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  • Music Therapy in Hospital

    Music Therapy in Hospital


    To contribute to the advancement and establishment of music therapy as an innovative component in the modern and evidence-based practice of medicine.

    • To harness the healing effects of music and integrate music therapy into routine patient care, under the umbrella of complementary and alternative medicine
    • To set high standards of music therapy education in a clinical environment
    • To foster high quantity scientific research that would facilitate the evidence-based applications of music therapy

    SBV has been the pioneers in introducing music therapy as an innovative method into medical care with a focus towards a patient-centered model of holistic care focusing on factors influencing health and healing instead of factors causing the disease or just the treatment (pathogenesis).   Center for Music Therapy Education and Research has been serving to support pluralistic model of health care since the year 2010 functioning in the hospital block of Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute. Currently, CMTER functions from the I floor, I block adjacent to the main hospital block. CMTER is also actively engaged in professionally training the aspiring music therapists with its various education and training programs.  Simultaneously, relevant research initiatives have also have been taken to build evidence and to create and support evidence based data in music therapy in Indian context which has  resulted in many research publications in both national and international peer reviewed journals. These efforts of SBV  are in accordance to the Government of India directives as per the National Health Policy 2002 to integrate complementary and alternative therapies in to medical care in a phased and an objective manner.

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Music Therapy

    CMTER developed the first university based one year Post Graduate Diploma in Music Therapy in the year 2014. The program  with 36 credits trains the aspiring music therapists to begin their entry level clinical practice by honing their clinical and music therapy skills and enhance their personality in physical, psychological and spiritual dimensions. The program details on music therapy foundations, clinical and psychological foundations, interdisciplinary understanding and applications of music therapy and assessments and documentation of music therapy process. The content delivery uses a unique combination of self-directed learning and faculty led discussions/seminars using audio and video equipments, workshops and CMEs.  The highlight of the program is that it is a competency based program and adoption of credit system as recommended by the NAAC and UGC. Students after completion of PGDMT have the option of enter as a lateral entry into the 2nd year of the Master’s degree program in Medical Music Therapy

    Master’s Degree in Medical Music Therapy

    The Master’s degree program in Medical Music Therapy is the first graduate program in music therapy with a hallmark of adoption of choice based credit system (CBCS) recommended as the major reform in higher education by UGC and NAAC.  The program with 72 credits offer different electives to the students 1) Pain management 2)Procedural Support 3) Mind Body Medicine 4) Brain Biomarkers and psychiatric Rehabilitation 5) Community Health 6) Neurological Rehabilitation 7) Children with Special needs 8) Pediatric Applications. Students gain theoretical knowledge and skills underlying the research process and develop ability to apply these in doing a research project.

    Doctoral Degree Program in Music Therapy

    SBV, through CMTER promotes research and developmental activities in Allied Health Sciences with specific emphasis on music therapy. The university recruits Ph.D. candidates from Sep. 2017 to work at CMTER. SBV also has entered into an MOU with IMC University of Applied Sciences, Krems, Austria for a collaborative Ph.D. program on 24 11 2016. Through this MOU, the faculty and the Master’s degree students of IMC Krems  also can register for the collaborative doctoral degree program.

  • The following research clusters were formed from CMTER in collaboration with CIDRF and they operate to encourage all faculty and students of Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth to work collaboratively and engage in high-quality music therapy research.

    1. Traditional Music Healing Practices
      • Aim: To objectify and create evidence for traditional healing practices to be integrated in clinical practice
    2. Collaborations and Patient Outcomes
      • Aim: to encourage and strengthen evidence by interdisciplinary collaborations to improve Quality of Life and Patient Outcomes
    3. Community Health and Well-being
      • Aim: to create awareness and serve families and communities with music as a cultural resource and defense for health
    4. Mind-Body Medicine
      • Aim: to foster high-quality music therapy research on the influence of music on autoregulation, psychoneuroimmunology, and psycho-neuroendocrinology.
    5. Education and Professional Training
      • Aim: to help students and faculty to learn and practice music therapy skills and to prepare them for teaching and research opportunities and make them global players.
    1. Effect of Music Therapy On Fatigue And Anxiety Levels Of Patients Undergoing Hemodialysis Procedure.

