Music builds identity, relations, and community, and functions as a health-promoting resource. Music therapy focuses on the musics's significance for health, and provides people with the opportunity to interact through music, whether it is through listening, performing, improvising or composing music together with a music therapist. Music therapy often takes place together with other people in a similar life situation. The participants can express themselves through other means than words, and music therapy offers meaningful activation that strengthens each individual’s resources and often gives an experience of fellowship and belonging.
NORCE, through the Griegacademy's Center for Music Therapy Research (GAMUT), does research concerning professional music therapy in treatment, and on health-promoting use of music in different contexts.