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Professor of Music, Coordinator of Vocal Studies

Academic Areas:
Music Therapy, Voice, World Music

Music Therapy, Voice, World Music

Ph.D. in Music Education, University of Kansas
M.A. in Vocal Performance, University of Denver
B.S. in Music Education, Duquesne University

Music Therapist-Board Certified (MT-BC)
Fellow of the Association for Music and Imagery (FAMI)

Phone: (940) 898-2523

Dr. Nicki Cohen has been a member of the TWU music faculty since 1992. She serves as the Coordinator of Vocal Studies and Professor of Music Therapy. Her publications include chapters in music therapy textbooks (i.e., Barcelona Press, Jessica Kingsley Publishers) and research articles in professional journals such as the Journal of Music Therapy, Music Therapy Perspectives, and the Journal of the Association for Music and Imagery. Her research topics include the effects of singing on speech production for persons with neurogenic communication disorders, graduate music therapy education, vocal considerations in music therapy practice, and the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music. Dr. Cohen has almost completed a book for Jessica Kingsley Publishers entitled, Advanced Methods of Music Therapy Practice

Dr. Cohen is a Fellow of the Association for Music and Imagery, offers Bonny Method sessions and supervisions, and has recently become a Primary Trainer for the Association for Music and Imagery. She teaches Bonny Method training course at TWU for graduate and continuing education credits.

Dr. Cohen is a regular presenter at professional conferences, has been invited to lecture on music therapy both in the United States and abroad, and has served as an external examiner for graduate theses from international universities. She is currently a member of the editorial board for the Journal of the Association for Music and Imagery. Her previous service contributions include membership on the Board of Directors for the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA), Council Coordinator for the AMTA Council on Education and Clinical Training, Chairperson of the AMTA Advisory Board for Education and Training, President of the Association for Music and Imagery (AMI), AMI Ethics Chairperson, and member of the AMI Competencies Committee.

Related Links:
Vocal Studies Home Page 
Nicki Cohen's Music Therapy and Bonny Method Website 
American Music Therapy Association 
Association for Music and Imagery 
National Association of Teachers of Singing
National Center for Voice and Speech

Courses numbers and titles:


MU 2091, 2092, 4091, 4092 Voice
MU 3402 Vocal Literature
MU 3442, 3452 Vocal Diction
MU 3713 Music and World Cultures
MU 4513 Music in Therapy I
MU 4633, 4643 Psychology of Music I and II


MU 5091, 5092 Voice
MU 5901 Music and Relaxation Techniques
MU 5901 Level One Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music
MU 5911 Advanced Music Therapy Techniques
MU 5543 Multicultural Perspectives in Music Therapy
MU 5553 Seminar in Music-Literature One (Vocal)
MU 5753, 5763 Pedagogy I and II
MU 5973 Professional Paper
MU 5983, 5993 Thesis

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