Meadows School of the Arts 2017
Robert Krout, professor of music therapy in Meadows School of the Arts, joined the SMU faculty in 2004. He earned a B.M. in vocal music education at Ithaca College, followed by three degrees from Columbia University: M.A. in music therapy, M.Ed. in special education and D.Ed. in music education with a focus on music therapy and technology. He chaired the music therapy department from 2004 until his retirement. He also served the Division of Music for a year as associate director for academic affairs and for a semester as interim director. His published research includes applications of technology in music therapy, songwriting and guitar innovations in music therapy, developing evidence-based treatment techniques, music therapy education and training, and music therapy in end-of-life hospice and palliative care and bereavement. He received the SMU Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor Award, "M" Award, University Scholar/Teacher of the Year Award from the United Methodist Church and the Meadows Foundation Distinguished Teaching Professor Award, among other professional honors. Professor Krout was also a founding Faculty in Residence, living and engaging with students and residence life staff in Mary Hay/Peyton/Shuttles Commons. He retires as Professor Emeritus of Music Therapy.