About Us.

The Musical Universe project was created by Dr. David M. Greenberg with the aim to advance scientific knowledge about the impact of music on people and society.

Improving Health and Wellbeing.

We also work with organizations in the shared mission to enhance lives through music.

Our insights and analysis have helped to advance services and products in technology, educational, and medical spheres. Listed to the right are two projects we conducted in the past year (pro bono). 

If you are an organization interested in our expertise, please click here

In 2018, we conducted a research trial of the Composure’s Prelude App. Composure is an audio-visual technology company aimed at increasing calm and focus. Our trial showed that Prelude (WebXR technology) reduces stress in less than five minutes. You can read the report here, and check out their #communityofcalm program that serves trauma victims, first responders, and veterans. 

In 2018, we began a research study on Rock to the Future: a non-for-profit that provides free music programs for youth in underserved Philadelphia neighborhoods. Through music, Rock to the Future programs ignite passion and creativity, support academic achievement, and improve self-esteem in an inclusive and positive environment.

Contributions to Science.

Research teams from top institutions including Cambridge University, Columbia University, and Oxford University, have used data from Musical Universe to advance knowledge within and outside the field of music. 

Latest Published Articles

Advancing understanding about autism

Data from Musical Universe helped to advance the understanding of factors linked to autism. Published in 2018 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Understanding human perception of music

Data from Musical Universe showed that computer ratings of mood features from music match the human perception of them. Published in 2018 in the Journal of Research in Personality.

Donate Now.

Please consider contributing to one of two research projects that are changing lives around the world.

Autism Research Trust

The Autism Research Trust funds research at the Autism Research Centre at the University of Cambridge. The Centre conducts research on interventions in autism, including music. Donate with the link below and specify in the comments sections that you want your donation to go towards music studies.  

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Jerusalem Youth Chorus

Researchers at Bar-Ilan University are raising $15,000 to conduct phase 1 of a study of on the Jerusalem Youth Chorus. Over several years, the Chorus has brought together 120 Arab and Israeli singers to bridge cultural conflict. The study will test how the chorus changes stereotypes and group-bonding.