The Institute for Music and Neurologic Function (IMNF) is collaborating with a number of organizations to expand its outreach to bring music and its benefits to more people.

The IMNF enters into partnerships that are dedicated to bringing beneficial music programs to the community.

Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall

The Institute for Music and Neurologic Function has embarked on a collaboration with the renowned Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall, providing advice and guidance to lead therapeutic musical experiences and explore the effectiveness of live music in helping to improve people’s physical and emotional well being. The Weill Music Institute creates music education programs, playing a central role in Carnegie Hall’s commitment to making great music accessible to as many people as possible. Launched as part of Carnegie Hall’s 2009-2010 season, a new project called Musical Connections brings diverse musical experiences to residents of New York City hospitals, hospices, shelters, prisons, nursing homes and senior centers. By providing access to live music, the Musical Connections pilot program aims to address the needs of people dealing with challenging circumstances.

Lautreamont Concert Series

The Lautreamont Concert Series involves community chamber music performances in New York City, which will be presented together with collaborative lectures that include representatives from the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function. The lectures, which will focus on the effects of music on the brain’s function and emotional responses, will raise awareness and visibility for the IMNF. The program will include performances in CenterLight Health System facilities.

Aspen Music Peace Project

The Institute for Music and Neurologic Function is working with the Aspen Music Festival and School’s Aspen Music Peace Project to promote peace, compassion and healing through the unifying power of music. The goal is to help young musicians use their gifts and training to extend the music festival’s commitment to community service. Dr. Tomaino spoke at the 2009 conference on “Using Music to Rewire the Brain.”

The Rubin Foundation/Well-Tuned™: Music Players for Health Program

The Institute for Music and Neurologic Function received a multi-year grant for its successful Well–Tuned: Music Players for Health Program.

SUNY Purchase College/IMNF Annual Music & Mind Symposium

The Institute for Music and Neurologic Function partners with SUNY Purchase College to produce the one-day annual symposium that gathers world-renowned scientists and practitioners of rehabilitative therapies with a focus on music therapy and neuroscience as it relates to music and the brain. This event brings together most recent cutting-edge developments in neuroscience research; traditional rehabilitative therapies such as physical, speech and occupational therapy; music therapy; clinical neurology; and cognitive science.

Rhythm for Movement and Motivation

The Institute for Music and Neurologic Function is working with BioRythms, a cutting-edge innovator of audio/biofeedback devices, on a venture to advance technology to help people with Parkinson’s Disease and other movement disorders.

For more information on collaborations with the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function, please call 718- 519-5840 or email

The power of music is not only evidenced through comprehensive music therapy programs, but also by bringing music, which can heal, bring people closer, provide solace and encourage collaboration, to the community at large.

Concetta M. Tomaino, DA, MT-BC, LCAT, Executive Director/Co-Founder, IMNF