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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.


Keep up to date with our latest news and research by visiting CIMTR's Facebook page, following @cimtr_aru on Twitter and subscribing to CIMTR's YouTube channel. You can also sign up for our monthly newsletter.

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About us

Find out more about CIMTR's mission and researchers, and read our latest news.

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Our impact

Our world-leading research reaches across health and social care settings, as well as the creative industries and voluntary sector.

Our impact REF2021 case study: Changing the lives of people living with dementia and their families REF2021 case study: Improving music therapy for autistic children and their families

Our research

Mental health
Older people, dementia and stroke
Music and the brain
Autism spectrum disorder
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Work with us

We offer postgraduate and CPD courses, and hire out facilities in our clinic to music therapists looking to expand their practice into Cambridge. We're also on the lookout for people with dementia and their caregivers to take part in our Homeside study.

Study on our music therapy MA, PhD or CPD programmes Take part in our Homeside dementia research Hire music therapy facilities in our clinic
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Support our work

Help us continue to transform the lives of children and adults through our world-leading work by donating a single or regular gift to our Music Therapy Appeal.

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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 the Queen's Anniversary prize

Our partners

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