How to Join in the Movement

Parkinson's – Synch Up Your Step

($50 VISA gift card for participating!)

Usability and impact of a new music therapy program on walking, muscular activation, and self-perception in individuals with Parkinson's Disease: The SOAR Process.

The purpose of the study is to determine how well physical therapists are able to use a customized music program to improve the walking of people with Parkinson's disease and its affect on walking.

What is involved to participate?

  • Diagnosis of Parkinson's disease
  • Completion of two sessions on separate days to assess your walking and muscle activity while using the customized musical piece
  • Completion of an interview with the physical therapist at the end
  • Free assessment of your walking before and after each session


Kristen Barta, PT, DPT, NCS / / 512-394-9766 (ext 3141)

Hope Young, MT-BC / / 512-472-5016


Composer Laboratory

Composer Laboratory is a way to get the musical community of Austin, and beyond, together to work on collaborative compositions. The ideas that are created in the Composer Laboratory are then taken into research to test out with patients before finalizing them and recording for tracks. 

If you'd like to participate, please contact Cassie Shankman at Include what instruments you'll be bringing, playing, or what other kind of involvement you'll contributing during the session.