The Institute for Music and Health (IMH) is based in New York's Hudson Valley providing specialized training and services for those interested in using music for wellness. We are dedicated to promoting, disseminating and teaching the work of John Diamond MD, a world authority in utilizing the arts in healing, for wellness, and for building community, through a variety of specially designed programs for all ages, abilities and backgrounds.

Our Vision

Our vision is broad. Our clients cover the entire span of human life, from toddlers to centenarians, and at all levels of experience and ability, from beginners to professionals. We believe that the basic purpose of music is to help people both as individuals and as communities and our programs are designed to do just that.

Our Approach

Our approach is called the Diamond Method for Music (DMM). It is we believe, by far and away the most comprehensive and effective system for music and wellness ever developed. It not only generally benefits the well-being, but also helps enhance cognitive abilities and personal development. At a more basic, level, it is simply a great way to learn music, one which will bring out your innate talent and creativity.

Reaching Out with Music

A key component of our approach is using music to help others. For instance, we run Community Outreach Programs involving interactive and intergenerational music-making connecting mainstream and special needs children with seniors and encouraging increased sociability, self-esteem, functioning and much more.

Highlights, Specialties & Features

  • Special Needs, Alexander Technique, music outreach, singing groups

Professional Associations & Certifications

  • PhD Musicology, MM Music, AmSAT

Serviced Areas

  • Hudson Valley, Dutchess County, Millbrook, Poughkeepsie

Contact Details

  Person Judith Muir
  City Verbank, NY
  Zip Code 12585
  Address 60 Eddy Rd
  Phone Number (845) 677-5871

Business Representative

Judith Muir


Judith Muir MM, M.AmSAT, Dip IMH

Director of Early Childhood Education

Judith offers an exceptional international background in woodwind and piano pedagogy. She has a Masters degree from Manhattan School of Music and is a certified teacher of The Alexander Technique. She is also a distinguished clarinetist having given classical and jazz concerts on three continents. Her solo and and ensemble appearances include Carnegie Hall, St. Martin's in the Fields and the Wigmore Hall in London. She is currently Associate Professor of Alexander Technique at Bard College, Music Director at Hawk Meadow Montessori School, and is much in demand as a teacher and performer.

From Our Website

Each lesson that I teach is individually crafted. It is Tailor Made for that individual student. What works for one person will not necessarily be appropriate for someone else for many reasons that are deeper than individual learning styles. Outreach as the name implies, is reaching out to help others using your creativity - to lift their spirits. Any of the creative arts can be used as a vehicle for this, music, dance, theater, photography, writing, art, poetry. Sometimes Barbara Schutzman exercises while standing.