    Principal investigator: Dr. Shobana Jaiganesh, Associate Professor, Dept. of Physiology,  Co investigators-Dr. Sumathy Sundar, Director,  CMTER; Dr. Hemachandar, Associate Professor, Department of Nephrology

    1. Does Distraction and Active Focus of Attention with Music Enhance Patient’s Comfort under Regional Anesthesia : A Randomized Controlled Trial.

    Principal Investigator: Dr. Hemanth Kumar, Professor, Dept of Anesthesia; Co- Investigators- Dr. Ravishankar, Professor, Department of Anesthesia; Dr. Sumathy Sundar, Director, CMTER; Dr. Balanehru Subramanian, Deputy director, CIDRF; Dr. Vellore A.R. Srinivasan, Professor, Department of Biochemistry; Dr. B. Sivaprakash, Professor., Department of Psychiatry.

    1. Vestibular Stimulation and Indian Hammock Versus Music Therapy in Prevention and Management of Infantile Colic in Term Infants: A Prospective Open Labeled Randomized Controlled Trial.

    Student investigator: - Dr. S Ravikumar, Dept. of Pediatrics; Guide: Dr D. Gunasekaran, Professor, Dept. of Pediatrics; Co Guides: Dr. Srinivasa Raghavan, Assistant Professor, Dept of Pediatrics; Dr.Sumathy Sundar, Director, CMTER.

    1. Effect of Music Listening on Hemodynamic Changes During Application of Erich’s Arch Bar: A Randomized Control Trial.

    Student investigator: - Dr.Rajkumar, MDS:Oral &Maxofacial Surgery; Guide: Dr.Yuvaraj.V MDS, Professor, Dept. of Oral &Maxofacial Surgery;  Co guide: Dr.Sumathy Sundar, Director, CMTER

    1. Evaluation of Maternal and Fetal Health with Music Therapy In- Utero.

    Principal Investigator: Dr.Sumathy Sundar, Director, CMTER; Co Investigators:  Dr. Seetesh Ghose , Professor, Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynecology; Dr. Balanehru Subramanian, Deputy Director, CIDRF

    1. Effect of Music, Imagery and Relaxation Training on Pain and Psycho-Physiological Parameters in Patients posted for Percutaneous Coronary interventions.

    Principal Investigator: Dr.Sumathy Sundar, Director, CMTER; Dr.Amirtha Ganesh, Professor & Head, Dept. of Cardiology; Dr.Maria Montserrat Gimeno, Associate professor, State University of New York at  New Paltz; Dr. B. Sivaprakash, Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry; Dr. Vellore A R Srinivasan, Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Bhuvaneswari Ramesh, Tutor, CMTER

    1. Effect of Music Therapy as an Adjunct Pulmonary Rehabilitative intervention on patients diagnosed with COPD.

    Principal Investigator: Manasi Anil Joshi; Guide: Prof. Sumathy Sundar, Director, CMTER; Co-Guide: Dr. K Surendra Kumar, Professor & Head, Department of TBCD

    1. Effects of Music Therapy on the Cognitive Functions, Anxiety & Depressive Symptoms of patients receiving Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT).

    Principal investigator: Jarvis K Varghese; Guide: Prof. Sumathy Sundar, Director, CMTER; Co-Guide: Dr. Sukanto Sarkar, Associate professor, Department of Psychiatry

    1. Effects of Music Therapy on the Psycho-Physiological parameters of patients undergoing Open Heart

    Principal Investigator: Dr. Anasuya Ravikanti; Guide: Prof. Sumathy Sundar, Director, CMTER; Co-Guide: Dr. Amirtha Ganesh, Professor &Head, Department of Cardiology

    1. A study on the effect of live music therapy on the state anxiety and the patients’ perception of an upper GI endoscopy.

