The following resources represent an unfolding universe of institutes, programs, schools, and commercial organizations dedicated to application-specific utilizations of music and sound. This listing should be taken as a starting point. Kindly pardon omissions. Suggestions for additions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are about 250 Tomatis Centers in the world. Below is a list of centers that use the Tomatis Method in North America. These are the only centers that are accredited by Dr. A. A. Tomatis. To access the home page of each of these Centers, use the Internet: www.tomatis.com.
Phoenix, AZ; Denver, CO; New Orleans, LA; Bethesda, MR; Amherst, MA; Dallas, TX; Seattle, WA.
Garza Garcia, Nuevo Leon
Mexico City, DF
Monterrey, Nuevo Leon
Outside North America contact:
Tomatis International Headquarters
144 Avenue des Champs Elysees
Paris 75008, France
Tel: (33) 1-53-53-42-40
The American Music Therapy Association
8455 Colesville Road, Suite 1000
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Tel: (301) 589-3300
Fax: (301) 589-5175
Guided Imagery and Music
Association for Music and Therapy
Attn: James Rankin
331 Soquel Avenue, Suite 201
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
The Bonny Foundation
2020 Simmons Street
Salinas, KS 67401
Attn: Carol A. Bush
Virginia Beach, VA 23454
Tel: (757) 498-0452
Music and Sound in Education
American Association of Kodaly Educators
1457 South 23rd Street
Fargo, ND 58103
Tel: (701) 235-0366
The American Orff Schulwerk Association
P.O. Box 391089
Cleveland, OH 44139
Tel: (216) 543-5366
Offers training in the Orff method in the U.S. and abroad, featuring xylophones, glockenspiels, poems, rhymes, games, storytelling, songs, and dances.
Attn: Chris Brewer, MA, FAMI
2814 Springwood Drive
Greensboro, NC 27403
Tel: (336) 294-0029
Resources and training in accelerative learning.
The Suzuki Association of America
1900 Fulsom Street, #101
Boulder, CO 80302
Tel: (303) 444-0948
American headquarters for the Suzuki method and training.
Music and Sound Education
California Institute of Integral Studies(CIIS)
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Program Director: Silvia Nakkach
Certificate in Sound, Voice, and Music Healing
CIIS Public Programs’ Sound, Voice, and Music Healing Certificate is the first of its kind to be offered by an accredited academic institution. The unique program provides an intercultural and integral study of the use of sound, voice, and music as healing modalities. It also offers a solid foundation in scientific research, spiritual wisdom traditions, and experiential skills development—which can support therapeutic and growth processes—and inspires and promotes personal transformation as well.
Working in close collaboration with program director Silvia Nakkach, CIIS Public Programs has brought together leading and senior teachers of the highest caliber from the fields of sound, voice, and music healing, and created a curriculum that balances both the spiritual and clinical dimensions of sound healing.
California Institute of PsychoAcoustics
Att: David Gibson
739 Bryant Street
San Francisco, CA
Tel: (650) 324-0464 or (800) 9000-MIX
One of the first integrated programs for the study of psychoacoustics in America. The Institute provides a facility and organization to study and promote the use of sound in a wide range of therapeutic and lifestyle-enhancing applications on the human body, psyche, and spirit. The Institute is also dedicated to researching new techniques and technologies that can aid in the positive uses of sound, and is committed to providing an open atmosphere for researchers in the industry to come together to share ideas and research.
Silvia Nakkach, Director
4053 Harlan St, #202
Emeryville, CA 94608
Phones/fax: 510-595 0819
Voice Mail: 415-608 1535
The School of the Voice is an innovative training program designed by the Vox Mundi Project. The courses offer an in-depth exploration of the voice as an instrument to:
* make music
* awaken individual innate creativity
* free self-expression
* improve musicianship
* focus and relax the mind
* engender a sense of confidence and community
* heal unwanted feelings and physical illness
The approach is integral, cross-cultural, and systematic. The highly experiential training workshops offer a precise integration of the Eastern and Western approach to singing as a therapeutic art. For over twenty years singers, music therapists, teachers, and students have learned technical, progressive ways to apply vocal arts in their work. As a result of the Vox Mundi Project educational programs, this multi-modal approach is now practiced by hundreds of musicians and therapists internationally.
