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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

Section Y00


  • 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.


Sarah Johnson

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Sarah Johnson received her MM degree in music therapy from Colorado State University (1989), and her BS degree in music therapy from the University of Minnesota (1984). In addition to guest lecturing at Colorado State, she served as the clinical supervisor for undergraduate and graduate music therapy students at CSU, and continues to teach in the online MM program. Sarah was also the co-coordinator of the community therapeutic outreach program of the Center for Biomedical Research in Music (CBRM) for over 12 years.

Sarah recently retired as the neurologic music therapist for the In-patient Rehabilitation and Out-patient Children's Therapy Services of University of Colorado Health (formerly Poudre Valley Health Systems), programs that she created over 25 years ago. Sarah has presented on Neurologic Music Therapy at the state, regional and national levels, and continues to teach and present on her clinical work internationally. The American Music Therapy Association has awarded Sarah 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…”