How does music help in times of crisis? We asked a musicologist to explain

We reached out to musicologist Gunter Kreutz to find out why people in coronavirus lockdown are turning to music to lift their spirits. Find out more in today's Amplified.


Gunther Kreuz, Musicologist Photo (c) Foto- und Bildwerk.

We’ve all seen footage of people taking to their balconies to sing and play instruments together amid the coronavirus lockdown. But why is that?

Gunter Kreutz, who teaches at the University of Oldenburg, has published a book on the mental health benefits of singing, among other things. The musicologist says “in crises, music has a very strong function to balance people, and show them there is light at the end of the tunnel.”

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