A LEADING MEDICAL UNIVERSITY, ACCREDITED BY NATIONAL ASSESSMENT AND ACCREDITATION COUNCIL (NAAC) WITH 'A' GRADE and 3.11 CGPA
PONDICHERRY, PUDUCHERRY UT, INDIA
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  • VISION

    To contribute to the advancement and establishment of music therapy as an innovative component in the modern and evidence-based practice of medicine.

    MISSION

    • To harness the healing effects of music and integrate music therapy into routine patient care, under the umbrella of complementary and alternative medicine. • To set high standards for music therapy education in a clinical environment. • To foster high quality scientific research that would facilitate the evidence-based application of music therapy.

    OVERVIEW
    Music Therapy in Hospital

    Music Therapy in Hospital

    Music therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program. It is an established health service similar to occupational therapy and physical therapy and consists of using music therapeutically to address physical, psychological, cognitive and/or social functioning for patients of all ages (American Music Therapy Association).

    Interventions are categorized as ‘music medicine’ when passive listening to pre-recorded music is offered as an ancillary therapy, by medical personnel who are not necessarily specialized in the field of music therapy. In contrast, music therapy requires the implementation of a music intervention by a trained/qualified music therapist. In active music therapy, the patient makes music either alone, with a therapist or within a group. Typical intervention techniques include singing, playing with rhythm, improvisation, and the composition of music or songs. In receptive music therapy, therapeutic goals are pursued by listening to recorded or live music (Rose J, Bartsch HH. Music as therapy. Karger Gazette 2009; 70:5-7).

    There is a substantial global body of research literature available on the evidence-based practice of music therapy as an allied health care service. Yet, the field of music therapy is still at a developmental stage in the Indian context. In spite of a growing interest in the field of music therapy among medical professionals, allied health care and mental health professionals and students in India, there are deep-rooted misconceptions and a lack of clarity with regard to this field. It is a matter of concern that though people show interest in learning about clinical music therapy services, their knowledge is limited to the existence of music healing practices across Indian history and culture, and they struggle to integrate these practices into modern clinical services. The practices are based on belief systems using history as a tool. The difference between healing and music therapy is sometimes perceived as ambiguous. Also, there is a widespread belief that there are ready-made prescriptions of music available for curing various diseases.

    Awareness about various music therapy techniques other than receptive listening experiences is still poor, due to lack of training. Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth is a pioneer in promoting music therapy as an innovative initiative in the realms of patient care, professional training and research.

    HISTORY

    Inception of the Music Medicine Unit in November 2010

    In 2010, the Music Medicine Unit started functioning under the stewardship of Dr. Bharathi P, Professor of Physiology, with the support of other faculty coordinators, namely Dr. Srinivasan AR, Professor of Biochemistry, Dr. Sivaprakash B, Professor of Psychiatry, and Dr. Sobana R, Assistant Professor of Physiology. Music medicine services were provided to patients referred from various clinical specialties such as General Medicine, Psychiatry, Cardiology and Orthopaedics. The beneficial effects of music with patients were documented through research publications in peer-reviewed journals.

  • Vision

    To contribute to the advancement and establishment of music therapy as an innovative component in the modern and evidence-based practice of medicine.

    Mission
    • To harness the healing effects of music and integrate music therapy into routine patient care, under the umbrella of complementary and alternative medicine.
    • To set high standards for music therapy education in a clinical environment.
    • To foster high quality scientific research that would facilitate the evidence-based application of music therapy.
    The Three tiered hospital based music therapy program at CMTER
    3-tier music therapy  

    Center for Music Therapy Education and Research (CMTER), is one of the innovative initiatives of Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth is a pioneering step in India towards integrating complementary therapeutic approaches with modern medical care. SBV introduced music therapy into patient care through its music and medicine unit in the year 2010 and also simultaneously initiated relevant research. In these five years of its inception, the music medicine unit has grown into CMTER which is engaged in the best practices of clinical music therapy services and has been taking long strides in all its activities in the areas of professional training, patient care services and research.

