Roland Droh


Dr. med. Roland Droh (ex officio), founding president of ISMM, former Director Department of Anaesthesiology at Sportkrankenhaus Hellersen Luedenscheid. Roland Droh initiated the first International Symposium on Anxiety, Pain and Music hold in Luedenscheid, Germany, December 3 – 4 1982. Members of the distinguished international faculty of this first meeting on  music in  medicine became founding members of ISMM. 


Donald A. Hodges
Donald A. Hodges

Donald A. Hodges is Covington Distinguished Professor of Music Education and Director of the Music Research Institute (MRi) at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His degrees are from the University of Kansas (BME) and the University of Texas (MM and PhD). Previous appointments include the Philadelphia public schools, the University of South Carolina, Southern Methodist University, and the University of Texas at San Antonio.


Hodges has authored more than 140 book chapters, papers, and multimedia programs in music education and music psychology, was co-author of Music in the Human Experience: An Introduction to Music Psychology (2011), and contributing editor of the Handbook of Music Psychology and the accompanying Multimedia Companion (1980, 1996). Recent research efforts have included a series of brain imaging studies of pianists, conductors, and singers using PET and fMRI. Hodges has served on the editorial committees of the Journal of Research in Music Education, Music Educators Journal, Reviews of Research in Human Learning and Music, and Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, and has presented widely across the US and internationally. His biographical sketch is in the New Grove Dictionary of American Music



Ph.D. in Music Education, The University of Texas, 1974

M.M. in Music Education, The University of Texas, 1971

B.M.E. With Distinction, University of Kansas, 1967


Teaching Experience

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2003-2017

Professor Emeritus, 2017

Covington Distinguished Professor of Music Education, 2003-2013

Director, Music Research Institute, 2003-2014

Teaching duties: graduate music education courses, dissertation supervision


The University of Texas at San Antonio, 1980-2003

Professor of Music

Director, Institute for Music Research

Coordinator, Music Education

Acting Division Director, 1985-86

Graduate Advisor of Record, 1981-85

Teaching duties: undergraduate and graduate music education courses

Conductor, UTSA Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra, 1983-1992


Southern Methodist University, 1977-80

Associate Professor with tenure

Coordinator of Graduate Studies in Music Education

Teaching duties: undergraduate and graduate music education courses


University of South Carolina, 1974-77

Assistant Professor

Teaching duties: graduate music education courses and studio horn


The University of Texas at Austin, 1970-74

NDEA Title IV Fellowship

Assistant Instructor, Teaching Assistant


Philadelphia Public Schools, 1967-70

Instrumental Music Teacher

Assistant Conductor, Philadelphia All-City Junior Orchestra

Publications, Research Papers, and Presentations 




A current vita and copies of many of his papers can be accessed at


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Dorothee von Moreau, Dr. rer. medic, board-certified music therapist DMtG, Diplom-Psychologist & approved Psychological Psychotherapist, is Professor of Theory and Practice of Music Therapy at University of Music and Drama Hamburg, Germany, former Professor of Applied Music Therapy and Psychotherapy and head of the teaching clinics “Music therapy on Campus” and “Dance Movement Therapy on Campus” at SRH University in Heidelberg, Germany. She is also member of the Professional Advisory Board of the German Association of Music Therapy DMtG, and member at Wissenschaftliche Fachgesellschaft für künstlerische Therapien, WFKT, Germany [scientific association for arts therapies]. 

As head of Music Therapy Institute at University of Music and Drama Hamburg she currently coordinates the Master Program in Music Therapy and is part of the doctoral committee. Her own docotoral dissertation deals with the development and evaluation of MAKS, a music therapy scale for assessing musical expression and communication behavior on children and adolescents. Her further main interests are on psychodynamic music therapy, developmental music therapy, music therapy in psychosomatics and mental health. Her clinical experience includes music therapy with mentally ill children and adolescents, adults and geriatric clients. She has also served as a lecturer in a variety of music therapy training programs in Germany and was former head of the Music Therapy Institute at Freies Musikzentrum in Munich. In this position she coordinated the postgraduate private music therapy training program and annual conferences. For many years she furthermore has served as a member of the editorial board of the German Journal “Musiktherapeutische Umschau” and engaged in different professional issues (e.g. development of training programs, professional acknowledgement of music therapy).


