Shifting Boundaries: Music and Health Care

11 November 2022 | 11:45 - 12:45Kleine Zaal

Situating Contemporary Music Practices

Panel text in Dutch

Contemporary music practice is in a state of flux and is increasingly becoming a hybrid praxis in which music becomes connected to other domains. Not only do musicians, composers and sound artists work beyond the boundaries of their own discipline, their work and research also explicitly relate to social themes such as care, the ecological crisis, inclusivity, or the functioning of modern technology and media. Moreover, contemporary makers are not only active in the concert or music theatre hall, but also enter the public space with performances: from music-borne initiatives in care and educational institutions, to site-specific installations and community-art projects. Artistic research is increasingly the rationale of these hybrid making practices.

The examples mentioned above show a common dynamic in which the boundaries between music, other art disciplines and societal matters become fluid / permeable. Instead of focusing activities exclusively on the musical domain, today’s creators increasingly connect with other locales. This is a fascinating development, which at the same time raises questions: what are the implications of this repositioning of contemporary musical practice? Where does the 21st-century musician find himself in this undistricting playing field? How is contemporary music practice connected to its social environment? Where is music practice on the spectrum between artistic autonomy and instrumentalisation? How does music interact with and within other practices? And what consequences does all this have for concert and festival practice?

During Shifting Boundaries – Situating Contemporary Music Practices, seven Dutch music-related professorships reflect on these questions with various guests. The programme on 11 November comprises four thematic blocks.

Professorships: Performing Arts Medicine (Codarts), Music in Context (Hanze), Artistic Connective Practices (Fontys)
Music has an enormous impact on our functioning. It relieves stress and can even alleviate physical pain. In addition, a live music experience can be very meaningful and connective for clients and care staff. Based on the latest scientific insights, this session will show how the positive effects of music are applied in healthcare and what role professional musicians can play in this. In addition, inspiring practical examples show how working in healthcare creates new artistic perspectives and practices.


Maaike van der Linde. Maaike van der Linde (1988) is a flutist, vocalist, composer and workshop leader. Maaike first studied flute (classical) with Wieke Karsten and Thies Roorda at the Prince Claus Conservatoire in Groningen and then graduated cum laude from the MMus in Leadership at the Guildhall School in London in 2013. Maaike’s musical life path is a combination of performing and creating music and leading socially engaged music projects that focus on the connecting and healing power of music.
As a flutist, Maaike is a member of the European ensemble s t a r g a z e, with whom she performs new music and collaborates with musicians from various musical directions. In addition, Maaike founded the vocal group Vox Sturnus, a collective of 6 female composers who all sing and play an instrument. They perform each other’s compositions and those of others.
Maaike is artistic director of the Art Root Collective foundation, with whom she developed an ongoing musical participation program for musical young people with a refugee background. She is also part of the Mimic foundation, an organization that provides live music at the bedside of hospital patients. Maaike is a teacher at the Utrecht Conservatory (HKU) and the Prince Claus Conservatoire in Groningen. Here she teaches courses and projects that focus on music in healthcare and music in all kinds of other social contexts.

Alistair Sung. Alistair is a classically trained cellist with an interest in linking the old and the new and more than a decade of experience performing music in a variety of styles to different audiences around the world. As a member of both Cello Octet Amsterdam and s t a r g a z e, Alistair has performed at major concert halls and festivals across Europe and the United States including the BBC proms, Philharmonie de Paris, Eaux Claires Festival and at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg.

Janine Stubbe. Janine Stubbe is a sports scientist and works as a lecturer in Performing Arts Medicine at Codarts Rotterdam. Within the professorship she is engaged in research in the field of performing arts medicine. On the one hand, it focuses on optimizing the health of dancers, musicians, circus artists and athletes (Health for Artists Research Line) and on the other hand, on using the arts to improve the health of different target groups (Arts for Health Research Line). Janine is director of the Performing artists and Athlete Research Lab (PEARL) and associate professor at Erasmus MC.

Falk Hübner. Falk Hübner is professor of Artistic Connective Practices at Fontys University of the Arts in Tilburg, The Netherlands. With a background as composer, theatre maker, researcher and educator, he is active in a huge diversity of collaborations within and outside of the arts. His research focuses on the social-societal potential of artistic research, research methodologies, and the relation of the arts and art education in relation to society. In 2019-2021 Falk has conducted a post doctoral research at HKU University of the Arts on artistic research methodology and ethics. He is member of the board of Forum+, journal for research and arts, based in Antwerp. Next to his professional life Falk is a marathon runner. He lives in Rotterdam with his partner and their 5 children.

Shifting Boundaries – Situating Contemporary Music Practices is an initiative of November Music in collaboration with Buma Cultuur (New Music Conference). Over a three-year period (2022-24), seven music-related professorships will present their research results concerning the theme of rapidly shifting boundaries in contemporary music practice. Participating in Shifting Boundaries – Situating Contemporary Music Practices are:

A professorship conducts practice-based research on an academic basis to improve the quality of education.


De hedendaagse-muziekpraktijk is volop in beweging en wordt steeds meer een hybride praxis waarin muziek verbonden raakt met andere domeinen. Niet alleen werken musici, componisten en geluidskunstenaars over de grenzen van de eigen discipline heen, ook verhouden zij zich in hun werk en onderzoek nadrukkelijk tot maatschappelijke thema’s als zorg, de ecologische crisis, inclusiviteit, of de werking van moderne technologie en media. De hedendaagse maker is bovendien niet alleen actief in de concert- of muziektheaterzaal, maar begeeft zich ook met performances in de publieke ruimte: van muziek-gedragen initiatieven in zorg- en onderwijsinstellingen, tot site-specifieke installaties en community-art projecten. Artistiek onderzoek is steeds vaker de rationale van deze hybride maakpraktijken.

Bovenstaande voorbeelden vertonen een gemeenschappelijke dynamiek van ontgrenzing. In plaats van activiteiten uitsluitend te richten op het muzikale domein, verbindt de huidige maker zich in toenemende mate met andere lokaliteiten. Dit is een fascinerende ontwikkeling, die tegelijkertijd vragen oproept: wat zijn de implicaties van deze herpositionering van de hedendaagse muziekpraktijk? Waar bevindt de 21e-eeuwse musicus zich in dit ontgrenzende speelveld? Hoe is de hedendaagse muziekpraktijk verbonden met haar maatschappelijke omgeving? Waar bevindt de muziekpraktijk zich in het spectrum tussen artistieke autonomie en instrumentalisering? Hoe werkt muziek samen met en in andere praktijken? En welke consequenties heeft dit voor de concert- en festivalpraktijk? Tijdens Shifting Boundaries – Situating Contemporary Music Practices reflecteren zeven Nederlandse muzieklectoraten met diverse gasten op deze vragen. Het programma op 11 november omvat vier thematische blokken.

Lectoraten: Performing Arts Medicine (Codarts), Music in Context (Hanze), Artistic Connective Practices (Fontys)
Muziek heeft een enorme impact op ons functioneren. Het werkt stressverlagend en kan zelfs fysieke pijn verzachten. Daarnaast kan een live muziekervaring erg betekenisvol zijn en verbindend werken voor cliënten en zorgmedewerkers. Aan de hand van de laatste wetenschappelijke inzichten wordt getoond hoe de positieve effecten van muziek toegepast worden in de gezondheidszorg en welke rol daarbij is weggelegd voor professionele musici. Daarnaast laten inspirerende praktijkvoorbeelden zien hoe het werken in de zorg nieuwe artistieke perspectieven en praktijken creëert.