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Manuscript Submission Deadline 01 December 2022

The field of research dedicated to the design, creation, use, and evaluation of new sound and music technologies supporting health and well-being is rapidly growing. This research is often conducted in multidisciplinary contexts, with teams working at the intersection of health, psychology, computer science, musical communication and multimodal interaction. As such, the work bridges areas such as universal design, accessibility, music therapy, music technology, Sonic Interaction Design (SID), and Human Computer Interaction (HCI). This Research Topic explores such intersections within music technology research aimed at promoting health and well-being, investigating how new methods, technologies, interfaces, and applications can enable everyone to enjoy the positive benefits of music.

The aim of the Research Topic “New Advances and Novel Applications of Music Technologies for Health, Well-being, and Inclusion” is to shed light on the breadth of work on sound and music technologies supporting well-being and health. In doing so, it will showcase and discuss new research approaches and technological advances in this interdisciplinary field. Topics of interest in this context include, for example: development of non-intrusive sound and music interventions for healthcare; design and customization of assistive music technologies that support creativity; and multimodal representation of sound allowing everyone to enjoy the benefits of music-making, regardless of their abilities and/or access requirements.

We welcome submissions of original scientific research and case studies on the design, creation, use, and evaluation of new sound and music technologies supporting healthcare and well-being, both within and outside of clinical practice. Submissions discussing novel sound and music technologies supporting any aspect of health and wellbeing are welcome, including developmental needs, physical and mental health, and cognitive and behavioral development. Contributions are encouraged in, but not limited to, the following topics: music-based applications supporting health, care, and accessibility in music technology; Accessible Digital Musical Instruments (ADMIs); research methods in health-related sound and music research (including evidence-based methods for designing and reporting health-related studies); the use of music technology in music therapy; tools and methods to support creation/playing/recording of music for all; multimodal interaction and multisensory music perception; and personally-tailored music experiences.

We accept submissions of the following manuscript types: Original Research, Systematic Review, Methods, and Perspective, Technology and Code, and Review. Prior to submission, authors are invited to submit a paper proposal to the co-editors in the form of a short abstract to receive quick feedback about the suitability of the contribution.

Keywords: Digital Musical Instruments, Healthcare, Well-being, Music Therapy, Accessibility, Multimodal Interaction, Music Technology, Sound and Music


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

The field of research dedicated to the design, creation, use, and evaluation of new sound and music technologies supporting health and well-being is rapidly growing. This research is often conducted in multidisciplinary contexts, with teams working at the intersection of health, psychology, computer science, musical communication and multimodal interaction. As such, the work bridges areas such as universal design, accessibility, music therapy, music technology, Sonic Interaction Design (SID), and Human Computer Interaction (HCI). This Research Topic explores such intersections within music technology research aimed at promoting health and well-being, investigating how new methods, technologies, interfaces, and applications can enable everyone to enjoy the positive benefits of music.

The aim of the Research Topic “New Advances and Novel Applications of Music Technologies for Health, Well-being, and Inclusion” is to shed light on the breadth of work on sound and music technologies supporting well-being and health. In doing so, it will showcase and discuss new research approaches and technological advances in this interdisciplinary field. Topics of interest in this context include, for example: development of non-intrusive sound and music interventions for healthcare; design and customization of assistive music technologies that support creativity; and multimodal representation of sound allowing everyone to enjoy the benefits of music-making, regardless of their abilities and/or access requirements.

We welcome submissions of original scientific research and case studies on the design, creation, use, and evaluation of new sound and music technologies supporting healthcare and well-being, both within and outside of clinical practice. Submissions discussing novel sound and music technologies supporting any aspect of health and wellbeing are welcome, including developmental needs, physical and mental health, and cognitive and behavioral development. Contributions are encouraged in, but not limited to, the following topics: music-based applications supporting health, care, and accessibility in music technology; Accessible Digital Musical Instruments (ADMIs); research methods in health-related sound and music research (including evidence-based methods for designing and reporting health-related studies); the use of music technology in music therapy; tools and methods to support creation/playing/recording of music for all; multimodal interaction and multisensory music perception; and personally-tailored music experiences.

We accept submissions of the following manuscript types: Original Research, Systematic Review, Methods, and Perspective, Technology and Code, and Review. Prior to submission, authors are invited to submit a paper proposal to the co-editors in the form of a short abstract to receive quick feedback about the suitability of the contribution.

Keywords: Digital Musical Instruments, Healthcare, Well-being, Music Therapy, Accessibility, Multimodal Interaction, Music Technology, Sound and Music


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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