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Monika Nöcker-Ribaupierre
Monika Nöcker-Ribaupierre

Monika Nöcker-Ribaupierre, Dr. sc.mus. has over 20 years of clinical experience, working with music therapy in NICU and early infant development in developmentally delayed and multiply disabled children at University Children`s Hospital in Munich. Her primary focus is Auditory Stimulation with the Mother`s Voice after premature birth. 


Prior to this, Monika was chair of the postgraduate music therapy training program at Freies Musikzentrum Munich e.V., lecturer at Ludwig Maximilian University Munich, Secr, General and Vice President of the European Music Therapy Confederation EMTC, member of the Commission on Training and Education in the World Federation of Music Therapy WFMT.


She is honorary member of DMtG and Freies Musikzentrum Today she is Vice-President of the International Society of Music in Medicine and serves on the scientific board of “Musiktherapeutische Umschau”, and the Editorial Board of the interdisciplinary journal Music and Medicine. She has published internationally a number of books, book chapters and articles 


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Fred J. Schwartz
Fred J. Schwartz

Dr. Fred J. Schwartz has been an anesthesiologist at Piedmont Hospital for over 34 years. His degrees are from the State University of Buffalo (BA), Creighton Medical School, and the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center in Tucson (anesthesiology residency). Dr. Schwartz has authored numerous papers, studies, and book chapters, with topics such as the use of music in the neonatal intensive care unit, music use in recovery of open heart surgery patients, as well as the pathophysiology of pain and stress and music therapy implications for perinatal, perioperative, and chronic pain.


Dr. Schwartz has produced a series of music CD’s with music and womb sounds for pregnancy, childbirth, and the newborn as well as music for adult sleep. He was the medical spokesman for Georgia Governor Zell Miller in bringing classical music to all newborns in Georgia. He has had multiple appearances on CNN TV Headline News, CNN Medical News, as well as network news channels.


Dr. Schwartz is Vice President of the International Society for Music in Medicine (IAMM), Treasurer of the International Association for Music and Medicine (ISMM), and on the Advisory Board of the Music for Healing and Transition Program (MHTP).



Internship and Residency in Anesthesiology:
University of Arizona Health SciencesCenter, Tucson, Arizona 1976-1979


Medical School: Creighton Medical School, Omaha, Nebraska 1972-1976


Undergraduate: State University of New York at Buffalo 1969-1972 Psychology BArequirements completed, entered medical school without obtaining BA



Staff Anesthesiologist at Piedmont Hospital, Atlanta, Georgia 1979-present


Transitions Music 1989-present


SoundWell Lab board,
Austin Non-profit using biotechnologies to help Parkinson’s patients



Treasurer, International Association for Music and Medicine (IAMM)

Vice President International Society for Music in Medicine (ISMM)

Founding Board of Music and Medicine, A journal published by SAGE

Editorial board, Music and Medicine

Advisory board, The Music for Healing and Transition Program (MHTP)

American Music Therapy Association (AMTA)

Sound and Music Healers Association (SAMA)

Association for Pre- and Perinatal Psychology and Health

International Music Society for Prenatal Development

American Society of Anesthesiologists

Georgia Society of Anesthesiologists



Multiple appearances on CNN
TV Headline News and CNN Medical News since 1989


Radio interviews on PBS and BBC 2000


Medical spokesman for Georgia Governor Zell Miller
in bringing music to newborns



Board certification by American Board of Anesthesiology 1981


Advanced Cardiac Life Support


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Ralph Spintge
Ralph Spintge

Ralph Spintge, Dr. med., is currently Director of the Dept of Algesiology&Interdisciplinary Painmedicine and Regional Pain Centre DGS at Sportklinik Hellersen; Luedenscheid Germany.

He is a Board Certified Anesthesiologist as well as Board Certified for Painmedicine and Board Certified for Occupational Health. Lifetime Professor of MusicMedicine at University of Music and Drama, Hamburg; former Adjunct Professor at the Institute for Music Research, University of Texas at San Antonio, former Associate Editor International Journal of Arts Medicine MMB Saint Louis, Co-Editor-in-Chief of the  Journal Music and Medicine SAGE Los Angeles, Co-Editor Journal for Music and Health/Musik und Gesundheit, Bremen. He got his German Approbation and from the Medical Faculty at the Rheinisch-Westfaelische Friedrich Wilhelms University Bonn in 1981.


