Toronto Professor to be Honored at ITA’s First Annual Arts Benefit
Dr. Michael H. Thaut, PhD, is set to be honored at ITA’s first annual benefit, “Rooted in the Arts” alongside Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl. The benefit will be taking place on April 28, 2017, where Thaut is scheduled to accept ITA’s Marilyn Richman Legacy Award presented by ITA Executive Director Jenni Rook.
Dr. Thaut is an international leader in neuroscience and music and has internationally-recognized research from the applications of auditory neuroscience — specifically for music and rhythm — to neurological rehabilitation. He has over 200 scientific publications and is the co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Music Psychology and the Oxford Handbook of Neurologic Music Therapy, which was runner-up at the annual British Medical Association book awards in the category “Best New Book in Neurology 2015.” He is the president of the International Society for Clinical Neuromusicology and Vice President of the International Society for Music and Medicine. He and his team developed the clinical system of Neurological Music Therapy, which is evidence-based, applied worldwide in neurorehabilitation, and endorsed by the World Federation of Neurorehabilitation.
Dr. Thaut currently teaches as a Professor of Music at the University of Toronto with cross-applications in Rehabilitation and Neuroscience. His contributions to Neurologic Music Therapy are viewed as particularly important by ITA, as ITA currently employs 4 NMT therapists who had the honor of training under Thaut and his team. To underscore his service to the field of music therapy, ITA is happy to present Dr. Thaut with an award to represent his many accomplishments, which have in turn become the field’s accomplishments.
Named for ITA’s founding director, The Marilyn Richman Legacy Award honors individuals who have dedicated their careers to advancing creative arts as a therapeutic profession. ITA is pleased to recognize Dr. Thaut as a pioneer in the dynamic and developing music therapy field. Dr. Thaut has worked tirelessly to promote music therapy as a serious alternative for traditional medicine. He has contributed extensively to the field through his research, publications, and training of students and professionals. In recognition of Dr. Thaut’s numerous improvements he has offered to his profession, ITA identifies him as an ideal candidate for this award.
To witness Professor Thaut accept his award, you may purchase tickets to our upcoming celebration on April 28. Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/ita-rooted-in-the-arts-benefit-tickets-32470147084. Sponsorship information is available at https://itachicago.wufoo.com/forms/m1rb2aa0dp33h5/. You can also read about the event on our website at www.itachicago.org/events.