In 2015 the Center for Music Therapy, based in Austin, Texas, launched a project called the Movement Tracks Project (MTP) to pilot the merging of biotechnologies with what Founder Hope Young, MT-BC filed proprietary patent protections on what is now known as ™Biomedical Music.
By 2017, the MTP team successfully partnered and went to market with Biodex Medical System’s GT3 (Gait Trainer 3) , a leading instrumented treadmill training system used in rehabilitation hospitals and clinics around the world. The biofeedback which patients use during their gait training has been updated to include a new audio option of ™Biomedical Music, proven in published studies to increase brain activation which improves the patient’s balance and walking faster and better than traditional biofeedback and physical therapy.
In 2018, Founder Hope Young, MT-BC formed Biomedical Music Solutions, Inc. which is a Delaware C Corp. Her two companies The Center for Music Therapy, Inc. and Biomedical Music Solutions, Inc. are two separate companies yet they continue to be key partners in research, development and user experience input to make greater impact in the prevention of falls by improving users walking and mobility.
SXSW 2017 Panel – Movement Tracks: Where Biotech and Music Converge. You can watch the full presentation here.
Hope Young – Founder/Executive Producer/CEO
Hope Young, MT-BC, is founder and President of the Center for Music Therapy, Inc. and CEO, Biomedical Music Solutions, Inc. in Austin, Texas as well as Founder of Soundwell Austin (501c3). Ms. Young is a leading innovator and driving force behind the concept and development of a music and biotechnology sector in Texas. She speaks and consults nationally and internationally on music therapy and technology. She can be found on television, radio, and in print media having been featured on such programs as the BBC and CBS 48 Hours with Dan Rather, educating the public about music therapy and promoting music's integration in biotech.
Stephen Bartlett – Lead Engineer
An Australian music producer and engineer with 7 top ten records and charting records in18 countries, Stephen is also the CEO and Co-Founder of The Audio Hunt, and the lead engineer and producer on the Movement Tracks Project, which explores the cutting edge of recorded music therapy development and interfaces for patients with acute Parkinson's Disease and Cerebral Palsy. If he's not in the studio, or working at The Audio Hunt, you'll likely find him with friends on a bike, climbing a cliff, or enjoying fine food, wine, whiskey and cocktails.
Emily Morris – Lead Music Therapist
Emily is the lead music therapist at the Center for Music Therapy. She works with all our diverse clients and programs. Emily has a strong passion for working with older adults. Her heart and music have a special affinity for creating pathways for person's with dementia to recall their life and create a special place for them to be with others, sharing moments once thought lost. Emily studied Music Therapy at Florida State University, graduated in 2011, and served her internship at Big Bend Hospice in Tallahassee, Florida. She is a board certified-music therapist.
Andrew Gonzales – Video Producer
Andrew Gonzales is Creative Digital Director and Producer at Digestible Media, with over ten years of experience offering diverse event management and marketing skills. Notable projects include: Univision, Absolut Vodka, Mike’s Harder Lemonade, TEDx, Stuff The Bus, San Antonio Center City Development, CENTRO San Antonio, House our Heros, Center for Health Care Services, The Center for Music Therapy, San Antonio Better Blocks, The Austin Chronicle Special Events, Fun Fun Fun Fest, SXSW, The Irons Austin, 98.5 The Beat, The Learning Channel, Discovery Channel, ESPN
Cassie Shankman – Lead Composer
Cassie Shankman is an Austin-based composer/orchestrator, pianist and DJ (Cass&Ra). As a composer and orchestrator, she has been recognized for her work with film, visual artists, chamber groups, wind ensembles, apps, musicals, and music therapy technology. As a performer and DJ, she's played with legendary musicians such as jazz trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, and DEVO's frontman Mark Mothersbaugh, and has DJ'd for audiences of 3,000+ people. As a proponent for music education, Cassie is the co-founder and head of marketing for Picardy Learning, an interactive platform for developing theory and musicianship skills.
Kristen Barta – Lead Physical Therapist / Researcher
In 2008 she completed her Doctor in Physical Therapy from Boston University with a focus on education for her final comprehensive project. Since completion of her DPT, she has become Board Certified in Neurological Physical Therapy and successfully completed her certification in Vestibular Rehabilitation through Emory University and the American Physical Therapy Association. Currently she is working on her PhD in Physical Therapy from Texas Woman’s University. Her area of research will focus on balance, mobility and quality of life in the geriatric population.
Our BMS Leadership Team: Hope Young, Founder/CEO,Fractional Executive Team: Rich Warwick, COO/CTO; Ed Valdez, CMO; Deborah Dougherty, CFO.
Audio Advisors to MTP: Malcolm Harper, ReelSound Recording; Rupert Neve, Neve Designs.
Musicians/Assistants for Project: Michael Mordecai, Niamh Fahy, Sean Bailey, Jessica Fagre-Perry, Jacque Brown, Sabrina Grounds, Heather Wagner Reed,Quincy Jackson,Cory Fica.
Special Thanks to: Bismeaux Studios: Tyler Merriman, Steve Mesur, Ray Benson, Blue Rock Studio’s, TX and Premier Studios, NY