    Principal Investigator: Vikram Kannan; Guide: Prof. Sumathy Sundar, Director, CMTER; Co-Guide: Dr.Sajeeth Manikanda Prabu,Ass.Professor, Department of Gastroenterology

    1. Various Modalities in Treatment of Tinnitus- A Comparative Study.

    Student Investigator: Dr. Shruthi Narayanam, Dept.of ENT; Guide: Dr. V. Nirmal Coumare, Professor, Department of ENT Co-Guide: Dr. P. Karthikeyan, Professor, Dept. of ENT; Co-Guide: Dr. Sumathy Sundar, Director, CMTER

    1. Effect of Music Listening on State Anxiety of Patients Undergoing Dermatosurgery Procedures under Local Anesthesia.

    Student Investigator: Dr D.Divya; Guide: Dr.S Ambujam, Professor, Dept. of Dermatology;  Co-Guide : Dr. Sumathy Sundar, Director, CMTER;  Dr. B. Siva Prakash, Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry.

    1. A Study on the Effect of Adjunct Music Listening on the Outcome of Depressive Disorders.

    Student Investigator: Karthik Balakrishnan; Guide: Dr. B.Siva Prakash, Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry; Co-Guide : Dr. Sumathy Sundar, Director, CMTER; Dr.Sukanto Sarkar, Associate professor, Dept. of Psychiatry

    1. Effect of Music Therapy on Anxiety, Emotional Perception and Tolerability Levels of the Patients Posted for MRI Procedure.

    Student investigator: S. Prashanthi; Guide: Dr.Sumathy Sundar, Director, CMTER; Co Guides: Dr. B R Nagaraj, Professor, Department of Radiology and Dr. B. Sivaprakash, Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry.

    1. A Comparative Study of the Effect of Music and Yoga Interventions on Physiological and Psychological Parameters in Patients Posted for Angiogram.

    Student investigator– Samay Ajmera; Guide: Dr.Sumathy Sundar, Director, CMTER; Co- Guide: Dr.B.Amirtha Ganesh, Professor & Head, Dept Cardiology; Co guide – Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani, Deputy Director, CYTER; G. Dayanidy , lecturer, CYTER

    1. Study on the Effect of Music Therapy on Patients with Pre-Hypertension.

    Student investigator- Suguna Varadarajan; Guide: Dr.Sumathy Sundar, Director, CMTER; Co-guide –Dr.R. Jayasingh, Professor & Head ,Dept of Medicine

    1. Effect of music on the initiation of lactation and maternal breastfeeding satisfaction levels.

    Student investigator – Bhuvaneswari Ramesh; Guide: Dr.Sumathy Sundar, Director, CMTER; Co- guides: Dr. Seetesh Ghose , Professor & Head, Dept of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr. Gunasekaran D, Professor, Dept of Paediatrics,  Dr.B.Sivaprakash,  Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry

