The Jerusalem Institute of Contemporary Music is currently engaging in the following research:
1) Enhancing Life of the Aged Through Music. Embodied in this initiative is expansion of current research into music’s impact on the lives of middle to advanced Alzheimer’s patients in Israel. Focus is on developing personal “playlists” (both recorded and live), as well as verbal and non-verbal modes of communication. The project is realized by a core of TEN researchers, including musicians, psychologists, social workers, music therapists, and cognitive musicologists. The project is supported through a grant by the Abraham and Sonia Rochlin Foundation (USA).
2) Music Education and Youth at Risk. Embodied in this initiative is expansion of Dr. Stephen Horenstein’s methodologies in projects throughout Israel, through what he calls the “holistic ensemble”. The “holistic ensemble” becomes a “family” for many youth who may feel isolated, alienated, and lack self-esteem. Through rigorous musical study, the youth achieve success, together, both individually and members of a community. New generation young adults are trained in these techniques, and subsequently teach throughout Israel.
3) The Effect of a Robust Music Program on School Milieu. Continuation of research conducted under the auspices of the Israel Ministry of Education, through Hebrew University; the research demonstrates music’s impact on general wellness and acquired habits within a school context (formal education).
4) New Interactions between Electronics, Computer and the Performer, within the humanistic tradition. The Institute’s lab is an ideal experimental space for developing new potentials of new hyper instruments as an aid to the creation of new musical works.
5) Gestural Conducting. Research into potentials of gestural conducting, through study of existing systems, as well as evolving new ones.