Clinical Soundwork Models
The following clinics/organizations are examples of
current soundwork practices used in a therapeutic or educational context.
Center for InnerChange
Ron Minson, M.D., and Kate O'Brien-Minson, Directors
55 Madison Street, Suite 400
Denver, CO 80206
Tel: (303) 320-4411
Fax: (303) 322-5550
Dr. Ron Minson, former Chief of Psychiatry at two of Denver's teaching hospitals, learned about the Tomatis Method in searching for help for his daughter. After studying with Dr. Alfred Tomatis in France, Dr. Minson and his wife, Kate, opened their center in Denver in 1990. Dr. Minson artfully combines traditional and alternative therapies. The Center for InnerChange specializes in a non-pharmacological approach by using sound as a natural way to improve brain function. With the Tomatis Listening Method at its core, other methods include cognitive behavioral therapy for both children and adults, family therapy, and allergy/nutrition consultations.
The Chalice of Repose Project
Therese Schroeder-Sheker, Director
St. Patrick Hospital
312 East Pine Street
Missoula, MT 59802
Tel: (406) 329-2810
Fax: (406) 329-5614
The Chalice of Repose Project is a unique end-of-life patient care program and graduate level school of music-thanatology. It includes a palliative-clinical practice and an educational program. The Project is a nonprofit, tax-exempt corporation housed within St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula, Montana, USA. The Project's mission is to lovingly serve the physical and spiritual needs of the dying with prescriptive music; to educate clinicians, healthcare providers, and the public about the possibility of a blessed death and the gift that conscious dying can bring to the fullness of life; and to integrate and model these contemplative and clinical values in daily practice.
Sir Peter Guy Manners, M.D., D.O., Ph.D.
Brentforton Scientific and Medical Trust
Vale of Evesharm, Worcester
England WR11 5JH
Tel: (44) 1386-830537
Fax: (44) 1386-830918
Cymatic therapy is not applied through the auditory system, rather directly through the skin. A computerized instrument transmits resonant frequencies of sound into the body. Sound waves, within the audible range, pass through healthy tissues and reestablish healthy resonance in unhealthy tissues. Used by nurses, chiropractors, osteopaths, and acupuncturists, cymatic machines have been used in the USA since the late 1960s. Training is required.
The Davis Center for Hearing, Speech & Learning
Dorinne S. Davis, M.A. CCC-A, Director
98 Rt. 46
W. Budd Lake, NJ 07828
Tel: (973) 347-7662
Fax: (973) 691-0611
Providing multiple sound-based therapies in one location, The Davis Center is an example of the sound therapy centers of the future. Dorinne S. Davis is a licensed, certified audiologist. Her thirty years experience in Educational & Rehabilitative Audiology provide the foundation for the center's unique focus and evaluation protocol. The Davis Center assists people of all ages, particularly those with special needs, addressing symptoms related to Autism, PDD, ADD, ADHD, Dyslexia, and other Auditory Processing Disorders by offering a variety of specialized sound-based therapies for the enhancement of hearing, speech, and learning. Methods include Berard Auditory Integration Training (AIT), Tomatis, The Listening Program, and Lindamood Bell. Well-being issues are addressed through BioAcoustics.
Hearing and Learning Center/Beth Israel Medical Center
Beth Israel Medical Center
Jane R. Maydell, Ph.D., Director
10 Union Square East, Suite 2K
New York, NY 10003
Tel: (212) 844-8790
Fax: (212) 844-8791
This full-service center provides diagnostic and treatment services to infants, children, and adults with a variety of hearing, speech, language, and learning disorders. Under the direction of Dr. Jane Madell, a certified and licensed audiologist, auditory verbal therapist, and speech-language pathologist, the emphasis at the center includes hearing loss and disorders involving auditory processing, auditory attention, and auditory function. Therapies include speech-language therapy, auditory verbal therapy, auditory training, auditory integration training, The Listening Program, Fast ForWard, Earobics, and specific listening therapy. Reading services are also available using Lindamood Bell and Orton Gillingham methods. Extensive follow-up and support services include school visits, classroom evaluation, in-service training for school personnel, and evaluation and dispensing of assistive devices.
