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Music Therapy


Music Therapy is the application of music for rehabilitation of brain function and development and maintenance of mental and physical health. The qualified music therapist creates therapeutic music exercises to facilitate functional non-musical outcomes, training and retraining abilities in cognition, speech and language, motor control, academic performance, emotional growth, and social skills. There is strong scientific evidence that music is a powerful tool in therapy, engaging and changing the brain, and promoting behavioral learning and change.

Colorado State University has a long tradition in clinical education, research, and scholarship in music therapy. With an outstanding music program and an academic focus on evidence-based practice, graduates from Colorado State learn necessary tools to be an integral member of a treatment team or pursue a career in private practice. Students also have the opportunity to be involved in research at the Center for Biomedical Research in Music, an international leader in music and neuroscience research.

In addition to the clinical core, music therapy majors take a wide variety of courses in music theory, music history, music performance, and coursework emphasizing the research aspects of music therapy. In addition, the program requires courses in psychology, neuroscience, and medical terminology. A total of 120 credits are required for the degree. Successful completion of all curricular requirements, plus a six month clinical internship, qualifies a graduate to sit for the National Board Certification Examination.

The Music Therapy program is offered on campus and online. Get more information about the online Music Therapy degree program.

Study with:

Michael Thaut – 970-491-5529 –
Music Therapy, Director of CBRM

Music Therapy, Program Director, Coordinator of Music Therapy

Andrew Knight – 970-491-3722 –
Music Therapy

Nicole Wilshusen – 970-491-3178 –
Music Therapy

Sarah Johnson – 970-491-5529 –
Music Therapy

CBRM Research Associates:

Corene Thaut – 970-491-2636 –

Gary Kenyon – 970-491-2916 –


Center For Biomedical Research in Music Center For Biomedical Research in Music