MU 543 - Advanced Research Methods in Music Therapy

  • 3 credits

This course is designed to help music therapy professionals gain a better understanding of research in order to critically read and participate in research. Students will learn the components of designing, conducting, and disseminating a research project. Emphasis will be placed on quantitative research methodology and applicable statistical testing. Students will learn how to use methodologies that are commonly applied in the clinical setting with small and large populations. Students will have the opportunity to conduct their own research projects, resulting in research articles and research poster presentations.

This course can be applied towards:


MU 241 (Advanced Research Methods in Music Therapy); MU 250 (Music Therapy Practice).

Textbook and Materials

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.


  • Research Methods: Design and Analysis, 12th Ed.
    Christensen, Larry B., Johnson, R. Burke, and Turner, Lisa A.
  • Statistics for People Who (Think They) Hate Statistics (2014)
    Salkind, Neil J.

IBM SPSS License required.

Additional readings will be posted on Canvas.


Andrew Knight

Dr. Andrew Knight holds a bachelor’s degree in Percussion Performance, Jazz emphasis from UW-La Crosse, a music therapy equivalency and master’s degree from the University of Minnesota, and a Ph.D. in Educational Foundations and Research from the University of North Dakota (UND).

Dr. Knight comes to CSU from University of North Dakota, where he supervised students at clinical placements in the Grand Forks community, taught undergraduate coursework, advised the student music therapy association, and conducted research. Prior to UND, he was an active clinician in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area, with various music therapy clinical roles in nursing/geriatric facilities, school districts, and at agencies serving adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. His current research pursuits include clinical applications of music therapy for toddlers with language impairments, adults with addiction issues, music therapy percussion pedagogy, and technology use in clinical settings.