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MU 686 - Music Therapy Practicum

  • 3 credits

This course is designed to further the working music therapist's clinical skills. Students submit written documentation and video examples of their clinical work with their selected populations. The course instructor reviews and provides feedback and suggestions for the student to continue to meet functional goals with their clients. Electronic correspondence with the course instructor regarding the implementation of the feedback is encouraged to optimize the students' clinical skills development.


Information provided in MU 648 (Neuroscience/Music Foundations in Therapy) will be necessary for this clinic-based course or Prerequisite: Six credits of MU 486A.; Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate (GR) OR Professional (PR)

Important Information

Students must have reliable, functional video equipment and resources to effectively film AND edit their sessions for submission. They must also have the capability to successfully post these videos for the instructor to access.

Textbooks and Materials

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  • Rhythm, Music, and the Brain*, 1st Ed. (2005)
    Thaut, Michael

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

  • Optional, but recommended.


Blythe LaGasse

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Dr. Blythe LaGasse is coordinator and associate professor of music therapy at Colorado State University. For over eleven years, she has been a music therapist specializing in working with children with autism spectrum disorders. She continues to provide services to children in Fort Collins and works at summer intensive therapy camps.

At CSU, Dr. LaGasse teaches undergraduate and graduate coursework in music therapy, coordinates the music therapy clinics, and directs the Music Therapy Distance Learning Program.

Dr. LaGasse holds degrees from the University of Kansas (Ph.D. with music therapy and communication neuroscience emphasis), Colorado State University (M.M. in music, music therapy), and University of Kansas (B.M. in music therapy). Additionally, she was certified in neurologic music therapy (NMT) and was a trainer for the NMT Academy for eight years. With a strong background in communication neuroscience, her research interests include the use of music to improve communication and cognitive skills in children with developmental disabilities and autism spectrum disorders.

Dr. LaGasse has publications in Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience, the Journal of Music Therapy, Music Therapy Perspectives, and Music and Medicine. She has served as the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) council coordinator for professional practices and the Midwestern Region AMTA president. She is on the editorial board for the Journal of Music Therapy and Music Therapy Perspectives.