Michael Thaut was honored as a Stamps Distinguished Visitor during the 2006-2007 season at the University of Miami Frost School of Music as a key researcher on brain function in music.
He received his master’s and Ph.D. degrees in music from Michigan State University. Also a graduate of the Mozarteum Music Conservatory in Salzburg, Austria, he is currently a professor of music and of neuroscience at Colorado State University, where he has served as co-director of the School of the Arts and Chairman of the Department of Music, Theater, and Dance since 2001. He has also directed the Center for Biomedical Research in Music for ten years. Thaut has been a Visiting Professor at the Mozarteum Music Conservatory, University of Michigan/Ann Arbor, and Duesseldorf University Medical School and was recently appointed as visiting professor at Heidelberg University of Applied Sciences in the Department of Music Therapy.
Thaut’s internationally recognized research focuses on brain function in music, especially time information processing in the brain related to rhythmicity and biomedical applications of music to neurologic rehabilitation of cognitive and motor function. He received the National Research Award in 1993 and the National Service Award in 2001 from the American Music Therapy Association. Thaut has over 120 scientific publications and has authored/coauthored three books. His works have appeared in German, Japanese, Korean, Italian, and Spanish and have been featured in the media.
As a former professional violinist in the classic and folk genre, Thaut has produced several recordings of chamber and folk music in the U.S. and Germany and has toured extensively in Europe.