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Cambridge Institute for
Music Therapy Research

We are a world-class, interdisciplinary research institute dedicated to advancing the understanding of music therapy and its ability to affect positive change on health and human wellbeing.


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Our research

  • Healthy ageing and dementia

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    Healthy ageing and dementia

    Investigating the effects of music therapy intervention for children and adults in neurorehabilitation after brain injury, and for people with dementia.

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  • Mental health

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    Mental health

    Breakthrough research on the influence of music therapy practice for young people and adults with a range of emotional challenges and mental illness.

    Read about mental health research

  • Neuroscience of music therapy

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    Neuroscience of music therapy

    Neuroscientific research inquiry into the impact of music therapy on cognition processes, emotion, memory and brain development.

    Read about music and the brain research

  • Children, young people and families

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    Children, young people and families

    Exploring the clinical value of music-focused approaches to working with children with autism spectrum disorder and their families.

    Read about autism spectrum disorder research

  • Our impact

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    Our impact

    Find out how our research enhances the social, economic, and cultural impact of music therapy research in the UK and internationally.

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Opportunities with CIMTR

Become a donor

The Music Therapy Research Appeal

Study music therapy

MA and PhD


Take part in dementia research

Music Therapy Clinic

Expand your practice

Co-designed research

Joint research partnerships

Our partners

The Queen's Anniversary Prize for our music therapy research

Our world-leading music therapy work, in particular our focus on the wellbeing of people living with dementia, earned The Queen’s Anniversary Prize in 2021. These prizes are the highest national honour in higher and further education. They recognise outstanding work that shows the highest levels of quality and innovation and delivers significant public benefit.

Find out more about this prize