The Sound and Music Institute (SMI) was established in 2007 to respond to a societal need to legitimize, codify, and advance the emergent field of sound therapy.
At that time, it had become evident that the field of Sound and Music therapy had been making significant advances in the realm of healing and health in both alternative and conventional health care.
In addition to its use in alternative health care, sound therapy was beginning to be practiced in conventional health care settings as practitioners became increasingly aware of its profound impact on health and well-being.
However, one of the challenges at that time was the lack of training opportunities in the field. There was no formalized center of study for health care practitioners to pursue serious work in the field. It was at this fertile time that the concept of the Sound and Music Institute was conceived.
Since the New York Open Center was considering evolving its educational format to include longer term trainings at that time, it became evident that Sound and Music therapy was an obvious choice to test the ground of advanced trainings.
It was at this point that Tom Valente, program advisor to the Open Center, and Thomas Amelio began planning the development of the institute.
Tom Valente approached Don Campbell, PhD, one of the foremost authorities in the field of sound therapy, and Dr. Arthur Harvey, educator and sound pioneer with the vision of creating a school for professionals as well as the general public, which was focused on the deep study of sound’s impact on healing and health.
Our mission was to be the nation’s most comprehensive and diverse school for the study of sound and healing. Our unique training system emphasized a holistic and intercultural approach to sound and music healing drawing from a broad range of contemporary and indigenous healing systems.
After much planning, the school was launched and soon became the training ground that the Open Center had envisioned. Since that time, the Sound and Music Institute has become one of the nation’s most comprehensive and diverse sound and music training programs.
To date, SMI has graduated over 250 students to its annual 120-hour Integrative Sound and Music Certificate Program. Currently, we are planning to expand the program to two cohorts each year. Additional planning includes the development of an online program. The primary function of the online program will be to allow students both nationally and internationally to enroll in the program. The online program will help expand the program by offering it to students who are unable to spend one weekend a month in New York City.