  • International Conference/CME Proceedings
    1. 2nd International Conference on Music Therapy 23 06 2015
    2. 3rd International Conference on Music Therapy 16 02 2016
    3. 4th International Conference on Music Therapy 10 03 2017
    Book Chapter:
    1. Sundar, S. Music Therapy Education in India: Developmental Perspectives. In: Goodman K. (ed) Music Therapy Education and Training: Adapting to a Changing World. Charles C Thomas; 2015. Springfield, IL. 202-16
    Official Bulletin from CMTER published by SBV - The Harmony List of Research Publications from CMTER
    1. Ramesh B, Sundar S, Jayapreeta R, Samal S, Ghose S. Effects of Culture-Based Chants on Labour pain during the Latent Stage of Labour in Primigravidae Mothers: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of Basic, Clinical and Applied Health Sciences.2018;2(1):16-19
    2. Sundar S, Parmar PN. Music therapy clinical practice and research initiatives in India: Bridge between the experiences of traditional music healing practices and its scientific validations. International Journal of Ayurveda and Pharma Research. 2018; 6(2):1-4
    3. Vadlamudi H, Palanisamy S, Sundar S, Rajaramalingam, Dhandapani G, Karuppiah P. The Effectiveness of Music and Mother's Voice on Pain Reduction During Venepuncture in Neonates- A Randomized Control Trial. J. Adv. Res. 2017;5(2), 2575-2579
    4. Mathew D, Sundar S, Subramaniam E, Parmar PN. Music therapy as group singing improves Geriatric Depression Scale score and loneliness in institutionalized geriatric adults with mild depression: A randomized controlled study. International Journal of Educational and Psychological Researches. 2017 Jan 1;3(1):6.
    5. Sundar S, Parmar PN. Music therapy: Bridging traditional healing system and modern science. Ann.SBV, July-Dec 2016;5:33-35
    6. Sundar S, Parmar PN. Musico genetics: A new specialty on horizon. Ann. SBV, July-Dec 2016; 5 : 31-32
    7. Sumathy S, Parmar PN. Effect of a Single Musical Cakra Activation Manoeuvre on Body Temperature: An exploratory Study: Ancient Sci. Life 2016; 36:3-5.
    8. Sundar Sumathy, Durai Pavitra, Parmar Parin N. Indian classical music as receptive music therapy Improves Tridoshic balance and major Depression in a pregnant  International journal of Ayurveda and pharma research. 2016;4(9):8-11
    9. Parin PN, Sundar S. Music therapy in Neonatology: What is known and what is not known? Ann.SBV.2016;4(1):38-41
    10. Sundar S, Ramesh B, Varathan K. Live music therapy in waiting area of intensive care units: a novel concept for betterment of close relatives of ICU patients.International Journal of Research in Medical Sciences [Online], 4.3 (2016): 950-952. Web. 8 May. 2017
    11. Sundar S, Ramesh B, Dixit PB, Venkatesh S, Das P, Gunasekaran D. Live music therapy as an active focus of attention for pain and behavioral symptoms of distress during pediatric immunization. Clinical pediatrics. 2016 Jul;55(8):745-8.
    12. Sundar Sumathy, Srinivasan Vellore AR. International Conference on Music Therapy Proceedings Titled " Current Trends in Music Therapy Education and Research. Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth. International Journal of Pharma and Bio Sciences · October 2015.
    13. Sundar S, Ramesh B, Rajasekaran A. Effect Of Relaxing Music On Blood Pressure And Heart Rate In Hospitalized Pre-Hypertensive Women In 3rd Trimester Of Pregnancy: A Randomized Control Study. Asian Journal of Pharmaceutical and Clinical Research. 2015;8(5): 179-181
    14. Sobana R, Sundar S, Dixit P. A Study On The Effects Of Music Therapy In Patients Posted For Upper Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. In 2015 Apl:6(2): (B) 307-313.
    15. Balasundaram Sivaprakash. A review of the anxiolytic effect of music and its clinical implications. Ann.SBV Jan-jun 2014;3(1)
    16. Balasundaram Sivaprakash, Srinivasan A R. Music and Health. An overview of Music Therapy & Music Medicine. Ann.SBV Jan-jun 2014;3(1)
    17. Sundar S. Understanding music therapy: Clearing misconceptions. Ann.SBV, Jan-June 2014, 3(1)
    18. Sobana R, Jaiganesh K, Kuzhandaivelu V,Vadivel S. A cross-sectional Study on the Autonomic Modulations produced by music listening in anxious medical professionals. Journal of Pharmaceutical, Biological and Chemical Sciences. 2014; 5(3) : 2038
    19. Sobana R, Jaiganesh K, Barathi P. (May 2013) Role of Rag Ahir Bhairav as complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) on blood pressure in prehypertensive adults. Jour of Med Sc & Tech; 2(2); 66- 70
