Berklee Music Therapy Hack

Berklee and hack/reduce will cohost this first-of-a-kind event March 28-29, 2014, creating a space for hackers to develop tools for music therapists to use in a variety of therapeutic and healthcare settings. The hack begins at 3 p.m. on Friday, March 28, and extends until the evening of the following day. Sponsors will help shape the Berklee Music Therapy Hack and provide tools and resources for developers. Practicing music therapists and music therapy students will present the developers with problems to be solved in real-life settings.

A natural outgrowth of the music therapy technology initiative and annual symposia at Berklee, the hack is designed to engage the Berklee community, local hackers, and others who work in music therapy and technology. Programmers, engineers, and designers will work through the night creating new tools to make music creation and engagement more accessible to all. On the afternoon of the second day, teams will demo their products to an audience and prizes will be awarded to the best hacks.

Berklee Music Therapy HackA panel of expert judges in fields of music therapy and technology will judge and select prize-winning hacks. The goal is to leave the event with new technologies that will be used in music therapy settings as quickly as possible. "These tools can help us discover everyone's musical creativity and essence, no matter the ability or disability," says Suzanne Hanser, chair of Berklee's Music Therapy Department. Such new developments, she says, pave the way not only for musical experiences but potentially for growth in speech, motor, social, and other functions.

Registration is free and open to all.


Friday, March 28, 2014 – Saturday, March 29, 2014


275 3rd Street
Cambridge, MA 02142hack/reduce


To catalyze technological innovation, inspire ideas, and solve the problems of music therapy.




Mattina Proctor Foundation (lead sponsor)

American Music Therapy Association American Music Therapy Association


Gracenote (API)Gracenote

7digital (API)7digital

Spotify (API)Spotify


Berklee sponsors


Professional Education Division

Music Therapy Department

Assistive Technology Lab for Blind/Visually Impaired Students

Professional Music Department

Electronic Production and Design Department, and members of the PULSE team.

More sponsors will be announced soon, as will the event schedule, the panel of judges, and other details.