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Andrea Crimmins

Associate Professor of Music Therapy
School of Music
Julian Hall - JH 54
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Dr. Crimmins began teaching music therapy at Illinois State University in 2009. She received her doctorate in music therapy from the University of Kansas where her main area of study was related to aggression disorders and abnormal psychology. Prior to college teaching, she was a music therapist and treatment team coordinator at a state forensic psychiatric facility. Additionally, she possesses clinical experience working in addiction recovery, hospice, dementia care, and long term residential care serving people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Dr. Crimmins is active in the profession internationally, nationally, and locally. She has presented at numerous conferences and workshops. Currently, she is a member of the Board of Directors for the Certification Board of Music Therapists.

Current Courses

443.001Applying Counseling Approaches In Music Therapy

442.001Current Trends & Issues In Music Therapy

499.004Independent Research For The Master's Thesis

498.002Professional Practice:Music Therapy Internship

459.001Application Of Systematic Research Methods To Music

299.002Independent Honor Study

499.003Independent Research For The Master's Thesis

499.204Independent Research For The Master's Thesis - Last Term

340.001Influence Of Music Upon Behavior

498.002Professional Practice:Music Therapy Clinical Project

Teaching Interests & Areas

Graduate Thesis Advisement
Influence of Music on Behavior
Current Trends in Music Therapy
The Use of Music Therapy in Mental Health

PhD Music Therapy

University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS

MM Music Therapy

Illinois State University
Normal, IL

BA Music-Voice

Millikin University
Decatur, IL


Crimmins, A. How Music Therapy Can Improve Both Physical and Mental Health. Shaun Newell-edited podcast (EDs), I've Got a Feeling. Google Podcasts, Apple Podcast, Amazon, and Spotify (2022)


The Influence of Music on Behavior. Truman State Univeristy Music Therapy Students. Truman State Univeristy. (2022)
The Use of Music for Enhancing Cognition in Older Adults. Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Neurologic Communication Disorders and Cognitive Wellness Lab. ISU Communications Disorders Department. (2020)