human values, such as creativity and music. Against this backdrop, music therapists not only serve as clinicians but can be also regarded as guides towards care for others, elevating their knowledge towards experiences in clinical and non-clinical populations

The symbiosis between machine learning and human care and arts, lies in utilising experiences where man and machine complement each other and learn together, without hierarchies or superiority. It is now, we understand how to use technology to teach and practise care through the arts.

The mission of the professorship/lectoraat in music-based therapies and interventions therefore, approaches this conundrum within the context of a digital society, through research and education in both bachelor and master of music therapy:

             “MUSIC (Musical, Unique, Skilled, Innovative, and Collaborative) at the heart of music therapy

   Musical: Accumulate the understanding of the mechanisms of music: Research into the specific mechanisms of music as an expressive, enhancing, entraining,  and/or aesthetic aspect is essential for a thorough understanding of the mechanisms of music in treatment.

   Unique: Integration by focusing on effective and ineffective interventions. Research aims to identify not only effective, but also explicitly ineffective interventions.

   Skilled: Cherishing specialisations in different domains.

   Innovative: Aiming for impact.

   Collaborative: Expanding high-quality collaboration.

What is music, and why is it unique in triggering our emotions and contribute to care and neural development. Musicianship should be regarded as one of many therapeutic goals to understand the machine and human as well as human-human interaction in a world which facilitates change through technology.

The ArtEZ Professorship/Lectoraat Music-based Therapies and Interventions will establish a unique place for higher education and innovative research in music-based therapies and interventions—in the Netherlands, in Europe as well as worldwide. Thus, the Professorship contributes to the further recognition and understanding of music therapy as a specific, unique music-based intervention to support change for client populations who encounter problems on a wide array of pathologies.

Understanding the need of music therapy and how it has been taught up to now at ArtEZ is something the community can be proud of, keeping the flame burning for more than 20 years, with passion, knowledge and expertise. However, as the field is changing, with young minds infusing research, education and practice so are the needs for the future, moving beyond music therapy.

While the Bachelor course in music therapy focuses on the training of professional music therapists, who will be found in the diverse fields of care-homes and community work and the Master degree will focus increasingly on the development of cognitive neuroscience in music as well as cognitive knowledge, the professorship will accommodate both programmes, developing and generating knowledge in the field of music-based therapeutic interventions augmenting and amalgamating, music therapy practice, clinical music technologies, cognitive neuroscience in music and their understanding in a digital society, thus advancing bench-to-bedside-to-community research.

In the end, a songs by Beyoncé played on an iPad application, can be equally as enchanting as Mahler’s Addagieto played on a set of Stradivari.


  • Music Therapy: rated as a Top Course in the Dutch study choice guide each year!
  • Small-scale, personal and with room for developing your own ideas.
  • Focused not only on therapy, but also on musical growth (part of Academy of Music).
  • Unique specialisation option in the form of Neurological Music Therapy.
  • Focused on scientific evidence and research.
  • Lecturers have both feet firmly planted in the professional field.
  • Good employment prospects.

For more information about the Bachelor program see Artez Website


Our Master of Music Therapy (MMT) programme, entirely taught in English language, offers professional music therapists the opportunity to advance and innovate their clinical and research expertise in the creative and international environment of ArtEZ University of the Arts. The MMT prepares you to develop expertise and innovative thinking in music therapy applied to clinical practice, community building, technology and research. If you have a degree in Music you may qualify for our one-year Pre-Master of Music Therapy course, which prepares you to apply for the Master of Music Therapy programme.For more information about the Master program see Artez Website

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We see it as our challenge to train our students to be people who not only answer questions, but also ask them. People who contribute to future developments in our professional field and who continue to explore the world with an enterprising spirit to discover where their contribution is most meaningful. We embrace technology as a means to extend our reach.

'Within 5 minutes you can see results: babies become calmer'.

Music therapy: vision on the profession

The professional practice of music therapists includes various target groups and numerous work methods. We therefore apply a case study-based learning approach. That way, students encounter the diversity of the professional field early on in their studies.

Vision on music therapists

In our vision, music therapists are accomplished musicians. Accordingly, we choose to be part of the ArtEZ Academy of Music. Music therapists use their musical knowledge and skills in processes of change. Music therapists have an exploratory attitude, focused on catering to the actual needs and possibilities of the individual client, group or organisation. Above all, therapists do this work because they care. Music Therapy is heart work.

Muziektherapie gebruikt technologie

Music therapy and science

Recent research has shown that music actually stimulates the brain. The Music Therapy course not only recognises the added value of scientific substantiation, but also actively conducts research.
The health of our students

The ArtEZ Academy of Music pays a great deal of attention to health as part of its music programmes.