Daniel Tague


Assistant Professor and Chair of Music Therapy





Daniel Tague has experience as a teacher, clinician, blogger and researcher in the field of music therapy.  Tague has quickly emerged as a rising authority within the music therapy field, working within a variety of settings including hospitals, school districts and rehabilitation units. He developed a pilot improvisational drumming curriculum for music therapy and music education students, and researched the effect of music therapy and art therapy on mood in patients with mental health needs. As part of his work with the World Federation of Music therapy, he co-authored the first worldwide survey study on music therapy clinical practice around the world. His current research projects include investigating music-based mindfulness for people with substance abuse and older adults with dementia. Another focus is his work with a team of researchers using music therapy to assist with pain and anxiety management after heart surgery.

Tague taught music therapy and directed the program at Shenandoah University in Virginia from 2012 to 2017. In 2017, he was re-elected to serve a three-year term as the chair of the clinical practice commission for the World Federation of Music Therapy. Tague was able to present preliminary results from the worldwide survey on clinical practice at the 15th World Congress of Music Therapy in Tsukuba, Japan in July 2017. He has led two study abroad trips to international conferences in Austria and Japan for music therapy students and hopes to lead another trip to South Africa for the 16th World Congress of Music Therapy.

Tague holds degrees from The Florida State University (Ph.D. in Music Therapy) and The University of Kansas (Master of Music Education with honors in Music Therapy).


B.A. Russian Language and Area Studies/European History, Texas Tech University
M.M.E. Music Education and Music Therapy, The University of Kansas
Ph.D. Music Therapy, Florida State University

Recent Work

Improvisational drumming in music therapy education and mental health practice; music therapy clinical practice; music therapy and pain management; music therapy and mindfulness.

Chair, Clinical Practice Commission for the World Federation of Music Therapy 2017-20

Professional Experience
Music therapist and director of a private practice company in the DFW area 2000-09

Graduate teaching assistant at Florida State 2009-12

Assistant professor and director of music therapy at Shenandoah University 2012-17

Selected Publications
Book Chapter:

Aigen, K., Miller, C. K., Kim, Y., Pasiali, V., Kwak, E-M. & Tague, D. B. (2008). Nordoff-Robbins music therapy. In A. A. Darrow (Ed.) Introduction to Approaches in Music Therapy (2nd ed., pp. 61-77). Silver Spring, MD: American Music Therapy Association.


Tague, D. B. (2016). Evaluating a pilot improvisational drumming curriculum: Implications for improving confidence and skills in music therapy and music education. Music Therapy Perspectives 35(1), 88-98. doi:10.1093/mtp/miv049

Kern, P., & Tague, D. B. (2018). Music therapy practice status and trends worldwide: An international survey study. Journal of Music Therapy, 53(1), 255-286. doi:10.1093/jmt/thx011.

Kern, P., & Tague, D. (2019). Moving the profession forward: Governmental recognition, increased access, and competitive pay. Music Therapy Today, 15(1), 134-157.

Course list

Clinical OrientationMUTY 1120
Introduction to Music TherapyMUTY 1320
Music Therapy Practicum VMUTY 4141
Survey of Music PsychologyMUTY 4341
Research in Music TherapyMUTY 4340
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