Julie Kolbe Krøier

Julie Kolbe Krøier. Denmark

Julie Kolbe Krøier. Denmark


BA in Music Therapy, AAU (2008)
MA in Music Therapy, AAU (2010)
GIM-therapist, FAMI (2014)

Current positions

Part time PhD fellow at the Department Music Therapy, AAU since 1st. of December 2017
Clinical music therapist in psychiatry and dementia care since 2008

Doctoral study


Exploring person attuned musical interactions between caregivers and persons with moderate to severe dementia living in nursing homes


Prof.  Hanne Mette Ridder – Department of Music Therapy, Aalborg University, Denmark

Prof. Brynjulf Stige- The Grieg Academy, University of Bergen.


The purpose of the PhD is to operationalize person-attuned musical interactions (PAMI) that can support caregivers in facilitating meaningful, person-centered care to persons with moderate to severe dementia living in nursing homes. The PhD is a qualitative research study and interpretivist methods will be applied in order to answer the research questions.  A multi-source strategy will be applied incorporating different kinds of data to integrate theory and clinical practice. The PhD will contain three interrelated parts that each explores PAMI from a different perspective and aim to develop a manual for music therapists teaching musical interaction cross-disciplinarily in dementia care (See research questions).

The study contains three parts:

  1. a systematic review exploring attunement in dementia care
  2. A qualitative and arts-based inquiry exploring how music therapist talk about non-verbal interactions with persons with dementia.
  3. Ethnographic study of caregivers’ use and understanding of musical interactions in dementia care.

Research questions

Which theoretical, clinical and methodological elements define person attuned musical interaction (PAMI) with persons with moderate to severe dementia living in nursing home?

  1. How is attunement understood in published dementia care research? (paper 1)?
  2. How do music therapists talk about non-verbal interactions in their practice with persons with dementia (paper 2)?
  3. How do the caregivers understand PAMI? (Paper 3)