Dr. med. Roland Droh, 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.
Cheryl Dileo, Emerita Laura H. Carnell Professor of Music Therapy, received her PhD in Music Education for College Teaching from Louisiana State University and her Bachelor's and Master's in Music Therapy from Loyola University of the South. She is a Board-certified music therapist with a number of years of experience as a clinician and consultant. She currently coordinates the PhD Program in Music Therapy. In addition, she is the Director of the Arts and Quality of Life Research Center at Temple University.
She has served as Program Coordinator of Music Therapy and on a number of college and university committees. She founded the music therapy program at the University of Evansville and has served on the music therapy faculty at Loyola University. She was named the McAndless Distinguished Scholar and Professor in the Humanities for the 2002-3 academic year at Eastern Michigan University. Currently, she is an honorary faculty member at both the University of Melbourne, and the University of Queensland, Australia, and is on the PhD Advisory Board at Aalborg University, Denmark. She has served on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Music Therapy and Music Therapy: The Journal of the American Association for Music Therapy, and the International Journal of the Arts in Psychotherapy.
She is currently Co-Editor in Chief of Research Voices, a Consulting Editor for the Journal of Music Therapy and an Advisory Board Member of the Nordic Journal of Music Therapy. She serves as a grant consultant for the National Institute of Health, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and the National Cancer Institute. She has held a variety of leadership positions in the National Association for Music Therapy, including President, Vice-President, and Council Coordinator. She played a leading role in the development of the NAMT Code of Ethics, and currently Co-Chairs AMTA's Ethics Board. She has received the Association's Award of Merit, as well as the AMTA Distinguished Research/Publication Award, and the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award.
She has also served in a variety of leadership positions for the World Federation of Music Therapy, including, President, Past-President, Chair of the Commission on Ethics and she currently serves as Business Manager. She developed the WFMT Guidelines for Ethics and Research. She has given more than 200 lectures and workshops in this country and abroad, having conducted lecture tours in 30 countries on 5 continents. She has authored/edited co-edited 13 books and over 90 book chapters. Her research interests include: quantitative analyses and meta-analyses of the effects of music therapy in medicine, the development and testing of new music therapy interventions in medicine, particularly involving songs, entrainment, and improvised music; and multicultural issues in music therapy practice.
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.
A current vita and copies of many of his papers can be accessed at http://sites.google.com/site/donaldahodges/.
Monika Nöcker-Ribaupierre, Dr.sc.mus., music therapist DMtG, psychotherapy HPG, is specialized in auditory stimulation with the mother’s voice after premature birth. She did 12 years of research in NICU and worked 20 years in NICU, and in development neurology at University Children’s Hospital in Munich.
She served 15 years as head of the postgraduate private music therapy training program BWM at Freies Musikzentrum Munich e.V., as lecturer at Munich University and in the board of German professional music therapy organisations. She was the German delegate and Secretary General/Vice President of the EMTC, and member of the Commission on Education and Training in the WFMT.
She is currently member of the board at Freies Musikzentrum Munich e.V., and Vice-President of the International Society for Music in Medicine ISMM. She serves as member in the Ethics Committee of the DMtG, in the scientific board of “Musiktherapeutische Umschau” and Bundesverband ”das frühgeborene Kind” e.V. and on the Editorial Board of the interdisciplinary journal Music and Medicine, and as a board member in several social foundations. She has published internationally, authored and edited seven books (esp. “Music Therapy for Premature and Newborn Infants”, 2004, Barcelona Publ) and more than 50 book chapters and articles. She lectures and presents internationally. Her main interest is music therapy in neonatal care, ethics and international professional matters.
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
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 Dr.med. 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.
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.