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About the Center for Music & Medicine

Center for Music & Medicine LeadersThe Center for Music & Medicine leaders, Drs. Sarah Hoover, Alexander Pantelyat and Serap Bastepe-Gray.
The Johns Hopkins Center for Music & Medicine provides cutting-edge multidisciplinary clinical care for musicians and research on music-based interventions for non-musicians. The multidisciplinary team involves physicians, nurses, music therapists, physical/occupational/speech therapists, somatic educators and practitioners of complementary and integrative medicine.

The center, led by Alexander Pantelyat, M.D., assistant professor in the Johns Hopkins Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery and Division of Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders, with Sarah Hoover, D.M.A., special assistant to the dean for innovation, interdisciplinary partnerships and community initiatives at the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, comprises interdisciplinary teams and partnerships with the goal of achieving the center’s vision and mission.


To bring music and medicine together by making music and rhythm an integral part of treating neurological illness as well as improving the health of musicians worldwide.


To leverage Johns Hopkins Medicine’s world-class expertise and excellence in research and the Peabody Conservatory’s reputation as an outstanding school of music to achieve the following:

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Develop music and rhythm-based therapies that improve patient quality of life and address symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson's disease, stroke, autism and other conditions.
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Discover and treat the underlying causes of health issues affecting musicians.
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Explore neural mechanisms that underlie music perception and kinesthetic learning for the development of prevention education and evidence-based pedagogy for musicians.
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Create innovative roles for performers in clinical settings to provide a direct benefit to patients and health care providers using musical performance as medicine.
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Educate physicians and others at Johns Hopkins Medicine on the dynamics of musical performance and interventions.