    CMTER is situated at the 1st floor of I block of the Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute, provided with spacious premises and equipped with a wide range of Indian and Western musical instruments, both tuned and un tuned. The music therapy methods go  far beyond merely providing listening experiences, and incorporate the global methods of both receptive and active techniques, including methods such as song-writing, playing musical instruments, singing and participating.  A total of 3291 patients have benefitted so far, since the inception of the music medicine unit in 2010.

     
    YEAR Female Male Transgender TOTAL
    2010 04 13   17
    2011 41 43   84
    2012 62 80   142
    2013 103 103   206
    2014 283 201 47 531
    2015 1236 1075   2311
    Total 1729 1515 47 3291
      Professional Training in Music Therapy

    A one-year professional Postgraduate Diploma in Music Therapy was launched on 25-03-2014 at the Centre for Music Therapy Education and Research. The introduction of the diploma within the framework of a medical curriculum is the first of its kind in the country and has evinced interest in aspiring music therapists in India and abroad. The second batch of PGDMT 2014-15 has also successfully completed the course. This year, the first Master's degree in Medical Music Therapy is planned to be launched. Those who have completed the one year PGDMT in music therapy from CMTER is eligible for a lateral entry into the second year of the master's degree in music therapy. Applicants who have also completed an equivalent PGDMT program elsewhere are eligible for lateral entry in to the second year.

    CMTER is in the process of recruiting students for both PGDMT and Masters degree in Music Therapy this year.

    The course is being taught by the following faculty:

    • Sumathy Sundar, Director, CMTER
    • Baishali Mukherjee Part-time Faculty
    • Parin Parmar, Part-time Faculty
    • Bhuvaneswari Ramesh, Part-time Tutor
    • Kala Varathan, Full time Tutor
    Adjunct faculty drawn from other specialties, who handle the clinical foundations module
    • Sivaprakash B, Professor, Department of Psychiatry
    • Vellore Srinivasan AR, Professor, Department of Biochemistry
    • Srirangaraj S, Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology
    • Sobana Jaiganesh, Assistant Professor, Department of Physiology
    Uniqueness of the training program

    This is the only university-based professional music therapy training program offered from a medical college in India.

    Innovative and interdisciplinary course curriculum

    The course content includes chrono-biology, time theory of ragas; neonatology, gerontology; abnormal psychology; mind-body medicine and psychosomatic medicine, traditional healing practices; music psychology, autistic spectrum disorder, communicative musicality,  and so on, in the context of music therapy.

    Unique methods of learning

    The students learn to work with different methods such as providing active and passive musical experiences ranging from vocal improvisations, improvisations using melodic and rhythmic musical instruments, song-writing, relaxation techniques and providing participatory experiences by playing diverse musical instruments and drumming. They also learn different techniques within these broad methods and not merely the listening experience techniques.

    The students learn to provide customized therapeutic experiences to the clients. They also learn the difference between subjective healing practices and the objective scientific clinical music therapy practices which are observable and measurable.

    Student learning outcome

    Becoming skilled music therapists and also getting prepared to engage in higher studies in music therapy are the primary learning outcomes. The students begin their entry-level clinical practice by honing their clinical and music therapy skills and enhancing their personality in physical, psychological and spiritual dimensions. The students become reflective, and become sensitive to the aesthetic and therapeutic qualities of music. In addition, they develop a commitment to the subject of music and its therapeutic use and also engage in research activities during their masters degree course.

    Innovative teaching approach

    The course provides a structured and interactive learning environment through didactic and active experiential approaches through a multimedia platform, classroom role playing, interactions with patients, and analysis of actual clinical problems.

    Multidisciplinary teaching

    The teaching faculty include professionals drawn from various clinical and para-clinical specialites such as music therapy, musicology, psychology, psychiatry, microbiology, physiology, biochemistry etc.

