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Basic principles and definitions

Basic principles and definitions

When exploring the relationship between music and health, we must begin with a clear definition of what “health” is, how we understand the role of music in this context, and what we mean by the term “well-being”.


In 1948 the World Health Organization gave the following definition: “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”

We at Cultura en Vena share this holistic concept of health, which includes the psycho-social and every other facet of human life. Until recently, medicine has perhaps been too focused on pharmacology and technology (although these are certainly essential for saving lives) to see all that art and culture have to offer. Balanced healthcare requires resources and effort on both sides of the scale: we need something to offset the system’s shortcomings. Culture is an effective emotional scalpel that completes the physician’s toolkit, and artistic practices in healthcare settings can be an adjuvant to conventional courses of treatment.

When we speak of the effects of music on human health, we are actually talking about the way music directly benefits the central nervous system, as described in numerous scientific works. 22


This is defined as “the professional use of music and its elements as an intervention in medical, educational, and everyday environments with individuals, groups, families, or communities who seek to optimize their quality of life and improve their physical, social, communicative, emotional, intellectual, and