Pat Moffitt Cook, PhD, is the founder and director of the Open Ear Center originally in Washington State (1994-2011) in Santa Fe, New Mexico 2012-2021. Now a return to the Northwest Coast in underway for Summer of 2022.
She received her Bachelor of Arts from Sarah Lawrence College in New York and was awarded the Meadows School of Arts Endowed Chair for her Masters in Music Composition at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Her doctoral work at the University of Washington in Seattle, synthesized ethnomusicology, systematic musicology and music education. Cook 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. She is a Cross-Cultural Musical Healing Practitioner and senior trainer for the Open Ear Center.
For over 40 years, Pat has traveled throughout the world recording and participating in musical 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 near Varanasi, India for over a decade. She leads groups to India and parts of Asia each year.
Pat is a certified teacher of Vedic Chant by the Krishnamacharya Healing and Yoga Foundation (KHYF) and a certified teacher in Vedic Healing Chant by the Krishnamacharya Yoga Madarim (KYM), both institutions are in Chennai, India. Cook is a certified Yoga Teacher by the Svastha Yoga Institute. She travels extensively each year for research into musical and sound therapies, yoga, meditation practices and to enhance her personal practice in sacred sound.
Dr. Cook 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, music and imagery, and on indigenous musical healing traditions. She has been on the faculty of California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco (CIIS) and California Institute for Human Science (CIHS) and currently in New York Open Center's (NYOC) Sound and Music Healing certificate programs. Pat leads ongoing international cultural travel tours, facilitates workshops and designs and teaches professional training programs throughout the year. Pat facilitates an international program (now in it's 24th year) entitled - The Spiritual Health through Sound & Music Institute. The institute focuses on sound sciences, toning, chant, healing, and sacred world music.
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 for publication in early 2023..
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by Pat Moffitt Cook, PhD