EDWARD ROTH, MM MT-BC, Professor of Music, teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in music therapy principles and procedures and serves as the Director of Music Therapy. He is both a national and international presenter, including Oxford, England, Salzburg, Austria, University of British Columbia (Vancouver, CA), University of Ramon Llull and Universitat Pampeu Fabra (Barcelona, Spain), National Institutes of Health (Bethesda, MD) and the University of Queensland, (Brisbane, Australia).
His current research interests include the basic neuroscience of improvisation where he employs fMRI and neurochemistry (oxytocin, ACTH, cortisol) approaches as well as the behavioral translation of clinical improvisation. He is a Fellow in the Academy for Neurologic Music Therapy and Director of the Brain Research and Interdisciplinary Neurosciences lab. Professor Roth currently serves on the Executive Committee for the Great Lakes Region of the American Music Therapy Association as well as Michigan Music Therapists. He received the B.M. degree in music therapy from Western Michigan University and the M.M. degree in music therapy from Colorado State University where he also served as a research assistant at the Center for Biomedical Research in Music.
He was appointed to the faculty of the School of Music
at Western Michigan University in 2000.