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Robin Rio

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Assoc Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 0405
Assoc Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 0405
Assoc Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 0405
Biography

Robin Rio, MA, MT-BC, began her work at Arizona State University in 1998 as Assistant Professor of Music Therapy, achieving the rank of Associate Professor at ASU in 2004. Robin is Director of the ASU Music Therapy Clinic, providing programming and services to people with diverse needs. In 2010 a new community outreach focus, “THE CENTER” at the ASU Music Therapy Clinic was established to reach larger groups in the community, with broader applications in wellness and recreational programming. Community partners in collaboration with Ms. Rio include Kymla Eubanks, MT-BC and Kerry Draney, MT-BC of Higher Octave Healing, who provide Life Coaching, Adaptive Yoga, Support Groups and an Arts Camp for children with Special Needs, in addition to traditional individualized and small group music therapy. Frank Thompson, founder of AZ Rhythm Connections, has partnered to provide hand drumming and drum circle facilitation to community members, as well as training for ASU Music Therapy students, through a grant from REMO. Frank provides organizational and business expertise, and is a seasoned veteran of large group leadership. Nate Anderson, founder of Ear Candy Charity, has partnered with ASU MT through THE CENTER, in the way of leadership and support for music education through high quality donated instruments and collaboration with many community volunteers whose main focus is bringing music education and therapy to underserved populations.

Associate Professor Rio teaches undergraduate and graduate classes for the ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts Music Therapy Program, including: Repertoire for Music Therapy, Music Therapy as a Behavioral Science, Music in Recreation, Introduction to Music Therapy, Clinical Supervision and Administration for Music Therapy, Advanced Practice in Music Therapy, Improvisation, and Accompaniment. Outside the classroom, Ms. Rio provides supervision to students who are doing clinical placements and internships in the ASU MT Clinic and in the many outreach programs in the community.

Since her arrival at ASU, Robin Rio has focused her research in music therapy on clinical applications including: Children at-Risk, Adolescent Offenders in treatment for Conduct Disorder and related Psychiatric issues, Homeless Adults in Recovery, Older Adults with Dementia, and hospitalized Oncology patients. She has published her work in Music Therapy Perspectives, The Arts in Psychotherapy, Southwest Parkinson News, Nursing Spectrum, the Nordic Journal of Music Therapy, The Journal of Music Therapy, and has a book chapter on Effective Music Therapy Practice with the Elderly with the Portuguese Society of Music Therapy. In 2009, her first book, “Connecting Through Music with People with Dementia: A Guide for Caregivers” was published with Jessica Kingsley, providing simple therapeutic music techniques for use by laypersons and music students.

In addition to her publications in music therapy, Robin has presented her work nationally and internationally at conferences and for professional continuing education and training workshops. She is on the faculty of the graduate music therapy program at Universidade Lusiada in Lisbon, Portugal, where she lectures regularly on clinical foundations in music therapy. She has had her work presented for the World Congress of Music Therapy in Oxford, England, and in Seoul, Korea. She is completing a ten- year term on the editorial board for Music Therapy Perspectives, a journal of the American Association of Music Therapy. Her most recent research focuses on Strength Based Improvisation, a method that is being developed for professional music therapists' advanced training in clinical improvisation.

Ms. Rio has served the American Association of Music Therapy as the Western Region Vice President and Conference Chair, a member of the Assembly of Delegates, Chair of the Affiliate Relations Committee, member of the Judicial Review Board, and served on several nominating committees. She continues to keep musically active participating in performances with “Synaptic Soul,” an eclectic pop-rock group, and “Daughters of Harriet,” a chanting group that facilitates large circles of song and vocal expression for the music therapy community. "Daughters of Harriet" released, "You are a Song" in 2009, and the group can be heard at the American Music Therapy Association conferences as well as in various interactive performances in the western region.

Robin Rio received her Bachelor's Degree in Music Therapy from East Carolina University in 1985 and her Master of Arts in Music Therapy from New York University in 1994. She began her clinical career working with children with severe developmental delays, and then became a music therapist in the long-term care setting working with the elderly, becoming an internship supervisor, and teaching for the City University of New York at Bayside Community College in Queens, NY, from 1994-1998.
 

Research Interests

Research interests include: Music therapy in group work for developing personal insight; Strength-Based Improvisation for therapists and educators; Music and Dementia.

