Pat Moffitt Cook, PhD is the founder and director of the Open Ear Center since 1994. She is an early pioneer in the research and education of cross-cultural sound and music in healthcare, wellness and education. Her research in crosscultural musical healing paralleled with extensive training and certification in auditory stimulation and sensory integration methods including the Tomatis Method and the Listening Fitness Program (LiFT) and in cross-cultural methods using sound and music-evoked imagery for healing technologies from Southeast Asia and India. Pat is certified in the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (GIM) and a Fellow of the Association of Music and Imagery (FAMI) in the United States. Her doctoral work at the University of Washington in Seattle, synthesized anthropology, ethnomusicology, systematic musicology and music eduction. She is a Cross-Cultural Musical Healing Practitioner (CCMHP) and senior trainer for the Open Ear Center.
For over 35 years, Pat has traveled throughout the world recording and participating in musical healing rituals and the daily life of other cultures. She studied six and half years with a Chinese/Indonesian grand master of martial and healing arts in Indonesia and the United States. Afterwards, Cook researched, studied with and practiced, musical healing with a North Indian Hindu village healer in India for over a decade. Pat travels extensively each year for professional research into sound and musical healing methods and to enhance her personal practice in sacred sound which includes, Christian, Buddhist, Hindu and Vedic Chant.
Pat is a teacher, consultant, clinician and author. She presents internationally at university, medical, music and sound therapy conferences in applications of sound technology, auditory stimulation methods, music and imagery in psycho therapy, and on indigenous musical healing traditions. She is on the faculty of the Center for Integral Studies (CIIS) and New York Open Center’s (NYOC) Sound and Music Healing certificate programs and an active consultant. Pat leads ongoing international cultural travel tours, facilitates workshops and designs and teaches professional training programs throughout the year. Students completing the Open Ear Center’s two year Crosscultural Sound and Music in Healing program and pass testing are awarded a certificate of completion.
In addition to published articles and book chapters, Pat is the author and producer of the book and CD entitled Music Healers of Indigenous Cultures: Shaman, Jhankri and Nele (Ellipsis Arts; Open Ear Press), Brainwave Symphony 4-CDset (Relaxation Company) and Rencontre avec des guerusseurs par le son dans les cultures traditionnelles. Paris: Guy TREDANIEL, (livre + CD). Cook is currently working on a new book due for publication in Fall 2016.
Open Ear Center: www.openearcenter.com