MU 647 - Historic Foundations of Music Therapy

  • 3 credits

In this course you have the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of the history of music therapy. We begin in the 1700s and end in present-day music therapy practice. You are exposed to early pioneers, learn about the original scientific studies in music therapy, and encounter some very interesting individuals and ideas along the way!

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Textbook and Materials

No textbooks are required.


William Davis

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Dr. William Davis is currently the director of the undergraduate program in music therapy at Colorado State University and Chair and Director of Graduate Studies in Music for the department and School of the Arts. He joined the CSU faculty in 1984 after completing a doctorate from the University of Kansas. His clinical background and area of clinical expertise is with adults and children who have intellectual disabilities.

Dr. Davis has been active for many years in the American Music Therapy Association serving on the AMTA board of directors as archivist and historian, as an editorial committee member for the Journal of Music Therapy, an Assembly of Delegates representative, and as a member of the Government Relations Committee. He is co-author of an introductory level music therapy text in its third printing and used by many music therapy programs in the United States and abroad. This book has also been translated into Spanish, Korean and Japanese. His research interest is in the history of music therapy with numerous articles appearing in the Journal of Music Therapy, Music Therapy Perspective , and the British Journal of Music Therapy.

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