IT Visionary

Combining Music and Information Technology (IT)

Martha was pursuing her bachelor’s degree from the Hartt School of Music in the early 1980's when IBM recruiters came to the school actively looking looking for music students to help program mainframes computers. There was a huge need for IT professionals, but without having formal college computer degree program developed at that point, large companies were looking for persons with aptitude appropriate for computer development to be able to step in and fill the void. A study had just been completed showing that musicians ranked extremely high in these aptitudes, in second-place only to authors of children's stories having the right aptitudes for developing computer programs.

Martha spent close to two decades in professional IT development (see IT resumé below) before leaving the corporate world to step full time back to the music world. She uses her IT experience for envisioning projects to automate biomedcal music protocols to help those with motor, speech, and cognition challenges.

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Automation potential

Musical Attention Control Training (MACT)

Music therapy protocols were originally based on social science, but with the advent of brain-imaging technologies such as EEG and fMRI in the 1990's, music therapy protocols made the jump from social science to neuroscience. MACT is a Neurologic Music Therapy technique that involves structured active or receptive musical exercises, using pre-composed performance or improvisation, in which musical elements cue different musical responses in order to practice sustained, selective, divided, and alternating attention functions. Martha co-authored an article in 2005 that was published in the Computing Sciences in Colleges journal that shows the viability of such automation.

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