    Hands-on experience

    The students gain hands-on clinical experience during internship/practicum opportunities through out the course. They interact with patients of all ages and also work in diverse clinical settings such as General Medicine, Psychiatry, Paediatrics, Cardiology etc. In addition, they work with patients in surgical and antenatal wards, transgender individuals and neonates.

    State-of-the-art research opportunities

    The students have an opportunity to participate in research involving diverse clinical populations and collaborate with the Central Inter-Disciplinary Research Facility (CIDRF) of SBV.

  • The following research clusters were formed from CMTER in collaboration with CIDRF and they operate to encourage all faculty and students of Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth to work collaboratively and engage in high-quality music therapy research.

    1. Traditional Music Healing Practices

    Aim: To objectify and create evidence for traditional healing practices to be integrated in clinical practice

    2. Interdisciplinary collaborations and Patient Outcomes

    Aim: to encourage and strengthen evidence by interdisciplinary collaborations to improve Quality of Life and Patient Outcomes

    3. Community Health and Well-being

    Aim: to create awareness and serve families and communities with music as a cultural resource and defense for health

    4. Mind Body Medicine

    Aim: to foster high-quality music therapy research on the influence of music on autoregulation, psychoneuroimmunology and psychoneuroendocrinology.

    5. Education and Professional Training

    Aim: to help students and faculty to learn and practice music therapy skills and to prepare them for teaching and research opportunities and make them global players.

    ONGOING RESEARCH PROJECTS
    1. Effect of Music Therapy On Fatigue And Anxiety Levels Of Patients Undergoing Hemodialysis Procedure.
    Principal investigator: Dr. Shobana Jaiganesh, Associate Professor, Dept. of Physiology,                Co investigators-Dr. Sumathy Sundar, Director,  CMTER; Dr. Hemachandar, Associate Professor, Department of Nephrology
    1. Does Distraction and Active Focus of Attention with Music Enhance Patient’s Comfort under Regional Anesthesia : A Randomized Controlled Trial.
    Principal Investigator: Dr. Hemanth Kumar, Professor, Dept of Anesthesia; Co- Investigators- Dr. Ravishankar, Professor, Department of Anesthesia; Dr. Sumathy Sundar, Director, CMTER; Dr. Balanehru Subramanian, Deputy director, CIDRF; Dr. Vellore A.R. Srinivasan, Professor, Department of Biochemistry; Dr. B. Sivaprakash, Professor., Department of Psychiatry.
    1. Vestibular Stimulation and Indian Hammock Versus Music Therapy in Prevention and Management of Infantile Colic in Term Infants: A Prospective Open Labeled Randomized Controlled Trial.
    Student investigator: - Dr. S Ravikumar, Dept. of Pediatrics; Guide: Dr D. Gunasekaran, Professor, Dept. of Pediatrics; Co Guides: Dr. Srinivasa Raghavan, Assistant Professor, Dept of Pediatrics; Dr.Sumathy Sundar, Director, CMTER.
    1. Effect of Music Listening on Hemodynamic Changes During Application of Erich’s Arch Bar: A Randomized Control Trial.
    Student investigator: - Dr.Rajkumar, MDS:Oral &Maxofacial Surgery; Guide: Dr.Yuvaraj.V MDS, Professor, Dept. of Oral &Maxofacial Surgery;  Co guide: Dr.Sumathy Sundar, Director, CMTER
    1. Effect of Music Therapy on Anxiety, Emotional Perception and Tolerability Levels of the Patients Posted for MRI Procedure.
    Student investigator: S. Prashanthi; Guide: Dr.Sumathy Sundar, Director, CMTER; Co Guides: Dr. B R Nagaraj, Professor, Department of Radiology and Dr. B. Sivaprakash, Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry.
    1. A Comparative Study of the Effect of Music and Yoga Interventions on Physiological and Psychological Parameters in Patients Posted for Angiogram.
    Student investigator– Samay Ajmera; Guide: Dr.Sumathy Sundar, Director, CMTER; Co- Guide: Dr.B.Amirtha Ganesh, Professor & Head, Dept Cardiology; Co guide – Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani, Deputy Director, CYTER; G. Dayanidy , lecturer, CYTER
    1. Study on the Effect of Music Therapy on Patients with Pre-Hypertension.
    Student investigator- Suguna Varadarajan; Guide: Dr.Sumathy Sundar, Director, CMTER; Co-guide –Dr.R. Jayasingh, Professor & Head ,Dept of Medicine
    1. Effect of music on the initiation of lactation and maternal breastfeeding satisfaction levels.
    Student investigator – Bhuvaneswari Ramesh; Guide: Dr.Sumathy Sundar, Director, CMTER; Co- guides: Dr. Seetesh Ghose , Professor & Head, Dept of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr. Gunasekaran D, Professor, Dept of Paediatrics,  Dr.B.Sivaprakash,  Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry
    1. Effect of Music Therapy on Patients with Psoriasis.Sumathy Sundar, Director, CMTER;, Dr. S. Ambujam, Professor, Dept. of Dermatology; and DR. S. Easwaran, Prof, Dept. of Psychiatry
    2. Evaluation of Maternal and Fetal Health with Music Therapy In- Utero.
    Principal Investigator: Dr.Sumathy Sundar, Director, CMTER; Co Investigators:  Dr. Seetesh Ghose , Professor, Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynecology; Dr. Balanehru Subramanian, Deputy Director, CIDRF
    1. Effect of Music, Imagery and Relaxation Training on Pain and Psycho-Physiological Parameters in Patients posted for Percutaneous Coronary interventions.
    Principal Investigator: Dr.Sumathy Sundar, Director, CMTER; Dr.Amirtha Ganesh, Professor & Head, Dept. of Cardiology; Dr.Maria Montserrat Gimeno, Associate professor, State University of New York at  New Paltz; Dr. B. Sivaprakash, Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry; Dr. Vellore A R Srinivasan, Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Bhuvaneswari Ramesh, Tutor, CMTER  

