Music Therapy

Our music therapy faculty conduct basic research on human response to music, assessment of therapeutic applications of music, and the evaluation of best practice in the professional preparation of music therapists. 

Areas of research interest for faculty include:

  • Music perception and enjoyment of adults and children who are deaf or hard of hearing, and who use special hearing devices (cochlear implants, hearing aids)
  • The use of music training to enhance speech perception of persons with cochlear implants
  • Examining the impact of musical training on the auditory pathway at the cortical level
  • Accommodations to enhance music education and music enjoyment for persons with hearing loss
  • Music-assisted relaxation to reduce post-operative pain
  • Music therapy to regulate behaviors in children with autism

Music therapy faculty

Portrait of Abbey Dvorak

Abbey Dvorak

Music Therapy
Associate Professor
Music Therapy Area Head
Portrait of Hae Sun Kim

Hae Sun Kim

Music Therapy
Assistant Professor
Portrait of Kirsten Nelson

Kirsten Nelson

Music Therapy