Simon Gilbertson


Associate Professor, Associate Professor, Music Therapy


Research groups


Music and the nervous system, central, peripheral and social

Multi-modal sensory and cognitive processes in communication

Interdisciplinary communication and interaction

Improvisation and meaning

Music therapy and neurorehabilitation


Since joining UiB in 2010 I have taught in the following courses:

MUF101 Music, culture and society

MUTP101 Introduction to music therapy

MUTP104 Musicking

MUTP111 Music and Brain

MUTP203 Music making in music therapy groups

MUTP205 Introduction to music therapy practice

MUTP302 Improvisation in music therapy

MUTP303 Music therapy profession

MUTP305 Music therapy in medical contexts

MUTP312 Music therapy research methods

MUTP350 Master thesis supervision

Guest lecturer:

ELMED230 Brain and Music

VIT210 Mennesket: Natur og kultur

Academic article
Academic lecture
Other presentation
Academic chapter/article/Conference paper
Academic anthology/Conference proceedings
Popular scientific lecture
Book review
Article in business/trade/industry journal
Reference material
Academic monograph

See a complete overview of publications in Cristin.

Book: Gilbertson, S. & Aldridge, D. (2008). Music therapy and traumatic brain injury: A light on a dark night. London, Jessica Kingsley Publishers.


In Visible Hands: An arts-based research project investigating the meaning given to embodiment in music therapy practice using sculpture and qualitative analysis of therapist's narratives on the use and meaning of their hands in music therapy.

In Audible Movements: A multidisciplinary collaborative research project investigating interrelations between physical movement and musical structures in multidisciplinary music improvisation. Study uses multiple high definition cameras and Noldus Observer XT data capture and analysis software.

Music therapy implementation in medical contexts: An international collaboration between Grieg Academy Music Therapy Research Centre (GAMUT) and Leeds Institute of Medical Education (LIME)

Interdisciplinary education and training in primary health care (TVEPS and TVEPS Research)


Dr. rer. medic. (PhD, Faculty of Medicine, University of Witten/Herdecke)

Diploma in Music Therapy (Nordoff Robbins/City University)

Diplom Musikterapeut (University of Witten/Herdecke)

State Registered Music Therapist (Health Professions Council, UK)

Doctoral assessment

I have been a member of the doctoral assessment committee for the following PhD scholars:

Sue Baines, University of Limerick, Republic of Ireland

Jason Noone, University of Limerick, Republic of Ireland

Triona McCaffrey, University of Limerick, Republic of Ireland

Søren Vester Hald, Aalborg University, Denmark

Monique van Bruggen-Rufi, Leiden University, Netherlands

Tine Grieg Viig, University of Bergen, Norway

Oded Ben Horin, University of Bergen, Norway

Tora Gaden, University of Bergen, Norway

Jessica Atkinson, King’s College, University of London

Aaron Moorehouse, Bath Spa University, Bath