SRH Hochschule Heidelberg

Prof. Dr. Sylka Uhlig

School of Therapeutic Sciences | Professor | Arts Therapy | Music Therapy

Room: MPS 3/A, OG 1, 1.09
Fax: +49 6221 6799-638
Phone: +49 6221 6799-657
Portraitfoto Sylka Uhlig
About me

About me

Professor Music Therapy, School of Therapeutic Sciences,SRH University Heidelberg
Academic Researcher, School of Therapeutic Sciences, SRH University Heidelberg
Promotion: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands, Clinical Neuropsychology; researching preventive methods in music therapy
Music Therapy Researcher at VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands
Music Therapy Lecturer at HAN University for Applied Sciences Nijmegen Netherlands; teaching methods, voice and research
Musictherapy (M.A.) New York University, USA
Musictherapy (B.A.) HAN University for Applied Science Nijmegen, Netherlands
Music Therapist, Psychiatric Hospital H. C. Rumke Groep, Den Dolder, Netherlands (trauma in & out-patients, sexual abuse & forensic rehabilitation, long and short-term treatment).

I have contributed to these publications

Books and brochures

  • Uhlig, S. (2019). Teens R(h)apsody - Rap & Sing Music Therapy for enhancement of emotion regulation in a school setting. PhD theses – download:
  • Uhlig, S., Groot, J., Jansen, E., & Scherder, E. (2019). Rap & sing music therapy and sleep in adolescents: A single-blind cluster randomized controlled trial. Nordic Journal of Music Therapy, 28, 60-70. doi:10.1080/08098131.2018.1542613
  • Jaschke, A., Eggermont, L. H., Uhlig, S., & Scherder, E. (2018). Clinical music study quality assessment scale (Musiquas). Music and Medicine, 10(4), 205-212.
  • Uhlig, S., Jansen, E., & Scherder, E. (2017). “Being a bully isn’t very cool…”: Rap & sing music therapy for enhanced emotional self-regulation in an adolescent school setting – a randomized controlled trial. Psychology of Music, 46, 568-587. doi:10.1177/0305735617719154
  • Uhlig, S., (2017) Die Sensibilität der menschlichen Stimme, Internationale Perspektiven. In Singen als Heilsame Kraft. Das Potential des Singens als Gesundheitssystem (Wünneberg & Singende Krankenhäuser). Internationales Netzwerk zur Förderung des Singens in Gesundheitseinrichtungen, Germany.
  • Uhlig, S., Dimitriadis, T., Hakvoort, L., & Scherder, E. (2016). Rap and singing are used by music therapists to enhance emotional self-regulation of youth: Results of a survey of music therapists in the Netherlands. The Arts in Psychotherapy, 53, 44-54. doi:10.1016/j.aip.2016.12.001
  • Uhlig, S., Jansen, E., & Scherder, E. (2015). Study Protocol RapMusicTherapy for emotion regulation in a school setting. Psychology of Music, 44, 1068-1081. doi:10.1177/0305735615608696
  • Uhlig, S., Jaschke, A., & Scherder, E. (2013). Effects of music on emotion regulation: A systematic literature review. In G. Luck & O. Brabant (Eds.), Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Music & Emotion (ICME3), Jyväskylä, Finland, 11th-15th June 2013. Jyväskylä, Finland: University of Jyväskylä, Department of Music.
  • Baker, F. and Uhlig, S. (2013) Voicework in Music Therapy: Research and Practice. Korean language edition c 2013 by Sigma Press, Seoul. Inc. published by arrangements with Jessica Kingsley publishers Ltd.
  • Baker, F. and Uhlig, S. (2011). Voicework in Music Therapy, Research and Practice. Baker and Uhlig (Ed) Jessica Kingsley Publishers, GB. 
  • Uhlig, S. and Baker, F. (2011) Voicework in Music Therapy: Pioneers and a New Generation. In Voicework in Music Therapy, Research and Practice. Baker and Uhlig (Ed) Jessica Kingsley Publishers, GB.
  • Uhlig, S. (2011). Rap & singing for emotional and cognitive development of at-risk-children. In F. Baker & S. Uhlig (Eds.), Voicework in music therapy: Research and practice (pp. 63-83). London, United Kingdom: Jessica Kingsley.
  • Baker, F. and Uhlig, S. (2011) Diversity in approaches to therapeutic voice work: Developing a model of voicework in music therapy. In Voicework in Music Therapy, Research and Practice. Baker and Uhlig (Ed) Jessica Kingsley Publishers, GB.
  • Uhlig, S. (2011). From violent rap to lovely blues: The transformation of aggressive behavior through vocal music therapy. In T. Meadows (Ed.), Developments in music therapy practice: Case study perspectives (pp. 182-198). Gilsum, NH: Barcelona.
  • Uhlig, S. (2009) Voice Forum: The Voice as Primary Instrument in Music Therapy. Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy. Retrieved September 10, 2009, from
  • Uhlig, S. (2009). Voice Forum: The Voice as Primary Instrument in Music Therapy. Report from a Symposium at the XII World Congress of Music Therapy, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 22-26 July 2008. Voices: A World Forum For Music Therapy, 9(1). doi:10.15845/voices.v9i1.365
  • Uhlig, S. (2008) Die Stimme als primäres Instrument. Voice Forum beim Weltkongress in Argentinien 2008, Musiktherapeutische Umschau, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen, Germany. 
  • Uhlig, S. (2006). Authentic voices, authentic singing: A multicultural approach to vocal music therapy. Gilsum, NH: Barcelona.
  • Uhlig, S. (2001) Music of Silence, in American Music Therapy Association. Words of Healing, Notes of Hope. Personal experience living and volunteering in Downtown Manhattan after September 11, 2001.
  • Uhlig, S. (1996) Èen symposium, dat bruggen slug. In Tijdschrift voor Kreative Therapie, NL (article about old-oriental music therapy of Dr. R. Oruc Güvenc, Turkey).

