Dr. Robert Krout, a Board Certified Music Therapist, is Professor and Director of Music Therapy in the Meadows School of the Arts at SMU. Prior to joining SMU in 2004, Robert was Director of Music Therapy at Massey University in Wellington, New Zealand. He has published and presented widely, and in 2005 received the Research and Publication Award of the American Music Therapy Association. At SMU, he was named the Meadows Foundation Distinguished Teaching Professor for 2010-2011. An active singer-songwriter, he has released several CD’s and has been interviewed by both Acoustic Guitar and Grammy magazines. Dr. Krout also holds an appointment as Honorary Professor of Music at the University of Queensland, Australia, where he frequently travels to teach and conduct research. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from Ithaca College, and his Master of Arts, Master of Education, and Doctor of Education degrees in Music Education, Special Education, and Music Therapy from Columbia University. Dr. Krout teaches Exploring the Power of Music in Our Lives – From Chaos to Creation for TAG.