Music Therapy practicum provides the opportunity for students enrolled in the music therapy program to gain clinical experience with persons who have disabilities.
This course is not delivered by distance media; it is driven by an agreement between the instructor and the student. Typical examples are thesis, research, internship, and other courses where the objectives and activities are determined jointly by the instructor and the student. In most cases, the agreement on course activities and objectives is reached with the student and advisor or instructor before enrollment in the course. During the course, the instructor and student communicate by any convenient means, usually phone and email.
This course has an online component delivered through RamCT Blackboard.
Piano proficiency and instructor approval.
Students must register for either 2 or 3 credits.
Textbook and Materials
- MU 486 Handbook (available online at no charge).
Not available at the CSU Bookstore
Blythe LaGasse is Assistant Professor of Music Therapy at Colorado State University. Dr. LaGasse received a Bachelor of Music in music therapy from the University of Kansas, and a Master of Music in music therapy from Colorado State University. She completed her doctorate in music therapy at the University of Kansas. She teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses and is Director of Music Therapy Clinical Practicum.
Her clinical background includes working with persons with autism and developmental disabilities, with an emphasis in speech and language communication. She has contributed to several music therapy texts 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.