Shannon K. de l'Etoile, Ph.D.

Title/Position: Associate Dean, Graduate Studies, Professor, Music Therapy

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What would you say are the outstanding highlights of your professional life?

Recognized as a Fellow of the Robert F. Unkefer Academy for Neurologic Music Therapy, Center for Biomedical Research in Music, Colorado State University

Invited to give the keynote presentation, “Introduction to Neurologic Music Therapy” at the annual meeting of the Japanese Society of Neurological Therapeutics, Yokohama, Japan

Manuscripts accepted to peer-reviewed journals, including Infant Behavior and Development, International Journal of Rehabilitation Research, Journal of Research in Music Education and Journal of Music Therapy

Received the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award from the University of Kansas

Received a performing arts scholarship throughout my undergraduate studies at Colorado State University and performed in the elite woodwind quintet, “Winds from the Rockies”

Why should a potential student choose the University of Miami?

For a student considering music therapy as a major, UM is the ideal choice. Students receive an exceptional musical preparation that translates directly into success in the clinical setting. Furthermore, students learn Neurologic Music Therapy—an evidence-based approach to clinical practice that is found in only seven universities nation-wide. Finally, our students receive twice the amount of clinical training that is required by national standards. Much of this training takes place on our nearby medical campus that houses numerous hospitals and clinics.

Why do you teach?

My teaching is motivated by both students and clients. When I prepare a music therapy course, I recall all the clients with whom I have worked as a therapist, such as a child with autism, a man with schizophrenia or a young woman who unexpectedly experienced a stroke. I want my students to excel in treating those same clients. Furthermore, what I don’t want is for students to merely imitate me. I want them to take what they learn, think critically about it, and eventually surpass my abilities. When students reach this level of thinking, they will feel satisfied and be successful in their chosen career. At the same time, their clients will receive the exceptional care that is needed to move toward independence and self-actualization.

Career Highlights:

Shannon K. de l’Etoile’s clinical background includes working with

adults with mental illness

children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral disorders

adults and children with developmental disabilities

adults and children with neurologic disorders

In addition, she worked as a research associate for the internationally-recognized Center for Biomedical Research in Music in Fort Collins, Colorado.  Her research focuses on exploring the ways that infants respond to infant-directed singing, and using infant-directed singing as a therapeutic intervention for at-risk mother-infant pairs. 

Her manuscripts have accepted to peer-reviewed journals, including

Infant Behavior and Development

International Journal of Rehabilitation Research

Journal of Research in Music Education

Journal of Music Therapy

Dr. de l’Etoile is a board-certified music therapist and current member of both the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA), and the Southeastern Region of the AMTA.

She is recognized as a Fellow of the Robert F. Unkefer Academy of Neurologic Music Therapy, has served on the editorial review board for the Journal of Music Therapy and is currently on the editorial review board for Music Therapy Perspectives.

Prof. de l’Etoile joined the Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music faculty in fall 2001.  She earned both her bachelors and masters degrees in music therapy from Colorado State University. 

In 1999, she received her doctorate in music education with an emphasis on music therapy from the University of Kansas. Prior to her current appointment, Dr. de l’Etoile taught music therapy at the University of Iowa and at Colorado State University.

Short Biography:

Shannon de l’Etoile, Ph.D., is associate dean, Graduate Studies, and professor for the Music Therapy program at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. Dr. de l’Etoile is a board-certified music therapist and current member of both the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA), and the Southeastern Region of the AMTA. She is recognized as a Fellow of the Robert F. Unkefer Academy of Neurologic Music Therapy, has served on the editorial review board for the Journal of Music Therapy and is currently on the editorial review board for Music Therapy Perspectives. Widely published, she earned both her bachelor and master’s degrees in music therapy from Colorado State University. She received her doctorate in music education with an emphasis on music therapy from the University of Kansas and joined the Frost School of Music faculty in fall 2001. Prior to her current appointment, Dr. de l’Etoile taught music therapy at the University of Iowa and at Colorado State University. Her clinical background includes working with adults with mental illness, children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral disorders, adults and children with developmental disabilities, and adults and children with neurologic disorders. She was previously a research associate for the internationally-recognized Center for Biomedical Research in Music in Fort Collins, Colorado where her research focused on exploring the ways that infants respond to infant-directed singing, and using infant-directed singing as a therapeutic intervention for at-risk mother-infant pairs.


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"Students sometimes don’t recognize their own potential. A good teacher will see that potential and encourage it to unfold." —Shannon K. de l’Etoile

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