Wolfgang Schmid




Griegakademiet – Institutt for musikk



Intercorporeality and music

Improvisational music therapy in palliative care

Improvisational music therapy with autistic children

Educational research in music therapy

Self-care in music therapy education and profession


Musikkterapeutisk teoriutvikling MUTP206

Musikkterapi i barn og unges oppvekst MUTP300

Musikkterapeutisk improvisasjon MUTP302

Musikkterapi i helsesektoren I MUTP305

Musikkterapi i helsesektoren II MUTP306

Musikkterapeutisk forskingsmetode MUTP312

Masteroppgave i musikkterapi MUTP350/MUTP360


ARTICLES (peer reviewed)

Halstead, J., and W. Schmid (2024). Hearing Loss: Listening to End-of-Life Transitions, an Arts-Based Approach to Midlife Mourning. Age, Culture, Humanities: An Interdisciplinary Journal, vol. 7, Feb. 2024, doi:10.7146/ageculturehumanities.v7i.141921.

Mössler, K., Halstead, J., Metell, M., Gottschewski, K., and Schmid, W. (2023). "The room is a mess": Exploring the co-creation of space for attunement dynamics between an autistic child and a non-autistic music therapist. Nordic Journal for Music Therapy, doi.org/10.1080/08098131.2022.2145346

Schmid, W. and Fuchs, K. (2022). Stillwerden. Ein leib-phänomenologischer Zugang in der Musiktherapie mit Sterbenden und ihren Angehörigen (Falling silent. An intercorporeal perspective from music therapy in palliative care. Musiktherapeutische Umschau, 43(4), 392-402 

DeNora, T., Schmid, W., Simpson, F., and Ansdell, G. (2022). ›Late‹ musical learning – what is it, why, and for whom? Scuola Democratica, 2/2022, 239–260

Schmid, W., Simpson, F., DeNora, T., and Ansdell, G. (2021). Music Therapy Research during a pandemic: An accidential experiment in caring for music. International Journal of Community Music, Vol 14, Nr 2 & 3, 311-330. Doi: https://doi.org/10.1386/ijcm_00050_1

Schmid, W., Rolvsjord, R. (2020). Becoming a reflexive Practitioner: Exploring Music Therapy Student´s learning Experiences with participatory Role-Plays in a Norwegian Context. Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research. Doi:https://doi.org/10.1080/00313831.2020.1755723

Mössler, K., Schmid, W., Assmus, J., Fusar-Poli, L., and Gold, Chr. (2020). Attunement in Music Therapy for young Children with Autism. Revisiting Qualities of Relationship as Mechanisms of Change. Journal of Autism and Developmental Change. Doi:https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-020-04448-w

Mössler, K, Gold, Chr., Assmus, J., Schumacher, K., Calvet, C., Reimer, S., Iversen, G., and Schmid, W. (2019). The therapeutic relationship as predictor of change in music therapy with young children with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 2019; Vol 49(7), 2795-2809. Doi: 10.1007/s10803-017-3306-y 

Schmid, W. (2018). Meeting complexity with collaboration: a proposed conceptual framework for participatory community-based music therapy research in end of life-care. Qualitative Research in Medicine & Healthcare 2018; Vol 2, 145-153. Doi: 10.4081/qrmh.2018.7850

Schmid, W., Rosland, J.H., von Hofacker, S., Hunskår, I., and Bruvik, F.K. (2018). Patient's and health care provider's perspectives on music therapy in palliative care - an integrative review. BMC Palliative Care 2018; Vol 17(32), 1-9. Doi: 10.1186/s12904-018-0286-4

Schmid, W. (2017). Improvisational music therapy in neurological rehabilitation. Music therapy: A profession for the future. Approaches: Ena diepistīmoniko periodiko mousikotherapeias 2017; Vol 9(1), 35-39

Schmid, W. (2016). Musik lehren und lernen - kollaboratives Lernen im Musiktherapiestudium. Musiktherapeutische Umschau 2016; Vol 2, 176-184

Schmid, W. (2016)Being together – Exploring the modulation of affect in improvisational music therapy with a man in a persistent vegetative state – a qualitative single case study. Health Psychology Report 2016; Vol 5(2), 186-192. Doi: 10.5114/hpr.2017.63843

Schmid, W. (2013). A penguin on the moon: Self-organizational processes in improvisational music therapy in neurological rehabilitation. Nordic journal of Music Therapy 2014; Vol 23(2), 152-172.Doi: 10.1080/08098131.2013.783096

Hessenberg, C., & Schmid, W. (2013). Sounding Bridges – An Intergenerational Music Therapy Group with Persons with Dementia and Children andAdolescents in Psychiatric Care. Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy 2013; Vol 13(2). Doi: 10.15845/voices.v13i2.692

Mössler, K., Gilbertson, S., Krüger, V., & Schmid, W. (2013). Converging reflections on music therapy with children and adolescents: A collaborative seminar on diverse areas of music therapy practice and research. Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy 2013; Vol 13(2). Doi: https://doi.org/10.15845/voices.v13i2.721

