Think how many times you have heard someone say, “It’s only music” or “music doesn’t make you do anything you don’t want to.” For those that actualy believe music has no effect on your mood, behavior, or health, The Sync Project is out to prove you wrong. I could go a bit deeper on this but for right now let’s keep the focus on the project at hand.
The Sync Project™, a global collaboration harnessing the scientific potential of music for health, announced a collaborative partnership with Berklee’s Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship (BerkleeICE). The partnership will center on collaboration on original research, joint course development and an internship program. As a first step in the collaboration, The Sync Project and BerkleeICE are exploring the launch of a course on “Music as Medicine” in the 2015-2016 academic year.
The course will focus on the recent advances in our understanding of the neuroscience of music and the use of music as medicine. Students will learn about how music affects different neural pathways and physiology and apply practical learning to the clinical applications of music in managing or treating different health conditions, including applications in performance, sleep and anxiety.
“Music can be a catalyst for new disruptive ideas to emerge, whether those ideas are applied to the creative music space or whether those ideas are exported into other fields, like health,” said Panos Panay, Founding Managing Director of Berklee’s Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship. “The Sync Project’s rigorous focus on the leading science of the neurological and health impacts of music, makes them a perfect partner.”
The Sync Project, a PureTech startup, is building a platform to scientifically measure and harness music to improve health. The platform maps music characteristics to real-time biometrics and objective measurements of physiology, enabling the study of the therapeutic effect of music at scale in large populations.
“The Sync Project’s mission is to bring together the scientists, technologists, clinicians and musicians of the world to help accelerate the discovery of the clinical applications of music,” said PureTech CEO and Sync Project Co-founder, Daphne Zohar. “With this collaboration, we hope to engage and inspire the next generation of musicians to help us advance the field of music as medicine.”