National Academy for Child Development (NACD)
Robert J. Doman Jr., Executive Director
The Weber Center
2380 Washington Blvd., 2nd Floor
Ogden, UT 84401
P.O. Box 380
Huntsville, UT 84317
Tel: (801) 621-8606
Fax: (801) 621-8389
An international organization of parents and professionals dedicated to helping children and adults reach their full potential. Founded in 1979 by educator and lecturer Robert J. Doman Jr., NACD designs very specific home neurodevelopmental programs for infants, children, and adults. Client populations span comatose to highly gifted. Sound stimulation program of choice: The Listening Program.
Suzanne Evans Morris, Ph.D., Director
1124 Roberts Mountain Road
Faber, VA 22938
Tel: (804) 361-2285
New Visions provides continuing education and therapy services to professionals and parents working with infants and children with feeding, swallowing, oral-motor, and pre-speech problems. The New Visions Mealtimes catalog includes a wide variety of feeding and oral-motor materials and music recordings to support learning. New Visions was established in 1985 by Suzanne Evans Morris, Ph.D. Its programs are located in the Blue Ridge foothills of Nelson County, Virginia.
Sheila Smith Allen, M.A., O.T.R., B.C.P, Codirector
330 Main Street
Chatham, NJ 07928
Tel: (973) 635-0202
Fax: (973) 635-9609
Pediatric Therapeutics is a private therapy center, established in 1986, providing family-centered occupational, physical, and speech/language therapies to children from birth to twenty-one years. Soundwork is incorporated into a variety of clinical approaches by all disciplines in order to affect arousal, regulatory functions, attention, and adaptive behavior. It is an integral component of sensory integrative intervention. In both clinical treatment and home-programming, therapists and/or parents use an array of activities, music, and sound-based programs, ranging from basic breathing, movement, and soundmaking, to psychoacoustically engineered programs of listening to technologically advanced software. Specific sound-based tools include The Listening Program and its extensions, Sound Health Series, Metamusic, Music of Light, Ease, Sonas/Samonas, Interactive Metronome, Fast ForWord, and BrainBuilder.
Fred Schwartz, M.D.
314 Woodward Way NW
Atlanta, GA 30305
Tel: (404) 335-4242
Fax: (404) 355-0795
Dr. Schwartz is a board certified anesthesiologist, practicing at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. He is a member of the International Society for Music in Medicine, the American Music Therapy Association, as well as APPPAH. He has used music in the operating room and delivery suite for over 20 years, and for the last 10 years has also produced music for pregnancy, childbirth, and babies. He is the author of an extraordinary research study entitled "Music, Stress Reduction and Medical Cost Savings in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit," that details the history and current usages of music in neonatal ICUs. This study can be found at the Internet site listed above.
Strang-Cornell Cancer Prevention Center (affiliated with New York Hospital)
Mitch Gaynor, M.D., Director of Medical Oncology and Integrative Medicine
428 E. 72nd Street, Suite 100
New York, NY 10021
Tel: (212) 794-4900, ext. 161
Fax: (212) 794-0749
Since 1991, Dr. Gaynor has used sound as a complementary therapy in the form of chanting, music, and quartz crystal bowls with remarkable results.
Soundwork Services and Organizations
Advanced Brain Technologies
P.O. Box 1088
Ogden, UT 84402
Tel: (888) 228-1798
Fax: (801) 627-4505
Developer of The Listening Program, a sound-stimulation auditory retraining method consisting of eight specially developed CDs with a Guidebook and Listening Journal. The eight-week program can be used at home, school, or office - a CD player and headphones are the only equipment necessary. Designed primarily for children and adults with learning disabilities and other neurodevelopmental issues, The Listening Program is used thirty minutes per day, five days per week. It is available exclusively through therapists and health and educational professionals who have received specialized training in the administration of the program.
John Beaulieu, Director
BioSonic Enterprises, Ltd.
P.O. Box 487
High Falls, NY 12440
Tel: (914) 687-4767 or (800) 925-0159
Fax: (914) 687-0205
BioSonic Enterprises is dedicated to presenting creative classes and products on Music and Sound Healing, Energy Medicine, and Polarity Therapy.