    20. Bharath P, Sobana J, Jaiganesh K,Ramesh R , Kuzhanndai Velu V. Prognosis in music therapy intervention is associated with emotional intelligence- Alexithymia spectrum. The antiseptic, 2013;(110)
    21. Sobana R, Jaiganesh K,Bharathi P. A Survey Of The Musical Preferences Of Young Adolescents Newly Admitted To The Medical School.J.Res.Com.Med .,2(1), 2013, 1 – 78
    22. Sobana R, Jaiganesh K,Bharathi P. A study on the relationship of music therapy and personality traits of neuroticism and agreeableness J.Res.Com.Med .,2(1), 2013, 1 – 78
    23. Bharathi P, Jaiganesh K , Sobana R , Parthasarathy S. Effect of the Indian Raga. Bageshri on the body temperature of cancer patients on chemotherapy. Int J Cur Sci Res. 2012; 2(1): 243-245
    24. Bharath P, Sobana J, Jaiganesh K, Parthasarathy S,  Vadivel S. Effect Of Rag Neelambari On Certain Physiological And Behavioral Parameters Of Preterm Infants. Asian Journal Of Paediatric Practice, Vol. 16, No. 2, 2012
    International Conference Presentations/Abstract Publications
    1. Sundar Sumathy. Music Therapy Clinical Practice and Research Perspectives: Indian Context, Asian Confederation of Music Therapy. Taipei, Taiwan Nov. 18-20 2016 available at http://english.amtc.asia/speakers/dr-sumathy-sundar/
    2. Sundar Sumathy. Integrating cultural music therapy approaches with pregnant women in antenatal wards in a south Indian Hospital. 4th International Conference on Music and Medicine. Beijing, June 15, 2016. International Association for Music and Medicine available at http://iammchina.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/ABSTRACT-Sumathy-Sundar.pdf
    3. Sundar S. Current Research Initiatives in Music Therapy at SBV. Proceedings of 3rd International Conference of Music Therapy. “Best Practised Models of Music Therapy Clinical Practice and Research. Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth, Pondicherry, India. 16 Feb. 2016. 29-35
    4. Sundar S. The role of traditions in the therapeutic relationship maintained by the therapist and the client during the music therapy process. “Best Practice Day in Music Therapy” The IMC University of Applied Sciences, Krems, Austria, Nov. 2015 available at http://www.bestpracticeday.at/fileadmin/download/Sumaty_Sundar_CV_Abstract.pdf
    5. Sundar S. The Science of music and music therapy. Key note address. International Conference on Science of music. Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam available at https://www.researchgate.net/publication/282218060_Key_Note_Address_The_Science_of_Music_and_Music_Therapy
    6. Sundar S. Understanding the evidence based practice of music therapy. Indo-Global Education Summit and Expo. 2014. Hyderabad. 11, Sep. 2014. Available at http://www.indus.org/healthcare/Secientific%20Sessions/Dr.%20Sumathy%20Sundar%20-%20Understanding%20Music%20Therapy%20as%20an%20evidence%20based%20approach,%20Clearing%20Misconceptions%20and%20experiencing%20therapeutic%20aspects%20of%20music.pdf
    7. Sundar S. Traditions and Cultural Diversity in Music Therapy. Spotlight speech. Proceedings of 14th World Congress of Music Therapy. The IMC University of Applied Sciences, Krems, Austria. July 7-12, 2014 available at http://www.musictherapy2014.org/fileadmin/download/Congress_Proceedings.pdf
    8. Sundar Sumathy. Music Therapy Training from West to East” Roundtable. Proceedings of 14th WFMT World Congress of Music Therapy. Vienna/Krems. Austria. July 7-12, 2014. 248-249  available at http://www.musictherapy2014.org/fileadmin/download/Congress_Proceedings.pdf
    1. Drum Circle for burnout among doctors- 31-01-2014
    2. Experiential program on stress management to hospital staff - 16-02-2014
    3. Music and movement program during Paediatric immunizations - 17-09-2014
    4. Therapeutic chanting and Bhajans for pregnant women in antenatal OPD -18-09-2014
    5. Live music therapy in ICU waiting area - 05-11-2014
    6. Visit to Rathna Special school - 11-11-2014
    7. Music for Health and Well Being for geriatric adults - 12-11-2014
    8. 4th annual Celebrations of CMTER – 05-01-2015 to 10-01-2015
    9. Community mass singing and sharing music program at Seliamedu Village, Bahour Commune
    10. On 06 01 2015
    11. Music Therapy for Healthy aging at Serene Pelican Neighbourhood, Bahour Commune on 06 01 2015
    12. Sing along program with transgenders on 07 01 2015
