The Academy of Neurologic Music Therapy, maintained at Colorado State University, was established in 2002 to advance the professional education and understanding of the scientific, evidence-based practice of Neurologic Music Therapy, and to facilitate the coordinated and cooperative efforts of NMTs throughout the world.
Academy training in NMT is recognized by the World Federation for Neurologic Rehabilitation (WFNR)
and the International Society of Clinical Neuromusicology (CNM).
Members of CNM and the WFNR’s special interest group for NMT are conducting the academy training.
The Academy will facilitate endeavors in the following areas:
The academy will facilitate the provision of at least two foundational Neurologic Music Therapy Training Institutes per year. Upon completion of the foundational training institute, a music therapist who is professionally trained according to the standards of their country may use the professional designation of NMT [Neurologic Music Therapist] and becomes a member of the Academy for three years. Completion of the NMT training allows the board-certified music therapist to practice and use the credential of NMT. Completion of the NMT training does NOT allow one to practice outside their professional licensure-training-certification
the Academy will provide at least one Advanced Training Institute per year
The Academy will promote the development and implementation of student training models to facilitate the education and understanding of the NMT treatment model at the university student level.
The Academy will establish a consortium of universities which are actively incorporating student training of the NMT model within their regular music therapy curriculum. Universities listed within the consortium must have, at a minimum, one faculty member who is a current Fellow of the Academy.
The Academy will promote the integrity of continued research in the area of NMT and assist in identifying areas of continued pursuit or those requiring additional research efforts.
The Academy will disseminate information of interest and continuing education on an ongoing basis via the CSU website as well as via periodic NMT email updates and other forms of communication. Additionally, the Academy will facilitate the gathering of NMT’s through professional meetings and at other professional conferences as deemed appropriate.
The Academy will promote the ongoing collection and distribution of information related to reimbursement by third party payers for the use of standardized NMT interventions by music therapists having the NMT designation. Additionally, efforts will be made to educate NMTs, consumers, and third party payers about the scientific evidence base for the standardized interventions used.
The Academy will appoint an advisory council consisting of therapists and scientists from Neurologic Music Therapy and related clinical and scientific disciplines to advise on all matters related to the professional and scientific development of NMT. The majority of the council will consist of practicing Neurologic Music Therapy clinicians.
Requesting Research Subjects
The Center for Biomedical Research in Music at
To qualify to enter the study, we are looking for people with Parkinson’s Disease and who have fallen at least 2 times in the last 6 months. You will also need to be able to walk independently with or without an assistive device (cane or walker) for at least 5 minutes on level surfaces.
Please call Ruth Rice, Physical Therapist at 214-3352 if you are interested in participating in this study.