    COMPLETED RESEARCH PROJECTS
    1. A Study on the effect of Music Therapy on Labor Pain During first stage of Labor.
    Principal Investigator: Bhuvaneswari Ramesh, Tutor, CMTER; Guide: Dr. Sumathy Sundar, Director, CMTER; Co- Guide: Dr. Sunitha Samal, Professor, Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
    1. Various Modalities in Treatment of Tinnitus- A Comparative Study.
    Student Investigator: Dr. Shruthi Narayanam, Dept.of ENT; Guide: Dr. V. Nirmal Coumare, Professor, Department of ENT Co-Guide: Dr. P. Karthikeyan, Professor, Dept. of ENT; Co-Guide: Dr. Sumathy Sundar, Director, CMTER
    1. Effect of Music Listening on State Anxiety of Patients Undergoing Dermatosurgery Procedures under Local Anesthesia.
    Student Investigator: Dr D.Divya; Guide: Dr.S Ambujam, Professor, Dept. of Dermatology;  Co-Guide : Dr. Sumathy Sundar, Director, CMTER;  Dr. B. Siva Prakash, Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry.
    1. A Study on the Effect of Adjunct Music Listening on the Outcome of Depressive Disorders.
    Student Investigator: Karthik Balakrishnan; Guide: Dr. B.Siva Prakash, Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry; Co-Guide : Dr. Sumathy Sundar, Director, CMTER; Dr.Sukanto Sarkar, Associate professor, Dept. of Psychiatry  
  • International Conference/CME Proceedings
    1. 2nd International Conference on Music Therapy 23 06 2015
    2. 3rd International Conference on Music Therapy 16 02 2016
    3. 4th International Conference on Music Therapy 10 03 2017
    Book Chapter:
    1. Sundar, S. Music Therapy Education in India: Developmental Perspectives. In:Goodman K. (ed) Music Therapy Education and Training: Adapting to a Changing World. Charles C Thomas; 2015. Springfield, IL. 202-16
    Official Bulletin from CMTER published by SBV - The Harmony

