Michael H. Thaut, PhD

Professor, University of Toronto

Department of Music

Director, University of Toronto Music and Health Sciences Research Collaboratory and Graduate Programs

Dr. Michael H. Thaut, is currently a Professor of Music at the University of Toronto with cross-appointments  in Rehabilitation Science and Neuroscience.  He is also Director of the Music and Health Science Research Center (MAHRC) and Music and Health Sciences Graduate programs.

Dr. Thaut received his Master’s and PhD in Music from Michigan State University, with a focus in movement science. Prior to his appointment at University of Toronto, he was a Professor of Music and Professor of Neuroscience as well as Director of the School of the Arts at Colorado State University. Dr. Thaut is an international leader in neuroscience and music and has internationally recognized research in relation to the applications of auditory neuroscience, specifically for music and rhythm, to neurological rehabilitation. He has over 200 scientific publications and is the co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Neurologic Music Therapy which was runner-up in the annual British Medical Association book award in the category “Best New Book in Neurology 2015”.

He and his team founded the clinical system of Neurological Music Therapy, which is the only evidence based form of music therapy, applied worldwide in neurorehabilitation, and endorsed by the World Federation of Neurorehabilitation.

As a former professional violinist in the classical and folk genre, Dr. Thaut and has recorded several LPs/CDs and has toured Europe extensively.  

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