    13. Music therapy awareness campaign with clinicians in MGMCRI campus on 07 01 2015
    14. Singing program for children with special needs at Alapakkam Life health center for rural rehabilitation and development on 08 012015
    15. Flash Mob for MBBS students at MGMCRI on 08 01 2015
    16. Visit of overseas music therapists to CMTER during 09 06 2015 and  10 06 2015
    17. Weekly Music Therapy program for Dialysis Patients
    18. Periodical Community music program for transgenders
    19. Weekly Music therapy program for new mothers to initiate lactation process
    20. Regular LIfe Style Modification program for Pre-hypertension
    21. 5th anniversary celebrations of CMTER January 2016 – 21 01 2016 to 23 01 2016
    22. Swara Sapthak – Invocation of Swara Devatas Program on 21 01 2016
    23. Music therapy awareness campaign in MRD area 22 01 2016
    24. Meet and Greet event with HODs on salutogenic approach to health through music therapy on 22 01 2016
    25. Community singing in Karikalambakkam village on 23 01 2016
    26. Rural Flash mob with farmers in paddy fields on 23 01 2016
    27. Anthropologically significant visit to Thirukadaiyur ( learning from Traditions) 23 01 2016
    28. International Happiness day -21.03.2016
    29. World Autism day - 04.04.2016
    30. Music for Pediatric Wellness week- 26.04.2016 to 28.04.2016
    31. Garbh sanskar and Supraja Janana - 07.06.2016
    32. MEETS " Musically Express your Emotions & Thoughts For Success" - for first year MBBS students on 10.2016 at Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute
    33. MEETS " Musically Express your Emotions & Thoughts For Success" - for first year MBBS students at Sri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Chennai on 08 10 2016
    34. MEETS " Musically Express your Emotions & Thoughts For Success" - for first year Nursing Students of Kasturba Gandhi Nursing College 21 09 2016 to 30 09 2016
    35. Visit of overseas music therapist from Canada Luana Cuenca Olegario
    36. 6th anniversary celebrations – 10-02-2017
    37. World Music Therapy Day Celebrations on 01-3-2018 and 02-03-2018
    38. Breezy Gig in the rocky beaches of Pondicherry on 01-03-2018
    39. Folk & Fusion Music Flash Mob in the paddy fields of Bahour Village – 02-03-3018
    40. Music therapy awareness program for Nursing staff in CMTER premises on 29-03-2018
    41. World Health Day celebrated at Jal home for children with cancer on 07-04-2018
    42. Celebrated World Music Therapy day themed “Music and Health” on 21-06-2018
    1. FIRST Post Graduate Diploma in Music Therapy launched on 25-03-2014
    2. Clinical Observership Program launched on 01-02-2015
    3. Visit by IMC University of Applied Sciences, Krems, Austria team on SBV initiatives for doctoral program in music therapy from CMTER on 15-07-2016
    4. Launch of Visiting scholar program on 19-08-2016
    5. Launch of the first Master’s degree program in Medical Music Therapy on 22-08-2016
    6. Signing of MOU event for a collaborative Ph.D. program with the IMC University of Applied Sciences, Krems, Austria on 24-11-2016
    7. National Internship Training Program launch on 10-02-2017
    8. Clinical Observership program for one day for 8 music therapists from Resounding Joy Inc., San Diego, California, USA on 08-01-2018.
    9. Music Therapy Internship Training Induction Program from 01-02-2018 to 03-02-2018
    10. 7th Annual celebrations of CMTER on 18 3 18 - special talk by Prof. Gerhard Tucek, Head of Institute of Therapeutic Sciences, J. Ressel Center for Personalized Music Therapy Research, The IMC University of Applied Sciences, Krems, Austria on “MUSIC THERAPY: AN INTERFACE BETWEEN MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY AND SOCIAL MEDICINE”
    11. Visit from a team of students and professionals from the University of IOWA on 10-01-2018
    12. Clinical internship for internship trainees completed on 31-07-2018
    13. Clinical Observer ship program for one month completed for US and UK based students between 10-07-2018 and 19-08-2018
    14. Induction for MSc Medical Music therapy on 03-09-2018
    15. MEETS for Ist year MBBS students on 10-09-2018 and 11 – 09-2018
    16. CREAMS for 3rd semester MBBS students at CMTER on 18-09-2018
    17. The first Post Internship Intensive Clinical Practice (Research) and Training in Music Therapy completed on 19-09-2018
    18. Music Therapy awareness program for Ist year B.Sc. nursing students on 27-09-2018

