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Thirty-Fifth International Training Institute

January 30 – February 2, 2014

Fort Collins, CO

Colorado State University/University Center for the Arts


The International Training Program of the Academy is endorsed by the World Federation of Neurologic Rehabilitation (WFNR), by the European Federation of Neurorehabilitation Societies (EFNS) and the International Society for Clinical Neuromusicology (CNM).  Training is also approved by the U.S. Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) as advanced provider for Continuing Music Therapy Education (CMTE) credits.  Credits award by CBMT are accepted by the U.S. National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC).


Neurologic Music Therapy is defined as the therapeutic application of music to cognitive, sensory, and motor function due to neurologic disease of the human nervous system. Neurologic Music Therapy is research-based. Its treatment techniques are based on the scientific knowledge in music perception and production and the effects thereof on nonmusical brain and behavior functions. Populations served by Neurologic Music Therapists include, but are not limited to: stroke, traumatic brain injury, Parkinson's and Huntington's disease, cerebral palsy, Alzheimer's disease, autism, and other neurological diseases affecting cognition, movement, and communication (e.g., MS, Muscular Dystrophy, etc). The 4-day, 30-hour workshop will provide therapists with advanced clinical training and scientific knowledge in the field of NMT. 


Upon successful completion of this course and a written test, a certificate of completion in advanced Neurologic Music Therapy training will be issued by the Robert F. Unkefer Academy for Neurologic Music Therapy.  Completion of the NMT training allows the board-certified music therapist to practice and use the credential of Neurologic Music Therapist (NMT) for three years.  This training is open to students and professionals outside of the field of music therapy, however, completion of the NMT training does NOT allow one to practice outside their professional licensure-training certification.  There are no required prerequisites to take this training.  Completion of the training in its entirety is expected to gain the NMT credential and certificate


Upon completion of this course, participants, will:

            1)  Be able to demonstrate a basic definition and introductory knowledge about neurologic music therapy (NMT), including the taxonomy of techniques used in NMT;

            2)  Demonstrate an increased knowledge of current research supporting NMT techniques;

            3)  Demonstrate a working knowledge of the Transformational Design Model; a model to assist in treatment selection based on functional goals;

            4)  Identify current clinical assessments that can be used by NMT’s for treatment evaluation

            5)  Be able to answer basic neuroanatomy and pathology questions related to a variety of neurologic disorders.


Training will begin at 8 am on Thursday morning and end by noon on Sunday.  Please make sure that your travel arrangements allow you adequate time to get to/from the airport (a 1 ½-2 hour trip), as completion of the training in its entirety is expected to gain the NMT credential and certificate. 


                                                                                                          Course Curriculum

The following links will provide you with more information about registering for the training, useful hotel and transportation information, and a training schedule for the weekend:

Registration and Payment Information

*For current NMT Members interested in refreshing your basic NMT skills, register to re-take the Training Institute -  click here.


Hotel and Airport Shuttle Information

We strongly encourage you to make your hotel reservation as soon as possible. The training weekend is busy for the hotels and room availability cannot be guaranteed after the reservation cut-off date.


*The 30-hour Institute will provide the board-certified music therapist with 36 CMTE credits that can be applied towards recertification.  Your certificate of completion can be submitted as proof of your attendance and participation.


Upcoming Institutes…

*November 21-24, 2013 - Yoshikawa Rehabilitation Hospitals Tokyo

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*******Teaching Faculty*******


Dr. Michael H. Thaut

Michael H Thaut received his masters and PhD in music from Michigan State University with a minor in movement science. He also studied at the Mozarteum Music University in Salzburg/Austria and holds a German Diplom in Psychology and Education. At Colorado State University he is a Professor of Music and a Professor of Neuroscience and served as Administrative Director of the School of the Arts from 2001 to 2010. He has been the Director of the Center for Biomedical Research in Music since 1994. He was a Visiting Professor of Music at the Mozarteum in 1985, and a Visiting Professor of Kinesiology at the University of Michigan/Ann Arbor in 1993. He has also been a Visiting Scientist in Neurology at Duesseldorf University Medical School 1995-2001, a Visiting Professor at Heidelberg University of Applied Sciences in 2002. He holds a Visiting Professorship of Music at Kurashiki Sakuyo University/Japan since 2005. Since 2010, he holds the position of Chancelor of the SRH-University System Germany, an alliance of 6 private colleges, and also served as Interim President of the SRH University of Health Sciences in Gera. 

Dr. Thaut’s internationally recognized research focuses on brain function in music, especially temporal information processing in the brain related to rhythmicity and biomedical applications of music to neurologic rehabilitation of cognitive and motor function. He received the National Research Award in 1993 and the National Service Award in 2001 from the American Music Therapy Association. He has over 130 scientific publications and has authored and coauthored 4 books. His works have appeared in German, Japanese, Korean, Italian, and Spanish language. Popular TV media and numerous print media have featured his research nationally and internationally. He is an elected member and the treasurer of the World Academy of Multidisciplinary Neurotraumatology, a member of the management committee of the World Federation of Neurologic Rehabilitation, and serves as Vice President of the International Society for Music and Medicine. He was elected in 2007 as President of the International Society for Clinical Neuromusicology.

As a former professional violinist in the classic and folk genre he has recorded several LPs/CDs of chamber and folk music in the US and Germany and has toured in Europe extensively. He is also the author of a landmark anthology of European and North American folk fiddle music. In 1995 his group ‘Folk Chamber Ensemble ‘ played 3 invited concerts at the Northwest German Summer Music Festival entitled ‘Folk Meets Classic’. He continues to perform in small chamber and folk ensembles as time permits.


