Monthly Archives: June 2009

Presentation at ESA in Venice

My paper on music therapy use with older people in Japan was accepted at this years Sociology of the Arts (European Sociological Association) conference in Venice, Italy, 4 – 8 November 2008 . This years theme is Arts, Culture and the Public Sphere: Expressive and Instrumental Values In Economic and Sociological Perspectives.My paper is entitled […]

Interviewing people with dementia, some suggestions

…the words of people with dementia show us how they feel about the experience of dementia, and in many cases, there is an awareness of the effects of the condition, with often a strong sense of self. (Kotai-Ewers 2000) As part of my research I am often interviewing older people, some of whom have dementia, […]

Music Salon (Japan)


Music Salon ran from 2004 to 2008 in the residential care home Long Life in Koshienguchi and Uminohoshi in Kobe . Following consultation with the residents and service users I set up this project together with Mana Ozaka with the aim of encouraging more group interaction where the onus was on the residents to develop […]

Abstract for Rethinking Music Therapy Practice for the Elderly in Japan

Rethinking Music Therapy Practice for the Elderly in Japan through the ethnographic perspective Background:In music therapy practice for the elderly, choice of music is one of the important concerns for therapists.  In Japan, elderly people’s music preferences are often not considered as a topic of research in its own right.   Aims:The aim of the […]

Ashiya Community Music Therapy Project (Japan)

Ashiya Community Music Therapy Project took place from September 2004 to February 2005 in one of the care homes for people with learning disabilities in my home town of Ashiya. It was organized by a number of Kobe University graduate school students including me together with our professor, local music therapists and musicians. Our aim […]

Conference presentations in May 2009

In May I will be giving two talks based on my ongoing fieldwork in South West region of the UK. The first will be on the 18th of May at the Music of changes: The concept of music-in-action seminar that the SocArts group at Exeter is arranging. My talk will give a brief summary of my […]

Singing for the Brain (UK)


My core PhD research in the UK takes place at the Alzheimer Society’s Singing for the Brain project in South West region of the UK. Singing for the Brain is a singing activity for people with dementia and their carers, and a number of groups exists around the country. It is one of many activities […]

Oto Asobi (Japan)

I am one of the founders and core staff of the Oto Asobi project in Kobe. Oto Asobi is Japanese and is written 音 (Oto = sound) 遊び(Asobi = playing). It is an improvised music project for young people with learning difficulties, their parents, music therapists and amateur and professional musicians. Since the start in […]

Soundwaves (UK)


Soundwaves Music Project is run by the charity Soundwaves . It is a music project where people with and without learning difficulties make music together every week in South West Region of the UK.  I have been involved with this project as volunteer and musician, and below you can see a video where we made […]

PhD: We’ll meet again : Music in dementia care

I am currently doing a PhD in music sociology at Exeter University with Tia DeNora. Here I work as a part of SocArts, an international group of cross-disciplinary researchers working on music use in many areas of everyday life.