    Aim: To provide an opportunity to music therapists from around the world to learn about the three-tiered music therapy program integrating professional training, patient care services and research and/or the hospital based music therapy culture in India. This program also helps an overseas music therapist to observe and interact closely with the practising clinical music therapists from Center for Music Therapy Education and Research and participate in the day to day clinical and educational activities of the Center without directly involving in patient care services. Eligibility for overseas applicants: Any international and professionally trained music therapist /an internship trainee from a university-based music therapy program who can make his/her own arrangements for visa as per the Indian Governmental regulations, accommodation and hospitality during the period of stay during the observership program.

    Fees: Non-refundable fee of 250 US dollars per month.

    Eligibility for applicants from India: Any trained music therapist/music therapy student/allied health care professionals interested in using music as medicine.

    Fees: Non-refundable fee of Rs.15000/- per month

    Period of Observership: Generally from one to two months and also applications processed on a case to case basis, if more time is needed

    Application procedure: contact Dr. Sumathy Sundar at musictherapy@mgmcri.ac.in for further details

  • Core Faculty
    • Prof. Sumathy Sundar, Ph.D., M.A. ( Indian Music)., M.A. ( Applied Psychology), Director, CMTER
    • Mrs. Bhuvaneswari Ramesh, MBA., PGDMT., (M.Sc.) Medical Music Therapy, Tutor
    Adjunct faculty
    • Dr. Baishali Mukherjee, MA., Ph.D.
    • Dr. Parin Parmar, MD., PGDMT
    Support Faculty from MGMCRI
    • Dr.Sivaprakash B, Professor, Department of Psychiatry
    • Dr. Vellore Srinivasan AR, Professor, Department of Biochemistry
    • Dr. Srirangaraj S, Professor,  Department of Microbiology
    • Dr.Sobana Jaiganesh, Associate Professor,  Department of Physiology
  • MOU between SBV – IMC University of Applied Sciences, Krems, Austria on 23 11 2015 The Center for Music Therapy Education and Research,  a unit of Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth (AIM HIGH) Academy of Integrative Medicine for Holistic Interventions for General Health  through its innovative measure of moving forward  from  pathogenesis to Salutogenesis has been pioneering in introducing music therapy services  through  its training, research and patient care activities since 2010 in India. Since then, the Center has been very actively engaged in inter-disciplinary research  creating evidence for music therapy applications in patient care outcomes. The Center is about to commence shortly  a Masters degree program in Medical Music Therapy in the beginning of the year 2016. The university also In continuation of its persevering efforts to strive for excellence, today,  entered into a memorandum of understanding with The IMC University of Applied Sciences, Krems, Austria( leaders in music therapy education and research in Europe)  with a goal to  internationalize its educational and research activities, promote student exchange programs, collaborative research projects in music therapy and collaborative Master's and doctoral programs in music therapy.  The faculty and students of both the universities would benefit through these exchange programs on music therapy neurological rehabilitation, neuro-science in music therapy, microanalysis and video documentation in music therapy, traditions in music therapy, hospital based music therapy, medical research methods in music therapy and so on. The  IMC University runs the bachelors degree and masters degree program in music therapy and SBV plans to launch a Ph.D. program in music therapy soon. Through this MOU, the Masters degree students of IMC Krems will have the opportunity to pursue their Ph.d. program from  CMTER, SBV.  IMC University of Applied Sciences, Krems have so far established 27 music therapy programs in all the hospitals of Austria and are funded by the Austrian Government. All the programs are established under the federal law of Austria for music therapy. The MOU ceremony was represented by  Hon. Vice Chancellor, Prof. Dr. KR Sethuraman and Dr. Sumathy Sundar, Director, CMTER from SBV and Prof. Karl Ennsfellner, CEO  and Prof. Dr. Gerhard Tucek, Head of Research, Department of Health Sciences and Program Director, Department of Music Therapy  from The IMC University of Applied Sciences, Krems, Austria.   MOU SBV-IMC Krems for a collaborative doctoral program in music therapy on 24 11 2016 Known for its focus towards salutogenesis in medical sciences and for its innovative and pioneering  work in introducing  music therapy in to medical care, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth University, has entered into an MoU for a collaborative doctoral program in music therapy with the IMC University of Applied Sciences, Krems, Austria one of the Austria’s leading international universities of Applied Sciences, a world leader  in many aspects such as  business, health and life sciences.   