Kyurim Kang

Kyurim Kang

Graduate Student

PhD. Candidate
Faculty of Music
University of Toronto
Advisor: Dr. Michael Thaut
Co-advisor: Dr. Tom Chau

Education & Training

Kyurim received her Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy from West Texas A&M University in 2011, and Master of Music in Music Therapy from Colorado State University in 2015.

During her internship at Fairview Developmental Center, Costa Mesa, California, in 2011, she worked with various populations, including those with developmental disabilities and intellectual disabilities. She also has experience with neurological disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease and stroke, while working in music and exercise groups at Colorado State University during her Master's. Her Master's thesis was titled “Musical Neglect Training for Unilateral Visual Neglect from Right Hemisphere Stroke.”

Kyurim spent the first year of her PhD studies in Brainwaves Research Labs at Colorado State University. She transferred to the University of Toronto in Fall 2016 to continue working with her supervisor, Dr. Thaut, who is a founder of Neurologic Music Therapy.

Research Interests

Kyurim's current research is focused on brainwave synchrony between a non-verbal child with cerebral palsy, a parent, and a music therapist during music therapy sessions. Moreover, she is interested in Neurological Music Therapy with stroke, Parkinson’s diseases, and Alzheimer’s diseases.

Other Interests

In her free time, Kyurim enjoys cooking, watching movies, and reading. She loves snowboarding, hiking, swimming, and playing golf (almost any kind of exercise).