The David Ott Lab for Music and Health

The newly redesigned David Ott Lab for Music and Health is an innovative space for research and education on the role of digital music technologies in the promotion of human wellbeing in its various forms. The Lab is equipped with current digital music technologies and serves as a resource for students, music therapists, and other members of the community to learn about the role of digital music in health-promoting practice and research.

Lab equipment includes:

  1. A recording studio equipped with Logic Pro X, Ableton Live Suite10, Arcade by Output, Splice, Ableton Push 2, MOTU UltraLite mk4  interface, Korg microKey and nanoKey Studio, and recording microphones.
  2. A beat-making station equipped with the latest drum machines, samplers, and synthesizers from Korg (Volca series, electribe series, kaossilator 2) and Akai (MPC Live).
  3. A DJ station with Pioneer controllers and Serato software.
  4. A portable recording studio with the latest mobile recording software and digital music applications including iPad Pro, IK multimedia iRig Pro Duo Studio Suite with MIDI keyboard.

These four stations can be configured in a variety of ways allowing for new discoveries into health affordances of digital technology.

The David Ott Lab for Music and Health will provide our community a space to innovate new research methodologies and discover new health-promoting applications of digital technology in music therapy. It also provides an educational space for current students to learn about advanced methods of clinical practice using digital technologies.

Current and Upcoming Projects:

  1. Entering the Ambient: Music Therapists’ Experience with Group Improvisations using Digital Technology: Dr. Michael Viega, Ph.D., MT-BC, LCAT; Victoria Druziako, MA, MT-BC, LCAT; Josh Millrod, MA, MT-BC, LCAT; Al Hoberman, MA, MT-BC, LCAT; Dr. Brian Abrams, Ph.D., MT-BC, LCAT
  2. Remixing Pivotal Moments in Music Therapy: Dr. Michael Viega, Ph.D., MT-BC; C’airra Cotte and Claudia Orozco (Undergraduate Music Therapy, MSU). Pending funding and IRB approval.
  3. Exploring the Validity of Creating a Digital Music Application Pain Profile (DMAPP) for Use in the Assessment of Chronic Pain: Drs. Michael Viega and Brian Abrams (Music Therapy, John J. Cali School of Music, CART), Dr. Rachel Lyons (School of Nursing), Dr. Julian Keenan (Biology), and Dr. VJ Manzo (Music Technology, Worchester Polytechnic Institute).Pending funding and IRB approval.

Upcoming Presentations Related to The David Ott Lab for Music and Health

Mid-Atlantic Region of the American Music Therapy Association Conference: March 19-21, Cambridge, MD

  1. Entering the Ambient: Music Therapists’ Experience with Group Improvisations using Digital Technology: Michael Viega, Ph.D., MT-BC, LCAT Victoria Druziako, MA, MT-BC, LCAT Josh Millrod, MA, MT-BC, LCAT Al Hoberman, MA, MT-BC, LCAT Brian Abrams, Ph.D., MT-BC, LCAT
  2. Understanding Transgenerational Trauma and Grief Through Digitally Remixing Music of the Holocaust: Brian Abrams, Ph.D., MT-BC, LCAT Michael Viega, Ph.D., MT-BC, LCAT

16th World Congress of Music Therapy, University of Pretoria, South Africa.

  1. The Politics of Noise: Digital Music Cultures and Identities in Music Therapy: Dr. Michael Viega, Ph.D., LCAT, MT-BC and Dr. Alexander Crooke (Australia)
  2. Arts-based Research Spotlight Presentation: Dr. Michael Viega, Ph.D., LCAT, MT-BC
  3. Understanding Transgenerational Trauma and Grief Through Digitally Remixing Music of the Holocaust: Brian Abrams, Ph.D., MT-BC, LCAT Michael Viega, Ph.D., MT-BC, LCAT