Acting Director, Department of Music Therapy Lecturer of Music Therapy and Clinical Coordinator
Barbara Bastable received her Bachelor of Music degree with an emphasis in sacred music and organ performance from Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois. After over 20 years of teaching piano, serving as a church organist and early childhood music teacher, she received her Master of Arts degree in music therapy from Texas Woman’s University. An active clinician, Bastable has worked as a music therapist in a number of settings, including the public schools, early intervention centers, and private practice with clients with a variety of handicapping conditions, including autism, cerebral palsy, developmental delays and mental retardation. She has served as a practicum supervisor and affiliate internship director with Texas Woman’s University. In addition, she currently serves on the American Music Therapy Academic Program Approval Committee, has served on the AMTA Technology Committee and has been the AMTA Southwestern Region Vice President. Bastable has presented at AMTA and autism conferences since 1993 and has provided in-service programs for local school districts and special interest organizations.
Bastable joined the SMU faculty in 2006 and teaches music therapy core curriculum classes. She coordinates and supervises the clinical placements for students at SMU as they fulfill clinical practicum requirements in area hospitals, psychiatric facilities, Alzheimer’s and aged-care assisted living and nursing centers, school districts, a center for victims of domestic abuse, and refugee families. Bastable also coordinates and supervises students as they provide music therapy services in the SMU music therapy clinic to Dallas area adults and children with intellectual and development disabilities. She has supervised SMU students in a study abroad program to Jamaica, providing music therapy to special needs children in area schools and to adults in infirmaries in rural Jamaica.