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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 and Coordinator of Music Therapy, having taught at Texas Woman’s University since 1984. 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 Psychoeducational 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 is a member of the Board of Directors for the Certification Board for Music Therapists, 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 holds the position of Historian on the Board of Directors for SWAMTA. 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. Her current scholarly interests include topics related to music therapy education and issues in legislative/regulatory affairs related to the practice of music therapy throughout the United States.  She is listed in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers (1996) and has been a member of Phi Beta Kappa since 1972.

Course 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
MU 3302 Guitar Class
MU 3713 Music and World Cultures
MU 4513, 4523 Music in Therapy I, II
MU 4533 Professional Ethics, Clinical Techniques, and Reimbursement in Music Therapy


MU 5533 Philosophies and Theories of Music Therapy
MU 5643 Research in Music and Behavior
MU 5913 Graduate Practicum in Music Therapy


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