Associate Professor, Director of Music Therapy
Music and Performing Arts Professions
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.
- 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.