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The MI Story

Musical Intervention (MI) is the brainchild of Adam Christoferson. Using his challenging experiences in life to motivate a healing movement though the arts, Musical Intervention was born. Through his work in inpatient-psychiatric hospitals, addiction treatment programs and school systems, Adam saw the need for people to connect with a broader community in a safe and productive way. 

The dream (MI Studios) was realized 15 years after its conception. It had provided a safe haven and sober creative-collaborative space two hundreds of incredibly diverse people. He has presented at international symposiums, A TedX Talk and continues to consult with agencies around the world on this beautiful  and inclusive program….

Learn More about MI Studios Watch Adam’s TEDx Talk


Mobile Studio 

We come to you and facilitate a variety of music creation groups. 


MI Event (International Make Music Day) in 2018 where 100 people came together and each sang one line of Bill Withers’ Lean On Me 

MI Studios 

We provide everything: recording, live stage, lessons, videos etc. 


MI Studios is open to the public, free of charge, throughout the week thanks in part to the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.


We collaborate with agencies to measure impact of the arts on mental health.


In partnership with Dr. Philip Corlett’s Belief Lab, and Yale’s PRCH, we were awarded a NIH grant to study our program’s impact on hallucinations. 

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Emmy Award Winning

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  – NBC

Mental health has been at the forefront of concerns in our country lately. Research shows that the widespread disruption in our lives has led to an uptick in reports of anxiety and depression in both children and adults. At the same time, the pandemic has made it harder for our most vulnerable communities to access the care they need. Awarded at the 45th New England Emmy Awards for societal concerns long-form content.

Adam was ECMH Keynote Speaker at 2020 Online ECMH Conference and again, with Jeremiah Brown, at 10th European Conference on Mental Health in Lisbon, Portugal in 2022. Both of these Keynotes raised a lot of attention, questions and emotions. In Lisbon, their Keynote was a wonderful start for the whole conference and the atmosphere they created lasted during the whole conference.

Based on our evaluations and feedback, it is obvious that Musical Intervention is potential method to improve mental wellbeing and mental health among different communities in different countries. We are committed to share the idea of Musical Intervention in our global networks.

Finally, we are deeply grateful for the good and warm collaboration we have with Musical Intervention, we do our best that it can continue also in the future. Our values at ECMH are Equality, Friendliness, Trustworthiness and Joy. Musical Intervention fits perfectly in ECMH Family by showing in practice how these values can come true in a global learning and education event.

Liisa Kallio

Chair of Organizing Committee
European Conference on Mental Health 

“In Musical Intervention, Adam has created a powerful outlet for unharnessed creativity. It transforms people who can sometimes find working together with others to be daunting, and who may lack self-confidence. Music, and Adam’s approach to it, is infectious, uplifting, and unifying. His program is changing lives, and enriching our community, by reaching people who can find it hard to participate and helping them redefine themselves and their purpose. This is not just a promising luxury, it is essential and already successful. I can’t wait to watch it grow.”


Philip Corlett, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at Yale University

“I would like to endorse this program.  It has potential cognitive, interpersonal and intrapsychic benefit. People develop their own songs and participate in sharing their songs (and stories ) with others.  It is not only social but in my view provides a kind of narrative therapy.  I also think rhythm and song is good for the brain. I leave it to you all to discuss possibilities.”

Morris Bell, PhD

 Yale School of Medicine; Senior Research Career Scientist Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Rehab R&D;