Center for Bio-Medical Research
Michael H. Thaut, Director
The Center for Biomedical Research in Music at Colorado State University
Tel: (970) 491-7384
Fax: (970) 491-7541
A university research center dedicated to auditory motor and cognitive neuroscience, neurologic rehabilitation, rhythmic perception, production, and synchronization, and the neuroscience of music and scientific foundation of music therapy.
Mandara Cromwell, President
569 Cresthill Ave., NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
Tel: (866) 909-0099
Cymatherapy International is dedicated to restoring optimal health and balance to the body through the non-invasive sound techniques of Cymatherapy. Cymatherapy International has developed a unique, internationally patent-pending system that supports the body’s natural self-healing abilities. Their advanced instruments and applicators deliver to the body the precise combinations of frequencies associated with healthy tissue and organ systems. Cymatherapy is a proprietary form of cymatic (or sound) therapy, practiced worldwide by medical doctors, osteopaths, acupuncturists, chiropractors, massage therapists and other complementary practitioners
The Georgiana Institute
Annabel Stehli, Director
Auditory Integration Training (AIT) and Digital Auditory Aerobics (DAA)
P.O. Box 10, 137 Davenport Road
Roxbury, CT 06783
Tel: (860) 355-1545<
Fax: (860) 355-2443
Annabel Stehli, author of The Sound of a Miracle: A Child's Triumph over Autism and editor of Dancing in the Rain, introduced Auditory Integration Training to the United States two decades ago. In The Sound of a Miracle, Stehli recounts Georgiana's incredible journey through the horrid grip of autism to the wonderful miracle she received through Dr. Guy Berard's Auditory Integration Training (AIT).
Healing HealthCare Systems, Inc.
100 W. Grove Street, Suite 175
Reno, NV 89509
Tel: (800) 348-0799
Fax: (775) 827-0304
HHS specializes in sound and music products and services facilitating hospital practices that serve both clinical and non-clinical needs of patients, families, and staff.
H.E.A.R. (Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers)
Kathy Peck, Executive Director
PO Box 460847
San Francisco, CA 94146
Tel: (415) 409-EARS (3277)
Fax: (415) 409-LOUD (5683)
H.E.A.R. is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness of the real dangers of repeated exposure to excessive noise levels which can lead to permanent, and sometimes debilitating, hearing loss and tinnitus. Services available for musicians, music fans, and anyone needing help with their hearing.
House Ear Institute
2100 West 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90057
Tel: (213) 483-4431
TDD: (213) 484-2642
HEI is a non-profit research and education center. It is also a clinic.
Jonathan Goldman's Healing Sounds
Jonathan Goldman is a writer, musician and teacher. He is an authority on sound healing and a pioneer in the field of harmonics. Jonathan is the author of HEALING SOUNDS: THE POWER OF HARMONICS (Inner Traditions), SHIFTING FREQUENCIES (Light Technology) THE LOST CHORD (Spirit Music) and TANTRA OF SOUND (Hampton Road), co-authored with his wife Andi. He has studied with masters of sound from both the scientific and spiritual traditions, including the Dalai Lama's Chanting Gyuto and Gyume Monks and has been empowered by the Chant Master of the Drepung Loseling Monastery to teach Tibetan Overtone Chanting.
The M.I.N.D. Institute
(Music Intelligence Neural Development Institute)
2070 Business Center Drive, Suite 210
Irvine, CA 92612
Tel: (949) 475-0492
Fax: (949) 475-0499
The Music Intelligence Neural Development Institute is a community-based, non-profit, interdisciplinary basic scientific research institute, which was formed in 1997 by the team of scientists that did the dramatic and groundbreaking research that used music as a window into higher brain function. At the core of this research is the structured trion model of higher brain function that makes clear predictions about the relationship of music and the neural machinery of mammalian cortex. Results from behavioral studies confirming these predictions have received worldwide media and public attention. The goal of the MI is not only to understand the neural machinery of higher brain function and perform innovative behavioral studies, but to channel the results back into society to the benefit of education and medicine.
The Monroe Institute
62 Roberts Mountain Road
Faber, VA 22938-2317
Tel: (804) 361-1252
Fax: (804) 351-1237
The Monroe Institute, a nonprofit research, educational, membership-based organization, is devoted to the exploration of methods of accelerated learning through practical explorations and coordinated research efforts using an interdisciplinary approach.
