Dr. David Smith is Professor of Music and teaches methodology and research oriented classes at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He has conducted, published, and reported on research in relation to special learners in music classrooms, preparing early childhood educators, and older adult learners at local, regional and national music education and music therapy conferences since the mid 80's.
His research activities have been reported in a variety of peer reviewed journals including: Journal of Music Therapy, Music Therapy Perspectives, Council for Research in Music Education Bulletin, Journal of the International Association of Music for the Handicapped, Southeastern Journal of Music Education. Dr. Smith has provided significant service to the music therapy profession, serving from 1994-1997 as Vice-President and President-Elect of the National Association for Music Therapy, in 1997 chairing the transition team which led the efforts to merge the two existing music therapy associations into the American Music Therapy Association, and in 1998 becoming the first President of the new association.
He received his Master's degree from Michigan State University and completed doctoral work at Florida State University.
He was appointed to the faculty of the School of Music at Western Michigan in 1995