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Kenneth Aigen

Associate Professor, Director of Music Therapy

Music and Performing Arts Professions

212-998-5284

Kenneth Aigen is a music therapist whose clinical specialties include work with children and adolescents with emotional and developmental delays, and adults in mental health. His research uses musicological analyses to reveal connections between the elements of music and common cognitive, emotional, and physical goals in music therapy. He lectures internationally and has authored numerous publications on Nordoff-Robbins music therapy, popular music in music therapy, and qualitative research methodology. Three of his books--Paths of Development in Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy, Music-Centered Music Therapy, and The Study of Music Therapy: Current Issues and Concepts--have been translated into Japanese and Korean. Aigen is a past–president of the American Association for Music Therapy, a recipient of the Research and Publications Award from the American Music Therapy Association, and he was the scientific committee chairman for the Ninth World Congress of Music Therapy. Aigen received his doctorate from New York University in 1991 and for 15 years he was the research director and then co-director of the Nordoff-Robbins Center for Music Therapy at NYU. From 2006 until returning to Steinhardt in 2013, Aigen was an associate professor in music therapy at Temple University where he received the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching. In addition to his teaching duties at NYU, he maintains an active performing career.

Selected Publications

  • Aigen, K. & Hunter, B. (2018). The creation of the American Music Therapy Association: Two personal perspectives. Music Therapy Perspectives, 36(2), 183-194.
  • Aigen, K. (2014). Music-centered dimensions of Nordoff-Robbins music therapy. Music Therapy Perspectives, 32(1), 18-29.
  • Aigen, K. (2014). The study of music therapy: Central issues and concepts. New York: Routledge. 

Programs

Music Therapy

Music Therapy at NYU Steinhardt helps you combine your love of music and your commitment to helping others for a rewarding professional career.

Courses

Contemporary Music Therapy Theory

This advanced course involves in-depth explorations of contemporary frameworks in music therapy such as community music therapy, feminist music therapy, & resource-oriented music therapy. The course uses a colloquium format with student-led discussions. Students will develop the ability to critically evaluate the arguments underlying these orientations and to apply the thinking that characterizes contemporary orientations to their own clinical approaches.
Course #
MPAMT-GE 2944
Units
3
Term
Spring
Faculty

Professors

Kenneth Aigen ,
Department

Developing Presentations & Publications in Music Therapy

This course will help students gain the skills and knowledge required to develop effective professional communications in music therapy.This includes learning how to determine 1) the focus of the information to be shared with colleagues, 2) the form of communication best suited to delivering this information, and 3) the clinical, theoretical, and experiential elements that will best convey the writer’s/presenter’s message.During the course, students will develop a detailed outline for either a publication or an oral presentation.
Course #
MPAMT-GE 2945
Units
3
Term
Fall, Spring
Faculty

Professors

Kenneth Aigen ,
Department

Music Therapy Research

This course will provide an overview of qualitative, quantitative, & mixed-methods research in music therapy. It will focus on methodological issues such as philosophical foundations, design & implementation, & the functions of research reports specific to each type of research. Students will acquire the skills & knowledge required to critically evaluate research studies of all types.
Course #
MPAMT-GE 2933
Units
3
Term
Fall, Spring
Faculty

Professors

Kenneth Aigen ,
Department

Theory Development in Music Therapy

The historical development of theory and research in the field of music therapy will be examined. Students will each develop an individualized theoretical framework for the music therapy techniques and strategies that they have learned in their clinical internship.
Course #
MPAMT-GE 2943
Units
3
Term
Spring
Faculty

Professors

Kenneth Aigen ,
Department