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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

About me
About me

January 2021 - Present
Professor Music Therapy, School of Therapeutic Sciences,SRH University Heidelberg

January 2019 - January 2021
Academic Researcher, School of Therapeutic Sciences, SRH University Heidelberg

January 2010 - January 2019
Promotion: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands, Clinical Neuropsychology; researching preventive methods in music therapy

January 2012 - January 2019
Music Therapy Researcher at VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands

January 2005 - January 2020
Music Therapy Lecturer at HAN University for Applied Sciences Nijmegen Netherlands; teaching methods, voice and research

January 1999 - January 2001
Musictherapy (M.A.) New York University, USA

January 1989 - January 1993
Musictherapy (B.A.) HAN University for Applied Science Nijmegen, Netherlands

January 1991 - January 1999
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