Schmid, W., & Hessenberg, C. (2012). Kinder im Altenheim - ein generationsübergreifendes Musiktherapieprojekt mit dementiell veränderten alten Menschen und emotional und sozial belasteten Kindern und Jugendlichen. Musiktherapeutische Umschau 2012; Vol 33(2), 141-149

von Kutzleben, M., Schmid, W., Halek, M., Holle, B., and Bartholomeyczik, S. (2012). Community-dwelling persons with dementia: What do they need? What do they demand? What do they do? A systematic review on the subjective experiences of persons with dementia.Aging & Mental Health, 16(3), 378-390. Doi: 10.1080/13607863.2011.614594

Schmid, W., & Ostermann, T. (2010) Home-based music therapy - a systematic overview of settings and conditions for an innovative service in healthcare. BMC Health Services Research 10: 291. http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6963/10/291

Ostermann, T., & Schmid, W. (2006) Music therapy in the treatment of multiple sclerosis: a comprehensive literature review. Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics6(4), 469- 477. DOI: 10.1586/14737175.6.4.469

Aldridge, D., Schmid, W., Kaeder, M. Schmidt, C., and Ostermann, T. (2005). Functionality or aesthetics? A pilot study of music therapy in the treatment of multiple sclerosis patients. Complementary Therapies in Medicine2005, 13, 25-33. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ctim.2005.01.004

Schmid, W., Aldridge, D. (2004). Active Music Therapy in the Treatment of Multiple Sclerosis Patients: A Matched Control Study. Journal of Music Therapy2004, XLI(3), 225-240. Doi: 10.1093/jmt/41.3.225



Schmid, W., & Ek Knutsen, M.S. (2016).Musikk som helseresurs i hverdagen for hjemmeboende pasienter (Music as health resource for patients living at home). In Brynjulf Stige, Hanne Mette-Ridder (eds): Musikkterapi og eldrehelse. pp 79-87. Universitetsforlaget 2016 ISBN 978-82-15-02463-9

Schmid, W., & Skrudland, H. (2016). Musikkterapi i palliativ omsorg (Music therapy in palliative care). In Brynjulf Stige, Hanne Mette Ridder (eds): Musikkterapi og eldrehelse. pp 177-186. Universitetsforlaget 2016 ISBN 978-82-15-02463-9

Schmid, W. (2015). A Journey to Memories: Improvisational Music Therapy in the Neurological Rehabilitation of a Woman with Acquired Brain Injury (ABI). In Cheryl Dileo (ed): Advanced practice in medical music therapy: Case reports. pp 232-238. Cherry Hill, NJ: Jeffrey Books 2015 ISBN 978-0-9770278-2-8

von Kutzleben, M., & Schmid, W. (2012). Incongruity of perspectives: Self-reports of persons with dementia and the evaluations of spouses and caregivers – results and conclusions from a systematic review of reviews. In Jochen René Thyrian, Wolfgang Hoffmann (eds): Dementia Care Research. Scientific evidence, current issues and future perspectives. pp 115-135. Lengerich, Berlin: Pabst Science Publishers ISBN 978-3-89967-811-6  

Schmid, W. (2005). “Swing in my Brain”: Active Music Therapy for People Living with Multiple Sclerosis. In David Aldridge (ed): Music Therapy and Neurological Rehabilitation: Performing Health. pp 161-188. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers



Stige, B., Schmid, W., Solli, H.P., & Trondalen, G. (2020). Utredning av muligheter for spesialistutdanning i musikkterapi. Norsk forening for musikkterapi 2020. https://www.musikkterapi.no/nyheter/2020/5/29/utredning-av-muligheter-for-spesialistutdanning-i-musikkterapi?fbclid=IwAR0nyOD0MDS1poJ-zQyKvFxdyLGD511xmXlI7JXinNJGQApnPHWSc20kKJI

Stige, B., Schmid, W., Solli, H.P., & Trondalen, G. (2020). Debattinnlegg: Spesialisering for musikkterapeuter? Musikkterapi 2020 

Stige, B., Schmid, W., Solli, H.P., & Trondalen, G. (2020). Debattinnlegg: Den nærmeste utviklingssonen for musikkterapeutprofesjonen. Musikkterapi 2020


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Se en full oversikt over publikasjoner i Cristin



  • IMAGINE - Envisioning care at the end of life 
  • Music4Change. https://music4change.eu
  • Care4music. An ethnography of music in late life and end of life care settings. https://careformusic.org
  • a:move - autism, music, and movement
  • Social Acoustics: Sound, Embodiment, Community. https://www.uib.no/en/socialacoustics


Research blog Care for Music

Participatory Analysis: https://careformusic.org/2022/01/18/%EF%BF%BC%EF%BF%BC/

The kantele in a Norwegian hospice setting: https://careformusic.org/2023/03/15/and-the-lynxes-purred-with-pleasure/

About existential health and inclusion: https://careformusic.org/2023/05/05/no-kjem-en-vals-den-vil-jeg-ha-med-deg/