“Creator of Neurological Music Therapy” to visit UK

Dr Michael Thaut, widely acknowledged as the “Creator of Neurological Music Therapy” is visiting the UK to deliver a special training course in September.

The benefits of music therapy have been recognised for more than 70 years and, in the UK, it is a recognised Allied Health Profession, but Dr Thaut’s work in this area is renowned as having brought a new clinical and systematic approach to its use in neurology.

The training programme is being hosted by Chroma, the UK’s only national arts therapy provider, and will cover four days starting on 21st September in Birmingham. It will be presented to 30 Chroma therapists and 50 more from other organisations.

There will also be an open lecture on the evening of Thursday 21st September at etc.Venues, 150 Corporation St, Birmingham on Neurological Music Therapy (NMT) and it’s use within brain injury rehabilitation that is open to the public.

Daniel Thomas, managing director of Chroma, said: “Over the last couple of decades, Neurological Music Therapy (NMT) has massively grown in stature within clinical environments, and the work done by Dr Thaut has been a major part of that shift.

“His research in brain function and music has focussed on neurologic rehabilitation of key cognitive and motor functions, frequently enabling those affected by issues such as strokes and brain injuries to make significant strides towards recovery. Every day, we see NMT have a major, positive impact on the lives of those affected.

“As an intervention, NMT has defined outcomes, is evidence-based, cost-effective and can be used alongside traditional therapies – and the fact that we can evidentially make those statements is in no small part due to the work of Dr Thaut.

“We are delighted to be able to bring him to the UK and for him to pass on some of his knowledge, including his latest findings, to our team of music therapists who operate in a range of different fields, helping everyone from children with acquired brain injuries to older people who are suffering from dementia.”

Dr Thaut received his masters and PhD in music from Michigan State University with a minor in movement science. He was given the National Research Award in 1993 and the National Service Award in 2001 from the American Music Therapy Association.

He has authored and coauthored more than 140 scientific publications and four books, and his works have appeared in German, Japanese, Korean, Italian, and Spanish.

Dr Thaut is an elected member and former treasurer of the World Academy of Multidisciplinary Neurotraumatology, a member of the management council of the World Federation of Neurologic Rehabilitation, and serves as Vice President of the International Society for Music and Medicine. He was elected in 2007 as President of the International Society for Clinical Neuromusicology.