Meet the Founders – Joshua Leeds and Lisa Spector
BioAcoustic Research & Development (BARD) was originally created by founders sound researcher Joshua Leeds and pianist Lisa Spector. Their collaboration started in 2003, when Lisa was a volunteer puppy raiser for Guide Dogs for the Blind and noticed the profound calming effect Joshua’s music was having on her rambunctious puppy.
The psychoacoustic principles informing BARD music derives from Joshua’s therapeutic soundwork with human-based medical and neurodevelopmental experts.
For animal music programs, BARD collaborates with veterinarians, behaviorists, and trainers. Consequently, these unique programs employ sophisticated techniques from the disparate fields of sound therapy and animal behavioral training.
The BARD mission is to provide audio programs specifically for the health, well-being, and longevity of our animal and human friends.
Lisa Spector is a concert pianist, Juilliard graduate, and canine music expert. By combining her passion for music with her love of dogs, she co-founded Through a Dog’s Ear in 2003.
As a concert pianist, Lisa has won first prizes in Chopin competitions in New York and Los Angeles and has performed in China, Poland, Spain, France, Italy and throughout the U.S.
Spector created the Through a Dog’s Ear “Music in Shelters” program, a project inspired by her volunteer work in shelters. Her piano playing is currently played in over 2,000 shelters worldwide, where it is helping increase adoption rates.
An agility enthusiast and former puppy raiser for Guide Dogs for the Blind, Lisa performs Classical Canine Concerts (for people and dogs) as fundraisers for non-profit animal organizations. Currently she shares her home and her heart in the San Francisco Bay Area with Gina, her “career change” dog from Guide Dogs.
Joshua Leeds is a sound researcher, music producer and educator. He is one of few published authorities in the field of psychoacoustics—the study of the effects of music and sound on the human nervous system. Publications include The Power of Sound (Healing Arts Press, 2010 and 2001), Through a Dog’s Ear (Sounds True, 2008), and Sonic Alchemy (InnerSong Press, 1997).
Collaborating with leaders in health, psychology, and neurodevelopment, Joshua’s application-specific soundtracks are used in clinics and classrooms around the world. New psychoacoustically designed soundtracks are now also heard in animal shelters, kennels and doghouses.
Joshua is the producer of the clinically tested Through a Dog’s Ear music series, as well as the Through a Cat’s Ear audio programs.
Residing in Ashland, Oregon, Joshua presents seminars internationally to music, healthcare, and education professionals. Further information can be found at The Power of Sound.
Since 2003, Joshua has served as the CEO of the original Through a Dog’s Ear, now known as iCalmPet.
The video below tells how it all began in 2003 and what Joshua and Lisa have been up to since.