    List of Research Publications from CMTER
    1. Vadlamudi H, Palanisamy S, Sundar S, Rajaramalingam, Dhandapani G, Karuppiah P. The Effectiveness of Music and Mother's Voice on Pain Reduction During Venepuncture in Neonates- A Randomized Control Trial. J. Adv. Res. 2017;5(2), 2575-2579
    2. Mathew D, Sundar S, Subramaniam E, Parmar PN. Music therapy as group singing improves Geriatric Depression Scale score and loneliness in institutionalized geriatric adults with mild depression: A randomized controlled study. International Journal of Educational and Psychological Researches. 2017 Jan 1;3(1):6.
    3. Sundar S, Parmar PN. Music therapy: Bridging traditional healing system and modern science. Ann.SBV, July-Dec 2016;5:33-35
    4. Sundar S, Parmar PN. Musico genetics: A new specialty on horizon. Ann. SBV, July-Dec 2016; 5 : 31-32
    5. Sumathy S, Parmar PN. Effect of a Single Musical Cakra Activation Manoeuvre on Body Temperature: An exploratory Study: Ancient Sci. Life 2016; 36:3-5.
    6. Sundar Sumathy, Durai Pavitra,Parmar Parin N. Indian classical music as receptive music therapy Improves Tridoshic balance and major Depression in a pregnant  International journal of Ayurveda and pharma research. 2016;4(9):8-11
    7. Parin PN, Sundar S. Music therapy in Neonatology: What is known and what is not known? Ann.SBV.2016;4(1):38-41
    8. Sundar S, Ramesh B, Varathan K. Live music therapy in waiting area of intensive care units: a novel concept for betterment of close relatives of ICU patients.International Journal of Research in Medical Sciences [Online], 4.3 (2016): 950-952. Web. 8 May. 2017
    9. Sundar S, Ramesh B, Dixit PB, Venkatesh S, Das P, Gunasekaran D. Live music therapy as an active focus of attention for pain and behavioral symptoms of distress during pediatric immunization. Clinical pediatrics. 2016 Jul;55(8):745-8.
    10. Sundar Sumathy, Srinivasan Vellore AR. International Conference on Music Therapy Proceedings Titled " Current Trends in Music Therapy Education and Research. Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth. International Journal of Pharma and Bio Sciences · October 2015.
    11. Sundar S, Ramesh B,Rajasekaran A. Effect Of Relaxing Music On Blood Pressure And Heart Rate In Hospitalized Pre-Hypertensive Women In 3rd Trimester Of Pregnancy: A Randomized Control Study. Asian Journal of Pharmaceutical and Clinical Research. 2015;8(5): 179-181
    12. Sobana R, Sundar S, Dixit P. A Study On The Effects Of Music Therapy In Patients Posted For Upper Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. In 2015 Apl:6(2): (B) 307-313.
    13. Sundar S. Understanding music therapy: Clearing misconceptions. Ann.SBV, Jan-June 2014, 3(1)
    14. Sobana R, Jaiganesh K, Kuzhandaivelu V,Vadivel S. A cross sectional Study on the Autonomic Modulations produced by music listening in anxious medical professionals. Journal of Pharmaceutical, Biological and Chemical Sciences. 2014; 5(3) : 2038
    15. Sobana R, Jaiganesh K, Barathi P. (May 2013) Role of Rag Ahir Bhairav as complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) on blood pressure in prehypertensive adults. Jour of Med Sc & Tech; 2(2); 66- 70
    16. Bharath P, Sobana J, Jaiganesh K,Ramesh R , Kuzhanndai Velu V. Prognosis in music therapy intervention is associated with emotional intelligence- Alexithymia spectrum. The antiseptic, 2013;(110)
