Music Therapy Master of Music (M.M.) – Music Therapy Specialization


Andrew Knight

Andrew Knight, Ph.D., MT-BC

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 has been 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 individuals with neurologic impairments, music therapy percussion pedagogy, and technology use in clinical settings.

Blythe LaGasse

Blythe LaGasse, Ph.D., MT-BC

Dr. Blythe LaGasse is director of the distance learning music therapy program at Colorado State University. She is also area coordinator and associate professor of music therapy. For more than twelve years, she has been a music therapist specializing in working with children with autism spectrum disorders.

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 trained in Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT)in 2001, completed the fellowship in 2004 and was a faculty trainer for seven 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.

William Davis

William Davis, Ph.D., RMT

Dr. Davis is currently professor emeritus at Colorado State University. He joined the CSU faculty in 1984 after completing a doctorate from the University of Kansas. He retired from CSU in 2014; however, continues to teach the History of Music Therapy course. 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. His research interest is in the history of music therapy with numerous articles appearing in the Journal of Music Therapy, Music Therapy Perspectives and the British Journal of Music Therapy. In addition, Dr. Davis was the 2013 recipient of the American Music Therapy Association Lifetime Achievement Award.

Sarah Johnson

Sarah Johnson, MM, MT-BC

Sarah Johnson received her MM degree in Music Therapy from Colorado State University (1989). She currently resides in Warsaw, Poland, where she is an online clinical supervisor for the online music therapy program. Since graduate teaching assistant days at CSU, she has taught, substituted for colleagues, and/or guest lectured for a variety of courses in the Music Therapy Department.

In addition to her work at CSU, Johnson was a neurologic music therapist for the in-patient rehabilitation and out-patient children's therapy services of Poudre Valley Hospital, for more than 20 years. The American Music Therapy Association recently awarded Johnson the "Professional Practice Award" which recognizes "a significant contribution to the profession by utilizing special skills and/or knowledge in therapeutic practice, clinical supervision, education and/or administration."

Lindsey Wilhelm

Lindsey Wilhelm, Ph.D., MT-BC

Lindsey Wilhelm holds degrees in music therapy from Colorado State University (BM) and the University of Iowa (MA, Ph.D.) and is a Fellow in Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT). A board-certified music therapist since 2007, Dr. Wilhelm has worked with both children and adults in a variety of community, educational, rehabilitative, and medical settings. Her current research areas and interests include music therapy applications for aging adults with hearing loss; students’ self-care practices; and music therapy applications for family caregivers.

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