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R.F. Unkefer Academy for Neurologic Music Therapy: International Neurologic Music therapy Training Institute

For Music Therapists and other Neurologic Rehabilitation Professionals


Neurologic Music Therapy is defined as the therapeutic application of music to cognitive, sensory, and motor function due to neurologic disease of the human nervous system. Neurologic Music Therapy is research-based. Its treatment techniques are built upon the scientific knowledge in music perception and production and the effects thereof on nonmusical brain and behavior functions. Populations served by Neurologic Music Therapists include, but are not limited to: stroke, traumatic brain injury, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease, cerebral palsy, Alzheimer’s disease, autism, and other neurological diseases affecting cognition, movement, and communication (e.g., MS, Muscular Dystrophy, etc.). The 4-day, 30-hour workshop will provide therapists with advanced clinical training and scientific knowledge in the field of NMT.

Course Curriculum

  • Scientific Foundations of NMT
  • Neuropathology/Disease Review
  • Sensorimotor Techniques: Rhythmic Auditory Stimulation, Pattern Sensory Enhancement, Therapeutic, Instrumental Playing
  • Speech Techniques: Melodic Intonation Therapy, Muscial Speech Stimulation, Rhythmic Speech Cueing, Vocal Intonation Therapy, Therapeutic Singing, Oral Motor and Respiratory Exercises, Developmental Speech and Language Training through Music, Symbolic Communication Training through Music
  • Cognitive Techniques: Music Neglect Training, Auditory perception Training, Muscial Attention Control Training, Musical Executive Functions Training, Music Psychosocial Training

Target Audience

This training is open to allied professionals who are interested in gaining a deeper understanding of neurologic music therapy (NMT) and music therapists interested in utilizing NMT methodology and techniques.



Thursday, Feb. 14 - Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019

Course Location & Facilities Host:

TWU Houston Center
6700 Fannin St.
Houston, Texas 77030

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:

  • Be able to demonstrate a basic definition and introductory knowledge about neurologic music therapy (NMT), including the taxonomy of techniques used in NMT
  • Demonstrate an increased knowledge of current research supporting NMT techniques
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the Transformational Design Model; a model to assist in treatment selectio based on functional goals
  • Identify current clinical assessment that can be used by NMT's for treatment evaluation
  • Be able to answer basic neuroanatomy and pathology questions related to a variety of neurologic disorders

Course Materials

Course Program & Information


Course closes on February 1, 2019 or at registration capacity. Space is limited and registrations will be accepted in the order received. Course is limited to 80 attendees.

Those who are pre-approved through the NMT Academy to "re-take" the certification course, contact to register.

Community Attendees

Early Bird Registration before Jan 3, 2019: $650
Standard Registration after Jan 3, 2019: $675

Memorial Hermann Health System Employees

Early Bird Registration before Jan 3, 2019: $550
Standard Registration after Jan 3, 2019: $575

Questions: Please contact Education Academy Administrative Assistant: Rhonda Owens at (713) 797-7432 or email at