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Robert Krout

Robert Krout

Robert E. Krout

Professor Emeritus of Music Therapy

Robert first visited SMU's Music Therapy Program in 1979 while a graduate student at Columbia University. That visit made a lasting impression, and he was excited to return to SMU and the Meadows School of the Arts in 2004 to teach and direct the program. He continues to be enthusiastic about the future of music therapy in Dallas and nationwide, especially regarding the role that the SMU Meadows Music Therapy Program is playing by mentoring music therapy leaders for today and the future. The SMU Meadows Music Therapy Program, opened in 1975, has a rich history of both tradition and innovation in music therapy clinical training, education, and research.


M.A. in Music Therapy, M.Ed. in Special Education, and Doctor of Education in Music and Arts in Education with an Emphasis in Music Therapy and Technology, Columbia University; B.M. in Vocal Music Education, Ithaca College.


Current Research Areas: applications of technology in music therapy, songwriting in clinical music therapy, guitar innovations in music therapy, end of life and palliative music therapy, music therapy in bereavement, and music therapy student skill and competency acquisition.

Professional Experience

Teaching: Director of Music Therapy, SMU, 2004-present; Music Therapy Director, New Zealand School of Music, 2002-04; Associate Professor, State University of New York at New Paltz, 1982-97.

Clinical: Music Therapy Manager and AMTA Internship Director, Hospice of Palm Beach County, Fla., 1997-2002; Music Therapist, Ulster County (NY) Board of Cooperative Educational Services, 1985-95; Music Therapist, Camarillo State Hospital, Camarillo, Calif., 1980-82.


Introduction to Music Therapy, Survey of Music Psychology, Research in Music Therapy, Therapeutic Acoustic Guitar I & 2, Music Therapy Internship, Music Therapy Practicum, Music Therapy Clinical Orientation, Exploring the Power of Music in Our Lives.


Music therapy books and book chapters published by Alfred, MMB Music, Jeffrey Publishers, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Sarsen Publishers, West Music, Charles Thomas, and the American Music Therapy Association. Articles published in The Journal of Music Therapy, Music Therapy Perspectives, The Arts in Psychotherapy, The American Journal of Recreation Therapy, The American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, The New Zealand Journal of Music Therapy, The Australian Journal of Music Therapy, VOICES-A World Forum for Music Therapy, Music Therapy Today, Music Education New Zealand Aotearoa, The Nordic Journal of Music Therapy, and The International Journal of Music Education. Songs and CDs/DVDs released by Prelude Music Therapy, MMB Music, and Sarsen.


SMU Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor Award 2013; SMU University Scholar/Teacher of the Year Award from the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of The United Methodist Church 2012; Southwestern Region-American Music Therapy Association Harmony Award for Research 2012; SMU Meadows School of the Arts Outstanding Teaching Professor 2010-11; Honorary Professor, School of Music, University of Queensland, Australia 2009-12; American Music Therapy Association Research and Publication Award 2005; Supervisor of Merit Award for Post-Graduate Research 2005, Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand.

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