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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.

In collaboration with Johns Hopkins Rehabilitation Network and the Peabody Institute, the Johns Hopkins Center for Music & Medicine provides cutting-edge multidisciplinary clinical care for musicians and dancers as well as 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., associate 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.


Leveraging Johns Hopkins Medicine’s world-class expertise and excellence in research and the Peabody Conservatory’s outstanding reputation as a school of music, CMM harnesses the tools of science to bring music and medicine together for the benefit of patients, health care workers, and musicians by:

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Developing 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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Discovering and treat the underlying causes of health issues affecting musicians.
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Exploring neural mechanisms that underlie music perception and sensory-motor learning for the development of prevention education and evidence-based pedagogy for musicians.
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Creating innovative roles for musicians in clinical settings that foster health for patients, families, and healthcare providers.
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Developing musical activities for the personal and professional training and development of healthcare providers at Johns Hopkins Medicine.