Conference papers and lectures

Presentations & Associations:

  • 2020/2019/2017/2015/2014 Training and Workshops: Experience of Singing & Transfer for Professional Development; Rap Music Therapy Training, Center for Education (Agenzia di educazione permanente), Bolzano, Italy
  • 2019/2018/2017 Host, Chair and Presenter at International Summer School in Clinical Research Methods in Music Science and Interventions; in cooperation with Artur Jaschke and Martina de Witte; VU University Amsterdam, University of Amsterdam, HAN University Nijmegen, ArtEZ University of the Arts, Enschede, the Netherlands
  • 2018-2012 Member of the Dutch Foundation of Music Therapy (Stichting Muziektherapie) the Netherlands 
  • 2018 Workshop Stem & Zingen: Studiedag Creative Therapie, Artevelde Hogeschool, Gent, Belgium
  • 2018 Workshop Stem: Miracles of Music, Dag van de Muziektherapie, VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands 
  • 2018 Workshop & Presentation: Experience of Singing & Transfer for Professional Development at Voice Training Program in Music Therapy: IL CANTO DELLA VOCE, Trento, Italy
  • 2017 Presentatie & Workshop: Rap & Sing Music Therapy – RCT - Emotie regulatie jongeren - resultaten en inzichten: Netwerkdag muziektherapie; F.P.C. de Rooyse Wissel Venray, Netherlands
  • 2017 Presentatie resultaten PhD studie Rap & Sing Music Therapy (RCT); FVB-Strategische Onderzoeksagenda voor de Vaktherapeutische Beroepen, HU Amersfoort, Netherlands
  • 2017 Presentations at World Conference of Music Therapy, Tsukuba, Japan
  • 2017/2015 Presentation & Workshops, Internationale Jahreskonferenz von Singenden Krankenhäuser, Hannover & Köln, Germany
  • 2015 Presentation & Workshop Ecarte Conference Cultural Landscapes in Arts Therapies: participation, diversity and dialogue. European Consortium for Arts Therapies Education, Palermo, Italy.
  • 2015/2014/2010/2006 Presentation & Workshops University of Ljubljana, Department of Pedagogic &Psychology, Slovenia
  • 2014 Workshop & Presentation World Conference of Music Therapy, Krems, Austria
  • 2014 Workshop International Conference Anthroposophical Music therapy, Zuthphen, the Netherlands
  • 2014/2013 Rap Muziek Therapie Training (cooperation Benjamin Hoeltje), HAN the Netherlands
  • 2013 Presentation ICME3 Music & Emotions, Conference University of Jyväskylä; Finland
  • 2012 Workshop Hogeschool Leiden, Kunstzinnige Therapie Opleiding; the Netherlands
  • 2012 Presentation Symposium Kinder- und Jugendlichenmusiktherapie Norddeutschland, Schwerin, Germany
  • 2012 Presentation Studiedag STEM: Nederlandse Vereniging voor Muziektherapeuten, the Netherlands
  • 2012 Presentation Hip Hop Therapy & Hip Hop Psychology Conference (presenter Benjamin Hoeltje) Fordham University New York, USA 
  • 2011 Training in Neurological Music Therapy (NMT) ArtEZ University of the Arts, Enschede, the Netherlands
  • 2011/2009 Workshop & Presentation Voice Scope Prague, training private institution, Czech Republic
  • 2011 Voice Workshops World Conference of Music Therapy, Seoul, South Korea
  • 2011/2008 Presentation & Workshops GNOON: studiedag voor vaktherapeuten, the Netherlands 
  • 2010 Training Rap-Musik-Therapie (cooperation Benjamin Hoeltje); LVR-Klinik Bedburg-Hau, Germany
  • 2010 Workshop European Conference of Music Therapy, Cadiz, Spain
  • 2009 Workshop Nordoff/Robbins Musik Therapie Verein, Witten, Germany
  • 2009 Workshop Nordic Music Therapy Conference (cooperation Sanne Storm & Inge Nygaard Pedersen) Aalborg, Denmark
  • 2008 Workshop Muziek & Handicap: studiedag stem; Belgium
  • 2008 Workshop & Presentation World Conference of Music Therapy (cooperation Kate Geller) Buenos Aires, Argentina 
  • 2007 Workshop European Conference of Music Therapy (cooperation Kate Geller), Eindhoven, the Netherlands
  • 2007 Workshop ECArTE: European Creative Arts Education Conference, Tallinn, Estonia 
  • 2005 Workshop Beth Abraham Health Services, Institute for Music and Neurologic Function, NYC, USA
  • 2005-2008 Member of LCAT Association (Licensed Creative Arts Therapist of New York State, USA
  • 2001 Member of Support-Group in Downtown Manhattan New York, after September 11: described personal impressions „Music of Silence“, in American Music Therapy Association „Words of Healing, Notes of Hope“ 2001, USA.
  • 1997-2019 Member of Dutch Association of Music Therapy, the Netherlands

Conferences at American Music Therapy Association (cooperation with Kate Geller, USA):

  • Workshop Singing: A Personal and Professional Need
  • 2005 Garden City, NY
  • 2003 Bethesda, MD
  • 2002 Saratoga Springs, NY 
  • 2001 Williamsburg, VA
  • A Time To Sing, voice workshops (cooperation with Kate Geller):
  • 2001-2005 weekly voicework workshops for music therapy students & others, NYC, USA
  • 2001 New York University, department for music therapy, NYC, USA 
  • 2001 Directions in Music Therapy, Sound Health Studio, NYC, USA