    17. Sobana R, Jaiganesh K,Bharathi P. A Survey Of The Musical Preferences Of Young Adolescents Newly Admitted To The Medical School.J.Res.Com.Med .,2(1), 2013, 1 – 78
    18. Sobana R, Jaiganesh K,Bharathi P .A study on the relationship of music therapy and personality traits of neuroticism and agreeableness J.Res.Com.Med .,2(1), 2013, 1 – 78
    19. Bharathi P, Jaiganesh K , Sobana R , Parthasarathy S. Effect of the Indian Raga. Bageshri on the body temperature of cancer patients on chemotherapy. Int J Cur Sci Res. 2012; 2(1): 243-245
    20. Bharath P, Sobana J, Jaiganesh K, Parthasarathy S,  Vadivel S. Effect Of Rag Neelambari On Certain Physiological And Behavioral Parameters Of Preterm Infants. Asian Journal Of Paediatric Practice, Vol. 16, No. 2, 2012
    International Conference Presentations/Abstract Publications
    1. Sundar Sumathy. Music Therapy Clinical Practice and Research Perspectives: Indian Context.. Asian Confederation of Music Therapy. Taipei, Taiwan Nov. 18-20 2016 available at http://english.amtc.asia/speakers/dr-sumathy-sundar/
    2. Sundar Sumathy. Integrating cultural music therapy approaches with pregnant women in antenatal wards in a south Indian Hospital. 4th International Conference on Music and Medicine. Beijing, June 15, 2016. International Association for Music and Medicine available at http://iammchina.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/ABSTRACT-Sumathy-Sundar.pdf
    3. Sundar SCurrent Research Initiatives in Music Therapy at SBV. Proceedings of 3rd International Conference of Music Therapy. “Best Practised Models of Music Therapy Clinical Practice and Research. Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth, Pondicherry, India. 16 Feb. 2016. 29-35
    4. Sundar S. The role of traditions in the therapeutic relationship maintained by the therapist and the client during the music therapy process. “Best Practice Day in Music Therapy” The IMC University of Applied Sciences, Krems, Austria, Nov. 2015 available at http://www.bestpracticeday.at/fileadmin/download/Sumaty_Sundar_CV_Abstract.pdf
    5. Sundar S. The Science of music and music therapy. Key note address. International Conference on Science of music. Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam available at https://www.researchgate.net/publication/282218060_Key_Note_Address_The_Science_of_Music_and_Music_Therapy
    6. Sundar S. Understanding the evidence based practice of music therapy. Indo-Global Education Summit and Expo. 2014. Hyderabad. 11, Sep. 2014. Available at http://www.indus.org/healthcare/Secientific%20Sessions/Dr.%20Sumathy%20Sundar%20-%20Understanding%20Music%20Therapy%20as%20an%20evidence%20based%20approach,%20Clearing%20Misconceptions%20and%20experiencing%20therapeutic%20aspects%20of%20music.pdf
    7. Sundar S. Traditions and Cultural Diversity in Music Therapy. Spotlight speech. Proceedings of 14th World Congress of Music Therapy. The IMC University of Applied Sciences, Krems, Austria. July 7-12, 2014 available at http://www.musictherapy2014.org/fileadmin/download/Congress_Proceedings.pdf
    8. Sundar Sumathy. Music Therapy Training from West to East” Roundtable. Proceedings of 14th WFMT World Congress of Music Therapy. Vienna/Krems. Austria. July 7-12, 2014. 248-249  available at http://www.musictherapy2014.org/fileadmin/download/Congress_Proceedings.pdf
  • UPCOMING PROJECTS (RESEARCH PROPOSALS)