Dr. James Gardiner

A neuropsychologist at the Community Transitions brain injury rehabilitation center in Rapid City, South Dakota, Dr. Gardiner performs neuropsychological evaluations and teaches wellness classes on how to improve mental skills using musical and cognitive exercises.  His education:  a master’s degree in speech from the University of Nebraska, a PhD in speech-communication from Michigan State University, a PhD in psychology from Utah State University, and a clinical psychology internship at the Salt Lake City Veterans Affairs Hospital.  As a NMT-Fellow, he has developed music based cognitive treatments for neurological injuries, and for the past few years has conducted research on the effects of music on brain functioning.  He lives in Rapid City with his wife.  He has three adult sons and six grandchildren.


Sarah B. Johnson

Sarah Johnson received her MM degree in Music Therapy from Colorado State University (1989) and her BS degree in Music Therapy from the University of Minnesota (1984).  She supervises graduate music therapy students at CSU, and co-coordinates the community therapeutic outreach program of the Center for Biomedical Research in Music (CBRM).  She also assists with the International Training Institutes and Fellowship Trainings in Neurologic Music Therapy held at CBRM.  Since graduate teaching assistant days at CSU, she has either taught, substituted for colleagues, and/or guest lectured in a variety of courses in the music therapy departments.  Sarah has presented on Neurologic Music Therapy on the state, regional and national level as well as in Canada, Japan and South Korea.  In addition to her work at CSU, Sarah is the neurologic music therapists for the In-patient Rehabilitation and Out-patient Children’s Therapy Serviced of Poudre Valley Hospitals programs.  The American Music Therapy Association recently awarded Sarah the “Professional Practice Award” which recognizes “a significant contribution to the profession by utilizing special skills and/or knowledge in the therapeutic practice, clinical supervision, education and/or administration.”


Dr. Blythe LaGasse

Dr. LaGasse received a Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy from the University of Kansas, a Master of Music in Music Therapy from Colorado State University.  She completed her Doctoral Degree in Music Therapy at the University of Kansa.  She teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses and is Director of Music Therapy Clinical Practicum.  Her clinical background included working with persons with autism and developmental disabilities, woth an emphasis in speech and language communication.  She has contributed to several music therapy text including An Introduction to Music Therapy: Theory and Practice (3rd ed.) and Introduction to Approaches in Music Therapy (2nd ed.).  Dr. LaGasse’s research interests include the effect of auditory stimuli for motor synchronization in children and the use of music therapy for development of speech in children with neurological and developmental disabilities.



Gerald C. McIntosh, MD

Dr. Gerald McIntosh, a neurologist and neurorehabilitation specialist, serves as the medical director for the Center for Biomedical Research.  Dr. McIntosh currently has his own practice, Neurology Associates of Northern Colorad and is also affiliated with many local hospitals and clinics, including the Center for Neurorehabilitation Services, Poudre Valley Hospital, Medical Center of the Rockies and Northern Colorado Reahbilitation Hospital.  Dr. McIntosh has published over 45 studies, several of which have been done in conjunction with the Center for Biomedical Research.  In addition, Dr. McIntosh has served as an Ad Hoc Reviewer for the journal Neurology on multiple occasions and has been a clinical assistant professor at the University of Colorado in both neurology and family medicine.



Ruth R. Rice, DPT

Ruth Rice, Physical Therapist, has been involved with research on the effects of rhythm and music for the neurological rehabilitation techniques for the last 20 years, and has also been a clinician treating orthopedic and neurological diagnoses for the last 22 years.  Ruth received her Masters degree in Physical Therapy in 1988 and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2008.  She has been a clinician at Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins for the last 20 years and also is an instructor/facilitator for 3 Neurologic Music Therapy community exercise groups per week, she also continues with research projects with the Center for Biomedical Research in Music at Colorado State Univeristy.



Corene P.Thaut

Corene P. thaut is a special assistant professor of music therapy in the Department of Music Theatre and Dance at Colorado State University.  She has also been a research associate at The Center for Biomedical Research in Music since 1997.  She worked as a Neurologic Music Therapist at the Center for Rehabilitation Medicine at Emory University Medical School in Atlanta from 1992-1995 and at Poudre Valley Hospital in For Collins from 1997-2003.  Her clinical experience has included work with stroke, Parkinson’s Disease, traumatic brain injury, multiple schlerosis, Alzheimer’s disease and autism.  She has served on the exam committee of the Nation Certification Board for Music Therapy )CBMT) as both a member and Committee Chair from 2001-2006, and is currently an elected member of the National Board of Directors (8 National Directors) for CBMT.  She has also served as President and Vice President of the Midwestern Region of American Music Therapy Association.  She has several research publications and three recent book chapters to her credit:  Music Therapy in Pediatric Healthcare: Research and Evidence Based Practice (AMTA), An Introduction to Music Therapy (Davis, Gfeller, Thaut, 2008) and the Oxford Handbook of Music Psychology (Oxford University Press, 2009).


********Program Coordinator*******

Corene Thaut, MM, MT-BC, NMT

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*The International Neurologic Music Therapy Training Institute is approved by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) for 36 Continuing Music Therapy Education (CMTE) credits.  Credits awarded by CBMT are accepted by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC).  CBMT maintains responsibility for program quality and adherence to CBMT policies and criteria, contact us.

Completion of this course does not ensure that the participant is currently a Board Certified Music Therapist (MT-BC). 

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