Dr. Bartel has special interest in applications of music in health conditions of aging and rehabilitation. He is well known for his research and design of music for health. His primary research interest is currently in Rhythmic Sensory Stimulation (RSS) with applications for several types of pain.
Within the Canadian Music Education Research Centre, Dr. Bartel is the Coordinator of the Music Therapy and Health Special Research Interest Group.
He has also served on the Accreditation Review Board for the Canadian Association of Music Therapy, has been involved in noteworthy studies with the Centre for Health Promotion, University of Toronto, and has supervised doctoral and post-doctoral research at Bloorview Kid’s Rehab, Lyndhurst Hospital, and Baycrest Hospital.
Drawing upon his many years of experience, Dr. Bartel designed the internationally best-selling Music for Your Health series from the Solitude’s label, as well as Somerset Entertainment’s SonicAid series. His Gold and Platinum album work has been nominated for several Juno Awards.
Today, Dr. Bartel’s contributions include 16 books, multiple academic papers and publications.