A delegation from SBV headed by the Vice Chancellor Dr. KR Sethuraman along with Dr. N. Ananthakrishnan, Dean, Research and Allied Health Sciences, Dr. Vellore A R Srinivasan, Registrar and Dr. Sumathy Director, Center for Music Therapy Education and Research, SBV were invited by the IMC University of Applied Sciences, Krems, Austria during the inaugural ceremony of the Josef Russel Center for Personalized music therapy set up by the Austrian Government and the other partner hospitals and companies with a grant size of 1.75 million Euros.   During the function, Dr. Karl Ennsfellner, CEO and Dr. Gerhard Tucek, Head of Therapeutic Sciences of the Josef Russel Center for Personalized Music Therapy signed a Memorandum of Understanding on behalf of IMC Krems and Vice Chancellor Dr. KR Sethuraman and Dean Dr. N Ananthakrishnan signed on behalf of SBV. The MoU was for collaboration between the two instittues for the PhD course in Music therapy. VC, Prof. Sethuraman, indicated that this collaborative doctoral program in music therapy will stimulate innovative academic dialogue between researchers, experts, students and music therapy practitioners for the benefit of patients. Registrar, Dr. Vellore AR Srinivasan released the service contract for this collaborative doctoral program. This MOU aims at long term collaboration to promote novel methods in the form of music therapy as a salutogenic approach.   The Center for Music Therapy Education and Research of SBV will accept Ph.D. research scholars from the IMC University of Applied Sciences, Krems, Austria. Both the universities are keen on taking forward this collaboration beyond music therapy to other areas such as exchange of undergraduate scholars, observership for the undergraduate and postgraduate students of music therapy and collaboration in nursing education besides research.   As a follow up, the first batch of research scholars from IMC Krems are expected to join this program at SBV immediately. Dr. Adithan, Director, Central Inter-Disciplinary Research Facility of SBV plans to send high profile speakers from SBV from the departments of medicine, pharmacology and biotechnology to  the  world class “International Life Sciences Meeting” to be held in IMC Krems during April. 5-6, 2017 MOU – Anglia Ruskin University and SBV on 10 03 2017 On 10 3 2017, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth inked a Letter of Intent with Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, United Kingdom on promoting international academic cooperation, exchanging the materials in education, research and publications related to Music Therapy, exploring the possibility of joint research in the field of Music Therapy. The MOU was signed during the 4th International Conference of Music Therapy titled “Music Therapy: Salutogenic Focus on Health”. The key note address was delivered by  Dr. Helen Odell Miller, director of Music Therapy Research Centre at Anglica Ruskin University, Cambridge who spoke on Music Therapy and adult mental health in the 21st Century. She highlighted the specific ways in which people with personality disorder use music in Music therapy as, music provides a link between emotion and thought, music is used to heighten understanding of expression of emotion, links between memory of abuse and childhood music making can be powerful.  Dr.  Jorg Fachner Professor of Music, Health and Brain at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, United Kingdom spoke on Imagery and brain processing in Receptive Music Therapy Settings The MOU ceremony was represented by Hon. Vice Chancellor Prof. KR Sethuraman and Dr. Sumathy Sundar, Director, Center for Music Therapy Education and Research from SBV and Prof. Jorg Fachner, Department of Music, Health and Brain from Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.          
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    Music Therapy: A Salutogenic Focus to Health

  • IPR (patents filed, granted and copyrights) for the periods 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-1

    1. SBV Model of Development and Implementation of Curriculum of M.Sc. Medical Music Therapy. Copyright granted on 19.9.17. Registration No. L-69795/2017.
    2. "MEETS"- Musically Express Your Emotions and Thoughts for Success. Copyright granted on 11.10.17.  Registration No.L- 69472/2017.
    3. SBV Model of Credit-based Music Therapy Internship Training. Copyright application registered vide diary no. 15799/2017-CO/L dated 9.11.17.
    4. Therapeutic Secular Chanting for use in Operation Theatres in SBV – (Copyright application submitted to IPR Cell in Nov. 2017
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