    • Effect of music therapy during pediatric nebulizer treatment.
    • Effect of music therapy on pain and anxiety during dental extraction.

    ACADEMIC PRESENTATIONS (NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL)

    CMTER faculty have been actively engaged in delivering presentations in national and international conferences/summits/seminars.

    • Dr. Sumathy Sundar delivered a lecture titled “Introducing Music Therapy as an evidence-based practice” at the Indo-Global Health Care Summit and Expo, organized by the Indian Medical Association and the Indus Foundation, at Hyderabad, India, from 20-06-2014 to 22-06-2014.
    • Dr. Sumathy Sundar delivered a spotlight speech on “Traditions and Cultural Diversity in Music Therapy” at the World Congress of Music Therapy, organized at Austria from 07-07-2014 to 12-07-2014.
    • Dr. Sumathy Sundar participated as a panellist in the session titled “Music Therapy Training from West to East”, at the World Congress of Music Therapy, organized at Austria from 07-07-2014 to 12-07-2014.
    • Dr. Sumathy Sundar delivered a lecture titled “Cultural Context in Music Therapy Education World Wide” (Round Table Speech) at the World Congress of Music Therapy, organized at Austria from 07-07-2014 to 12-07-2014.

    EVENTS AND WORKSHOPS

    Many experiential music therapy events have been organized by CMTER for diverse populations. The following is the list of events organized so far in 2014.

    1. Experiential program on drum circle for burnout among doctors, on 31-01-2014.
    2. Experiential program on stress management to hospital staff, on 16-02-2014.
    3. Participative anger management programme for transgender individuals, on 08-04-2014.
    4. Music and movement program during pediatric immunizations, on 17-09-2014.
    5. Therapeutic chanting and bhajans for pregnant women in antenatal OPD, on 18-09-2014.

    AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

    • Dr. Sumathy Sundar received the Music Therapy Advocacy Award from the World Federation of Music Therapy, in July 2014.
    • Dr. Sumathy Sundar received the Health Care Excellence award in Music Therapyat the Indo-Global Health Care Summit and Expo, organized by the Indian Medical Association and the Indus Foundation, at Hyderabad, India,in June 2014.
    • Dr. Sumathy Sundar received the National Educational Excellence Award in Music Therapyfrom the Global Achievers Foundation, New Delhi, in December 2013.
  • CALL FOR APPLICATIONS TO CLINICAL OBSERVERSHIP PROGRAM FROM INDIAN/OVERSEAS MUSIC THERAPY PROFESSIONALS/MUSIC THERAPY INTERNSHIP TRAINEES

    Aim: To provide an opportunity to music therapists from around the world to learn about the three-tiered music therapy program integrating professional training, patient care services and research and/or the hospital based music therapy culture in India. This program also helps an overseas music therapist to observe and interact closely with the practising clinical music therapists from Center for Music Therapy Education and Research and participate in the day to day clinical and educational activities of the Center without directly involving in patient care services. Eligibility for overseas applicants: Any international and professionally trained music therapist /an internship trainee from a university-based music therapy program who can make his/her own arrangements for visa as per the Indian Governmental regulations, accommodation and hospitality during the period of stay during the observership program.

    Fees: Non-refundable fee of 250 US dollars per month.

    Eligibility for applicants from India: Any trained music therapist/music therapy student/allied health care professionals interested in using music as medicine.

    Fees: Non-refundable fee of Rs.15000/- per month

    Period of Observership: Generally from one to two months and also applications processed on a case to case basis, if more time is needed

    Application procedure: contact Dr. Sumathy Sundar at musictherapy@mgmcri.ac.in for further details

  • The following are the current core faculty and adjunct faculty from different specialties.

    Core Faculty
    • Dr. Sumathy Sundar, Director, CMTER
    • Mrs. Bhuvaneswari Ramesh, Full-time Tutor
    Adjunct faculty
    • Dr. Baishali Mukherjee, Part-time Faculty
    • Dr. Parin Parmar, Part-time Faculty
     Support Faculty from MGMC&RI drawn from other specialties, who handle the clinical foundation's module
    • Dr.Sivaprakash B, Professor, Department of Psychiatry
    • Dr. Vellore Srinivasan AR, Professor, Department of Biochemistry
    • Dr. Srirangaraj S, Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology
    • Dr.Sobana Jaiganesh, Assistant Professor, Department of Physiology