Sound Health

In the mid 1980's Dr. Bartel began research on people's response to music with special focus on emotional and intellectual response and social psychological connections. His involvement in research in music and medicine began in the early 90's at Bloorview Kid's Rehab on a team researching rehabilitation of attention deficits resulting from head injuries. He also conducted stress studies with the Centre for Health Promotion at U of T and has supervised doctoral and post-doctoral research in music therapy at Lyndhurst Hospital, Baycrest Hospital, Mt Sinai Hospital, University Health Network, and Baycrest Health. Dr. Bartel has served on the Accreditation Review Board for the Canadian Association of Music Therapy. He has conducted studies examining EEG response to music at the S.O.N.I.C. Brain Lab at the U of T and was actively involved at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto in perceptual ability diagnosis and music response research with cochlear implant recipients. Drawing on his extensive research background, Dr. Bartel was the scientific designer of the internationally bestselling Music for Your Health series of recordings on the Solitudes label as well as the SonicAid series with Somerset Entertainment. Among the 25 therapy recordings Dr. Bartel has designed a number of gold and platinum albums and Juno Award nominations. Most recently he has focused on the effect of rhythmic sound as brain stimulant with particular attention to the effect of gamma stimulus on Alzheimer's at Baycrest, Fibromyalgia and Ehlers Danlos Syndrome at Mt Sinai Hospital, Major Depression at University Health Network hospitals, and Cardiac Rehab at Toronto Rehab.