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As part of our mission, we conduct research in music and medicine to support evidence-based music therapy practices. Our current research projects include:  

Asthma Initiative Program (AIP)
The Asthma Initiative Program (AIP) uses music therapy to enhance the breathing capacity and quality of life of children and teens with asthma. The program is FREE and sponsored by the Grammy Foundation Grant Program. To find out more or to enroll, go to our AIP page.

Music for AIR
with Jonathan Raskin MD. The Music for AIR (Advances in Respiration) program offers music therapy as a complementary modality to achieving treatment goals and wellness for adults who have a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The program is offered through a collaborative effort with the Center for Cardiac and Pulmonary Health at Mount Sinai Beth Israel. To find out more or to enroll, go to our Pulmonary Rehabilitation page.

Music for CAIR
with Stephen Bergmann. Music for CAIR (Cardiac Advances in Rehabilitation) program is tailored to adults who have cardiovascular disease. Music therapy is offered as a complementary approach to cardiac rehabilitation through a collaborative effort with the Center for Cardiac and Pulmonary Health at Mount Sinai Beth Israel. To find out more or to enroll, read more on our Cardiac Rehabilitation page.

Heather on Earth Multi-site NICU Study
Starting in September of 2006, our specialist level music therapy team is leading seven other sites in a study investigating the effects of music therapy interventions for premature infants. This two-year study explores the use of live music with premature infants having respiratory distress syndrome, clinical sepsis and/or small for gestational age diagnoses. To find out more or enroll, go to our NICU page.

Clinical Music Improvisation and Infusion Study
Helen Sawya Research Project at St. Luke's Roosevelt with Gabriel Sara MD. Music therapists are investigating the impact of live music-drumming and clinical music improvisation in resiliency of patients receiving infusion therapy.

The Effects of Music Therapy in the Recovery of Patients Undergoing Spine Surgery
with Peter McCann MD. Music therapists are measuring the effects of live music applications in pain and recovery of SPINE patients.

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