The Mozart Effect Resource Center
Don Campbell, Director
Don Campbell is a recognized authority on the transformative power of music, listening, and The Mozart Effect®. In Campbell's unique view, music is not only a rich and rewarding aesthetic experience but an easily accessible bridge to a more creative, intelligent, healthy, and joy-filled life. His singular mission is to help return music to its central place in the modern world as a resource for growth, development, health, and celebration.
Noise Pollution Clearinghouse
P.O. Box 1137
Montpelier, VT 05601
Tel: (888) 200-8332
NPC is a national nonprofit organization with extensive online noise-related resources. NPC seeks to raise awareness about noise pollution; create, collect, and distribute information and resources regarding noise pollution; strengthen laws and governmental efforts to control noise pollution; establish networks among environmental, professional, medical, governmental, and activist groups working on noise pollution issues; assist activists working against noise pollution.
Open Ear Center
Pat Moffit Cook, Director
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
Tel: (206) 842-5560
Fax: (206) 842-1968
The Open Ear Center offers training programs, workshops, and international intensives in the practical and professional use of crosscultural sound and music in healthcare and self-maintenance. Pat Moffitt Cook, the founder and director, is a pioneer in the use of crosscultural sound and music in healthcare. Her doctoral work in music paralleled extensive practical training and certification in methods of Auditory Stimulation and Sensory Integration (Tomatis Method, The Listening Program, LWP) and in Guided Imagery and Music (GIM). For over 22 years, Pat has traveled extensively throughout the world, recording and participating in musical rituals and the daily life of other cultures.
Resonant Forte, Inc.
Joshua Leeds, Director
PO Box 150326
San Rafael, CA 94915
Tel: (415) 482-6095
Fax: (415) 482-6034
Specializing in application-specific audio programs, Resonant Forte recordings are designed to facilitate wellness, accelerate learning, and improve performance. Sophisticated sonic neurotechnologies (including filtration/gating or binaural frequencies) are often combined with psychoacoustically refined musical arrangements.
REI Institute (Rhythmic Entrainment)
Jeff Strong, Director
55 Lime Kiln Road
Lamy, New Mexico, NM 87540
Tel: (505) 466-6334
Fax: (505) 466-6144
The REI Institute is a music-medicine organization focusing on the effects of musical rhythm on the central nervous system. Under the direction of Institute Director Jeff Strong, the REI Institute conducts leading edge research on Rhythmic Entrainment Intervention (REI), offers Authorized Provider training seminars, produces therapeutic CDs, and provides the custom-made REI Therapy Program for a variety of conditions.
SHHH (Self Help for Hard of Hearing People, Inc.)
7910 Woodmont Ave., Suite 1200
Bethesda, MD 20814
Tel: (301) 657-2248
Fax: (301) 913-9413
TTY: (301) 657-2249
SHHH opens the world of communication to people with hearing loss by providing information, education, support, and advocacy.
Society for Auditory Intervention Techniques
P.O. Box 4538
Salem, OR 97302
The Society for Auditory Intervention Techniques (SAIT) is a non-profit organization which distributes information about auditory integration training (AIT) and other auditory-based interventions to professionals and parents.
Sound Remedies Catalog
1301 Maulhardt Ave.
Oxnard, CA 93030 USA
Tel: (805) 278-9400
Fax: (805) 485-1801
The focus of the Sound Remedies Catalog and Resource Guide is the emerging field of soundwork. Sound Remedies contains categorized lists of music and sound programs, recommended reading, and resources.
Internet Research Resources
Cymatics - The Science of the Future?
Institute for Music Research/The University of Texas
Music Department at the University of Queensland, Australia
Their archives are specific to the research of music in education.
MuSICA: The Music and Science Information Computer Archive located at the University of California at Irvine
Sound Healers Association
Excellent bibliography of soundwork
Ultrasound Research Laboratory/Mayo Clinic
"SOUNDWORK LINKS" is excerpted from THE POWER OF SOUND, published by Healing Arts Press.
(c) 2001 Joshua Leeds. All rights reserved.