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Michael Viega

Associate Professor, Cali School of Music

Chapin Hall
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DR. VIEGA, who received his Ph.D. from Temple University in 2013, joins the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University as an Assistant Professor of Music in Music Therapy. Dr. Viega has published and presented internationally on a wide range of topics such as Hip Hop and music therapy, arts-based research methodologies, digital technology and therapeutic songwriting, and music therapy and adolescent development. As a music therapy clinician, he has worked extensively with children and adolescents who have experienced childhood adversity and trauma, and is a Fellow in the Association of Music and Imagery. He serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Music Therapy, Music Therapy Perspectives, and Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy. He is currently the President of the Mid-Atlantic Region of the American Music Therapy Association (MAR-AMTA).

Select Recent Publications

Viega, M. (2018). A humanistic understanding of the use of digital technology in therapeutic songwriting. Music Therapy Perspectives.

Viega, M. and Baker, F.A. (2017). Remixing identity: Creating meaning from songs
written by patients recovering from a spinal cord injury. Journal of Applied Arts & Health, 8(1), 57-73. doi: 10.1386/jaah.8.1.57_1

Viega, M. (2016). Exploring the discourse in Hip Hop and implications for music
therapy. Music Therapy Perspectives, 34(2). 138-146. doi: 10.1093/mtp/miv035

Viega, M. & Baker, F. (2016). What’s in a song? Combining Analytical and Arts-based Analysis
for Songs Created by Songwriters with Neurodisabilities. Nordic Journal of Music Therapy. doi: 10.1080/08098131.2016.1205651

Viega, M. & Forinash, M. (2016). Arts-based research. In B. Wheeler & K. Murphy (Eds.) Music therapy research (3rd Edition). Barcelona Publisher.

Viega, M. (2016). Science as art: Axiology as a central component in methodology
and evaluation of arts-based research (ABR). Music Therapy Perspectives. doi: 10.1093/mtp/miv043

Viega, M. (2016). Performing “Rising from the Ashes:” Arts-based research results
from the study “Loving me and my butterfly wings: An analysis of Hip Hop songs written by adolescents in music therapy.” doi: 10.1093/mtp/miv044


Music Therapy and Adolescent Development
Arts-based Research Methodologies
Humanistic Digital Technology and Music Therapy
Popular Music Cultures and Music Therapy


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