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Professor, Music Therapy

Academic Areas:
Music Therapy, Guitar, Music and World Cultures, Music Appreciation

Ph.D. in Music Education/Music Therapy, University of Kansas
M.MEd. in Music Education/Music Therapy, University of Georgia
A.B. in Music University of Georgia
Board Certified in Music Therapy (MT-BC)

(940) 898-2514

Dr. Hadsell is Professor of Music, with a focus on music therapy. She has taught at Texas Woman’s University since 1984 and served as Coordinator of the Music Therapy Program from that time until last year when she turned that responsibility over to Dr. Michael Zanders in anticipation of her retirement in August 2017. Prior to her tenure at TWU, she served as Director of Music Therapy for Tennessee Technological University (1977-1981) and as a Music Therapist for the DeKalb-Rockdale Psycho-educational Center in DeKalb County, Georgia (1974-1977). She teaches courses in the music therapy program at the graduate and undergraduate levels, along with Music and World Cultures, and Music Appreciation (distance learning). She has served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Certification Board for Music Therapists (2000-2003 and 2005-2011), acting as Secretary/Treasurer for that organization. Dr. Hadsell is a past-president of the Southwestern Region of the American Music Therapy Association (2003-2005) and currently serves as the SWAMTA representative to the AMTA Research Committee. She has also represented the Southwestern, Midwestern, and Southeastern Regions on the AMTA Assembly of Delegates for many years and was a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Music Therapy from 2000 through 2006.

Dr. Hadsell has published articles on the effects of music listening on musicians and non-musicians, the uses of structure in music therapy practice, music therapy practicum, Autoharp® skills for music therapy, music therapy practice with children with Rett Syndrome, and private practice in music therapy. She has presented at professional conferences on many topics related to the practice of music therapy, the CBMT Scope of Practice, legislative/regulatory affairs, clinical techniques in music therapy, behavior management strategies, and exam preparation using the CBMT Self Assessment Examination. She is listed in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers (1996) and has been a member of Phi Beta Kappa since 1972. She was recently awarded the prestigious Humphries Award (2016) for Dedication to Texas Woman’s University. The Southwestern Region of AMTA awarded her the Lifetime Leadership Award at its regional conference in Austin in Spring 2016.


0Course numbers and titles:


MU 1021, 1031, 2061, 2081 Keyboard Musicianship I, II, III, IV

MU 2512 Introduction to Music Therapy

MU 2522 Music Skills for Therapy, Recreation, and Special Education

MU 2713 Understanding the Arts: Music (online)

MU 3301 Guitar Class

MU 3713 Music and World Cultures

MU 4513, 4523, and 4533 Music in Therapy I, II, and III


MU 5533 Philosophies and Theories of Music Therapy

MU 5643 Research in Music and Behavior

MU 5203 Practicum in Music Therapy

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