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  • Writer's pictureAnita Connell

Creating playlists - enhancing health

Reflecting on yourself, your strengths, or moments where you've overcome life challenges can be really affirming. But did you know that creating a playlist to reflect that can be health-enhancing?

The songs on our 'affirmation & resilience' playlist might resonate with you. They might not. Possibly, the songs may be thought-provoking and lead you to create your own playlist.

What are the benefits of playlist curation?

A playlist and curating one can be a healthy way of using music to support emotional well-being. It's something you can do solo and is also a receptive technique used in the practice of music therapy.

We know that music connects us to mood and emotion. And research tells us that music listening when guided by a music therapist supports relaxation, mood enhancement, and reminiscence (Carr et al, 2013).

How are playlists used in music therapy?

Music selected may be pre-composed pieces or music composed or improvised by the therapist based on the participant's needs. Listening can lead to new states of arousal and well-being and this can be supported by discussion.

Music therapy using playlist curation as a method may lead to creative outputs such as art creations, expressive movement and dance, lyric analysis, and music improvisations or composition (Grocke & Wigram, 2007). Additionally, playlist curation in music therapy allows us to engage in the continual process of reviewing healthy and unhealthy uses of music (Saarikallio, Gold & McFerran, 2015) to support mood and well-being.

How to access our playlist

Ellen, Briana, and Jacquely - music therapists on our team - have contributed tracks to our playlist available below. It's on rotation for us this week and we hope you enjoy it. Feel free to let us know what you would add to the list. We would love to see more diversity, genres and cultures represented on the list.

For more information about our music therapy services, don't hesitate to contact us 0416 102 393 or 0460 313 284.


Carr, Odell-Miller, H., & Priebe, S. (2013). A systematic review of music therapy practice and outcomes with acute adult psychiatric in-patients. PloS One, 8(8), e70252–e70252.

Grocke, & Wigram, T. (2007). Receptive methods in music therapy techniques and clinical applications for music therapy clinicians, educators, and students. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Saarikallio, S., Gold, C., & McFerran, K. (2015). Development and validation of the Healthy-Unhealthy Music Scale. Child and adolescent mental health, 20(4), 210–217.

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