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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato
Continuing & Professional Education

Neurological Music Therapy:

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                       Collaborations with Speech-Language Pathologists                

                            Best Practices for Adults & Adolescents, and Practitioner Self Care         

Music, both motivating and enjoyable, can evoke a very basic human response which spans all degrees of ability/disability and all ages.  By utilizing various Music Therapy techniques, the development of communication skills, both verbal and non-verbal, can be enhanced.                       


 In this workshop, through lecture, demonstration, and experiential learning, we will discuss:

  • The neurobiology of processing music.
  • How music is used in a therapeutic manner to accomplish non-musical goals.
  • Co-treating with Speech-Language Pathologists.  

This workshop will help participants: 

  • Become familiar with how music works to change the brain.
  • Aquire practical applications in working with the populations noted above.
  • Learn hands-on activities to apply to daily practice. 
  • Videos, case examples, and experience with song writing for therapeutic purposes will be explored in an atmosphere of humor and fun! 

Date:  Saturday, November 1, 2014

Time:  8:00-3:30

Location: Centennial Student Union - Room # 33 (basement level)

Fee:  $125

(Continental Breakfast and Lunch will be provided.)



Melissa J. Wenszell, MM, MT-BC is a Board-Certified Music Therapist, with a Master of Music in Neuroligic Music Therapy.  Currently she is a Senior Music Therapist at the MacPhail Center for Music-Minneapolis, MN and Clinical Director for University-Affiliated Internships with UW-Eau Claire.  She has worked as a music therapist in a variety of medical settings, rehabilitation centers, schools, camps, and correctional facilities. Ms. Wenzell has also frequently presented at national, state, and community conferences and service organizations.