Founder, Neurologic Music Therapy
University of Toronto
Michael H. Thaut, PhD, is currently a Professor of Music at the University of Toronto with cross-appointments in Rehabilitation Science and Neuroscience. He is Director of the Music and Health Science Research Center (MAHRC) and Music and Health Sciences Graduate programs. His holds a Tier I Canadian Research Chair in Music, Neuroscience, and Health endowed by the Government of Canada.
Michael H. Thaut received his PhD (1983) and MM (1980) in music with a cognate minor in movement science from Michigan State University. He also holds a degree from the Mozarteum Music University in Salzburg, Austria (1979). At Colorado State University was a Professor Music and Neuroscience 1986-2015, Director of the School of the Arts 2001-2010, and directed the Center for Biomedical Research in Music 1994-2015.
He has received over 4 million in research funding and has authored/co-authored about 250 scientific publications. The Oxford Handbook of Neurologic Music Therapy (2014), co-edited with Volker Hoemberg, was runner-up in the British Medical Association 2015 Book Awards. His books have been translated into French, Korean, Japanese, and Chinese. He is globally in demand as visiting professor and keynote speaker on music, brain, and neurorehabilitation.
His pioneering research focuses on the neural mechanisms of music perception and clinical translations to motor, speech/language, and cognitive training in neurologic disorders. He is the co-founder of Neurologic Music Therapy which is endorsed by the World Federation of Neurorehabilitation. He is Past - President of the International Society for Clinical Neuromusicology, Vice President of the International Society for Music and Medicine, and Overseas Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine (U.K.). As a professional musician and violinist in the classical and folk genre he toured and recorded extensively in Europe and the US. His anthology of European and North American Fiddle Music has been in print since 1981.
Thursday, October 22, 2020
4:45 PM – 6:00 PM EST