His doctoral dissertation deals with music as psychophysiological therapeutic against perioperative anxiety and stress. He has 30 years experience in clinical medicine (Anaesthesia, Intensive Care, Internal Medicine, Pain Medicine and Occupational Health Care).

Spintge conducted a series of psychophysiological studies about the anxioalgolytic effects of music in Surgery, Anaesthesia, PainTherapy, Obstetrics, and Dentistry during several stays abroad and in cooperation with scientists, medical doctors and psychologists from the University of Hirosaki, Japan, the University of Vienna/Austria, the Erasmus University Rotterdam/The Netherlands, the University of Marburg/Germany, the Free University of Berlin/Germany, the University of Osnabrueck/Germany, the New South Wales State Conservatorium of Music Sydney/Australia, the University of Bonn/Germany. He was co-investigator within a 10-years collaborative research program about “Rhythmicity and The Neurovegetative Status in Man” with the German Max-Planck-Society, The Institute for Physiology at Free University of Berlin, The Institute for Synergetic Mathematics at University of Stuttgart and the National Research Centre Juelich, based on a grant from Sporthilfe e.V..


Spintge inaugurated the term MusicMedicine describing scientifically based clinical use of musical stimuli. His current area of research is focused upon the impact of musical stimuli on Heart Rate Variability in chronic pain, burn-out & fatigue, sleep disorders and sports, as well as the importance of functional music in human evolution including epigenetics. Spintge´s publications comprise numerous articles and 22 books about innovations in anesthesia, pain medicine and applications of medicofunctional music / MusicMedicine.


He is founding member (1982) and President of the International Society for Music in Medicine ISMM Inc., member of the Int.Assoc.for the Study of Pain IASP, German Association for Painmedicine DGS, German Society for Medical Psychology, Honorary Member of the MusicTherapy Association of Catalonia/Spain. He is lecturing within the Music Therapy Master course at the Institute for Music Therapy at University for Music and Drama Hamburg, working as clinical specialist in Pain Medicine, Anaesthesia and Occupational Health at Sportklinik Hellersen, Luedenscheid Germany.


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Michael H Thaut
Michael H Thaut

Michael H Thaut received his masters and PhD in music from Michigan State University with a minor in movement science. He also studied at the Mozarteum Music University in Salzburg/Austria and holds a German Diplom in Psychology and Education. At Colorado State University he is a Professor of Music and a Professor of Neuroscience and served as Administrative Director of the School of the Arts from 2001 to 2010. He has been the Director of the Center for Biomedical Research in Music since 1994. He was a Visiting Professor of Music at the Mozarteum in 1985, and a Visiting Professor of Kinesiology at the University of Michigan/Ann Arbor in 1993. He has also been a Visiting Scientist in Neurology at Duesseldorf University Medical School 1995-2001, a Visiting Professor at Heidelberg University of Applied Sciences in 2002. He holds a Visiting Professorship of Music at Kurashiki Sakuyo University/Japan since 2005. Since 2010, he holds the position of Chancelor of the SRH-University System Germany, an alliance of 6 private colleges, and also served as Interim President of the SRH University of Health Sciences in Gera.  


Dr. Thaut’s internationally recognized research focuses on brain function in music, especially temporal information processing in the brain related to rhythmicity and biomedical applications of music to neurologic rehabilitation of cognitive and motor function. He received the National Research Award in 1993 and the National Service Award in 2001 from the American Music Therapy Association. He has over 130 scientific publications and has authored and coauthored 4 books. His works have appeared in German, Japanese, Korean, Italian, and Spanish language. Popular TV media and numerous print media have featured his research nationally and internationally. He is an elected member and the treasurer of the World Academy of Multidisciplinary Neurotraumatology, a member of the management committee of the World Federation of Neurologic Rehabilitation, and serves as Vice President of the International Society for Music and Medicine. He was elected in 2007 as President of the International Society for Clinical Neuromusicology. 


As a former professional violinist in the classic and folk genre he has recorded several LPs/CDs of chamber and folk music in the US and Germany and has toured in Europe extensively. He is also the author of a landmark anthology of European and North American folk fiddle music. In 1995 his group ‘Folk Chamber Ensemble ‘ played 3 invited concerts at the Northwest German Summer Music Festival entitled ‘Folk Meets Classic’. He continues to perform in small chamber and folk ensembles as time permits.


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