Cincinnati Music & Wellness Coalition


Founder: Arlene de Silva

Arlene de Silva has over 35 years experience as a senior executive in non-profit management and the home and community based care industry both nationally and internationally. In 2008, she founded the Cincinnati Music & Wellness Coalition a program of Global Music & Wellness, which includes 94 members consisting of service organizations, physicians, and musicians. She is a Remo, Inc. approved HealthRHYTHMS trainer. She trains individuals both nationally and internationally. In addition to her work with music & wellness she focuses on immigrant and refugee health. Ms. de Silva is a classically trained pianist with a background in finance.


Advisor: Barry Bittman, MD

Barry Bittman, MD is a neurologist, author, international speaker, researcher, and population health innovator. His work includes the development of community care networks and accountable care organizations, as well as the optimization of medical practice workflows and continuous care protocols. Dr. Bittman is the Chairman and CEO of the Yamaha Music & Wellness Institute. He has served as Principal Investigator for several published scientific investigations including two molecular research studies focusing on stress reduction on the genomic level utilizing novel creative music expression strategies.

Cincinnati Music & Wellness Coalition

The Cincinnati Music & Wellness Coalition (CMWC) is a national initiative of Global Music & Wellness. CMWC is the nation’s first community-wide recreational music and wellness coalition. With an approach to whole person wellness, in 2008, a unique step was taken towards strengthening our community. The coalition brought together 30 organizations, physicians, and musicians in Southwestern Ohio and N. Kentucky serving: older adults, caregivers, corporate employees, developmentally disabled, at-risk youth, mental health & chemical addictions, students, refugee groups, healthcare professionals, and ethnic communities. CMWC presently includes member organizations both national and international.

Coalition members offer one or both evidence-based recreational music making wellness programs; Clavinova Connection and HealthRHYTHMS. These programs were innovated by neurologist and CEO, Yamaha Music & Wellness Institute, Barry Bittman, MD, and have been scientifically proven to create positive changes in the immune system, assist with mood stabilization, and reduce stress levels.

The Clavinova is a Yamaha digital piano. Clavinova Connection includes a unique series of music/wellness exercises that were created to harmonize mind, body, and spirit. One hour of engaging in this facilitated program has proven to strengthen an individual’s immune system. The innovative program employs state-of-the-art keyboards and a user-friendly educational technique to introduce the art of piano playing to novice musicians. Each Clavinova Connection session consists of several components: singing, physical stretching, meditation, and drum and sound improvisation. Each section is designed to build confidence and self-esteem, while enhancing relaxation and well being. The program promotes socialization, builds camaraderie, reduces depression and loneliness.

HealthRHYTHMS is a one-hour group empowerment-drumming program, which results in positive immune system changes. Benefits include: enhances self-esteem, empathy for others, opportunity to have fun with friends and make new friends, helps express themselves musically as a group, brings a sense of self-worth and respect for others, teaches anger management, conflict resolution and dealing with grief.


  • Alois Alzheimer Center
  • Andrew Millar DME
  • Area Agency on Aging- Columbus IN
  • Area Agency on Aging - New Albany IN
  • Asian Community Alliance
  • Blugrass Area Agency on Aging - Lexington KY
  • Children's Home of N KY
  • Episcopal Retirement Services
  • The Healing Space of Cincinnati
  • Cincinnati Recreation Commission
  • Indy Music and Wellness
  • Clermont Senior Services
  • Colerain Senior Center
  • Hamilton County Developmental Disability Services
  • Lindner Center of HOPE
  • Creative Aging
  • KIPDA - Louisville Area Agency on Aging
  • Life Enriching Communities
  • Lincoln Trail Area Agency on Aging -KY
  • Marielders
  • Maple Knoll Communities
  • Mayerson Jewish Community Center
  • Mercy Health - Anderson
  • Mercy Health - West
  • Cindi Remm
  • Middletown Area Senior Center
  • Sri Mirle
  • N KY Area Agency on Aging
  • Cora Wray
  • Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices
  • The Pavilion at Kenton
  • The Kenwood
  • TriHealth Alcohol & Drug Treatment
  • UC College-Conservatory of Music
  • Xavier University
  • TriHealth Parish Health Ministry
  • Barrington of Oakley - Senior Lifestyle
  • Mt Healthy Christian Village
  • Harry Stephens
  • Cincinnati Area Senior Services
  • HelpAge Sri Lanka
  • Barry Bittman MD
  • Arlene de Silva
  • Brenda Morand, PharmD
  • Ahmed Obeidat MD
  • Ronald M Miller
  • John Albert Esq
  • Michael Leadbetter MD
  • Jennifer Nagrath
  • Jim Waddle
  • Cathy Shanahan MD
  • Pete Carels
  • Susan Laffoon
  • Roberta Schultz
  • Trina Carter
  • Doreen Stanley
  • Judy Betz
  • Thelma Clabbers
  • Dot Christenson
  • John Burgess
  • Cumberland Valley KY AAA
  • Cincinnati VA Medical Center
  • Journey Well, LLC
  • Elkhorn Middle School
  • Jeanne Speier
  • Dave Laug
  • Rwandan Community of Dayton
  • Eastern KY University
  • Musicians for Health
  • Jewish Family Service
  • Ridge Behavioral Health
  • Melinda Butsch Kovacic PhD
  • Fawen Zhang PhD
  • Judy Singleton PhD
  • Nancy Bick Clark
  • Debbi Silverman MD
  • Colonial Heights & Garden
  • Wellington at North Bend Crossing
  • Magnolia Springs
  • Rich Batterberry
  • Mamta Bajgain
  • Joe Noethlich
  • Home Care Assistance
  • Sana Waseem MD
  • Elsheva Coleman MD
  • Maneesh Chidambaram
  • Wilmington College
  • Ronnie Pochron
  • Debbie Kokoruda
  • The Knolls
  • 7 Hills Neighborhood Houses
  • Sonya Verma
  • Gabrille Nielsen


  • Arnold Printing
  • Derringer
  • Harry & Gay Stephens
  • Life Enriching Communities
  • Panera
  • Remo, Inc.
  • Yamaha Music & Wellness Institute