Thanks To Scandinavia and The Louis Armstrong Department of Music Therapy at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center have partnered to create the Louis Armstrong Thanks To Scandinavia Training Program in Music and Medicine. This program provides training to music therapy scholars from the Scandinavian countries with the aim of enhancing clinical training, theoretical knowledge, research toward the development of multi-cultural understanding of music therapy practices in a medical context.

The goal of the program is for scholars to:

  1. Develop a comprehensive understanding of Medical Music Psychotherapy in theory and practice.
  2. Increase their capacity to build medical music therapy training models within academic training programs.
  3. Build an intra and inter network-based community of researchers and practitioners.
  4. Develop resources to implement Medical Music Therapy programs in Scandinavian countries.
  5. Develop and exchange research, documentation and activities models in Medical Music Therapy.

This program takes place each year for two weeks in July or August. The program provides for the cost of airfare to New York, housing, and training.

To apply, applicants must meet the following the requirements:

  • Enrolled in a PhD level program, post-PhD program, or in Master’s program and have a minimum of 2 years professional experience
  • Have teaching or lecture experience
  • Demonstrate a specific incentive for learning

A Certificate of Scholar training will be awarded once the following are completed:

  • Within one month of the student’s return home:
    • Submit a 5 page written report to the Louis Armstrong Thanks to Scandinavia Scholar Program indicating what was presented during the training as well as what was learned.
  • Within one year, the scholar will submit evidence of at least one of the following:
    • Clinical Program Development-Lecture series including contacts to local hospitals and clinics
    • University Program Development including contributions to course or curriculum development
    • An article or research publication in music therapy or medical, social journal

**All developments and publications should reference “The Louis Armstrong Thanks to Scandinavia Music Therapy Scholars Program.”

To apply, please complete the application in English. Applications will not be considered complete until all materials have been received. Applications are due by April 1st.

Please contact Joanne V. Loewy, Director, The Louis Armstrong Center for Music & Medicine at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, at with any questions.

Read an interview with Joanne Loewy here.

About The Louis and Lucille Armstrong Music Therapy Department at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center: 

The music therapists of the Louis & Lucille Armstrong Music Therapy Department conduct daily sessions with patients in many areas of the hospital: NICU, Pediatrics, Family Medicine, Maternity, Oncology, Respiratory Step Down, ICU’s, Peter Kruger Clinic, Orthopedics, Hospice, Pain Medicine and Palliative Care and Radiation Oncology. The Louis Armstrong Center for Music & Medicine opened in 2005 and serves the unique health care needs of musicians and performing artists, linking performance-related ailments to medical and clinical music therapy services. The center is proud to host a medical director, a team of music therapists and specialized doctors who can attend to the physical and emotional needs of the musician and performing artist. The clinic also serves children with developmental delays such as PDD, ADHD and autism and teens that have depression. Music therapists at the clinic also treat adults who have Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s disease or those who are post stroke. Additionally, the center serves people who are at any and all stages of cancer. The center uses music to address symptoms such as nausea and ‘chemo-brain’ and/or anxiety and depression that can accompany cancer treatment.