Welcome to the IMHSD

Since its inception in 2005, the Institute for Music in Human and Social Development (IMHSD) has brought together researchers, theorists and practitioners from across multiple disciplines including music, psychology, medicine, informatics, physics, education, linguistics and neuroscience to explore the complex and powerful role of music in human experience.

Directed by Dr Katie Overy, our aim is to further the scientific understanding and practical application of music as a therapeutic, educational, artistic and social tool. Our work investigates the complexities of human musicality, musical intelligence and musical communication, with the goal of offering new insights into the nature of the human condition and our relationship with society.

We are actively involved in the implementation of therapeutic, educational and social development programmes involving music and are keen to support the development of innovative interventions in these areas. This work is based on strong links within the community including with schools, orchestras, hospitals, prisons, local authorities and non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

We regularly host interdisciplinary research seminars, workshops and conferences, often around original themes of shared interest, such as ‘Interactive Minds’ (2005), ‘Rhythm, Time and Temporal Processing’ (2006), ‘Music, Language and Movement’ (2007), Dance, Timing and Musical Gesture’ (2008) and Music, Pattern and Mathematics’ (2010).

To learn more about our events, members and research, please use the links above.