Research Activity
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
MUE 476Internship in Music Therapy
MUE 492Honors Directed Study
MUE 493Honors Thesis
MUE 499Individualized Instruction
MUE 501Intro to Music Therapy
MUE 567Professional Practicum I
MUE 569Professional Practicum II
MUE 584Internship
MUE 586Music Therapy Grad Clinical Pr
MUE 590Reading and Conference
MUE 599Thesis
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
MUE 161Introduction to Music Therapy
MUE 441Psychology of Music
MUE 476Internship in Music Therapy
MUE 492Honors Directed Study
MUE 493Honors Thesis
MUE 499Individualized Instruction
MUE 569Professional Practicum II
MUE 572Music Therapy Seminar II
MUE 584Internship
MUE 586Music Therapy Grad Clinical Pr
MUE 589Repertoire for Music Therapy
MUE 590Reading and Conference
MUE 599Thesis
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
MUE 476Internship in Music Therapy
MUE 492Honors Directed Study
MUE 493Honors Thesis
MUE 494Special Topics
MUE 499Individualized Instruction
MUE 501Intro to Music Therapy
MUE 567Professional Practicum I
MUE 569Professional Practicum II
MUE 571Music Therapy Sem I: Supr & Ad
MUE 574Music Therapy Music Skills I
MUE 575Music Therapy Music Skills II
MUE 584Internship
MUE 586Music Therapy Grad Clinical Pr
MUE 590Reading and Conference
MUE 598Special Topics
MUE 599Thesis
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
MUE 476Internship in Music Therapy
MUE 489Repertoire for Music Therapy
MUE 492Honors Directed Study
MUE 493Honors Thesis
MUE 499Individualized Instruction
MUE 569Professional Practicum II
MUE 573Music Therapy Seminar III/Lab
MUE 584Internship
MUE 586Music Therapy Grad Clinical Pr
MUE 589Repertoire for Music Therapy
MUE 590Reading and Conference
MUE 599Thesis
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
MUE 476Internship in Music Therapy
MUE 492Honors Directed Study
MUE 493Honors Thesis
MUE 494Special Topics
MUE 499Individualized Instruction
MUE 501Intro to Music Therapy
MUE 567Professional Practicum I
MUE 569Professional Practicum II
MUE 572Music Therapy Seminar II
MUE 573Music Therapy Seminar III/Lab
MUE 584Internship
MUE 586Music Therapy Grad Clinical Pr
MUE 590Reading and Conference
MUE 598Special Topics
MUE 599Thesis
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
MUE 590Reading and Conference
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
MUE 161Introduction to Music Therapy
MUE 489Repertoire for Music Therapy
MUE 492Honors Directed Study
MUE 493Honors Thesis
MUE 494Special Topics
MUE 499Individualized Instruction
MUE 569Professional Practicum II
MUE 571Music Therapy Sem I: Supr & Ad
MUE 574Music Therapy Music Skills I
MUE 575Music Therapy Music Skills II
MUE 586Music Therapy Grad Clinical Pr
MUE 589Repertoire for Music Therapy
MUE 590Reading and Conference
MUE 598Special Topics
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
MUE 161Introduction to Music Therapy
MUE 261Music Therapy-Behavioral Sci
MUE 494Special Topics
MUE 499Individualized Instruction
MUE 501Intro to Music Therapy
MUE 573Music Therapy Seminar III/Lab
MUE 586Music Therapy Grad Clinical Pr
MUE 590Reading and Conference
MUE 598Special Topics
MUE 599Thesis
MUE 790Reading and Conference
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
MUE 161Introduction to Music Therapy
MUE 489Repertoire for Music Therapy
MUE 494Special Topics
MUE 499Individualized Instruction
MUE 569Professional Practicum II
MUE 572Music Therapy Seminar II
MUE 574Music Therapy Music Skills I
MUE 575Music Therapy Music Skills II
MUE 586Music Therapy Grad Clinical Pr
MUE 589Repertoire for Music Therapy
MUE 590Reading and Conference
MUE 598Special Topics
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
MUE 161Introduction to Music Therapy
MUE 211Music in Recreation
MUE 261Music Therapy-Behavioral Sci
MUE 494Special Topics
MUE 501Intro to Music Therapy
MUE 571Music Therapy Sem I: Supr & Ad
MUE 586Music Therapy Grad Clinical Pr
MUE 598Special Topics
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
MUE 161Introduction to Music Therapy
MUE 489Repertoire for Music Therapy
MUE 494Special Topics
MUE 499Individualized Instruction
MUE 569Professional Practicum II
MUE 574Music Therapy Music Skills I
MUE 575Music Therapy Music Skills II
MUE 586Music Therapy Grad Clinical Pr
MUE 589Repertoire for Music Therapy
MUE 598Special Topics
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