Student, Tabor College, 1952. BMusEdn, University Kansas, 1955. MMusEdn, University Kansas, 1956.
Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education, University Kansas, 1967.
Teacher music Tonganoxie High School, Kansas, 1955-1956, Stafford Junior and Senior High School, 1959-1960, Labette County High School, Altamont, 1960-1962, Shawnee Mission North High School, 1962-1963. Assistant professor, director psychology of music laboratory Michigan State University, East Lansing, 1965-1969. Professor, chairman department art and music education and music therapy University Kansas, Lawrence, 1969-1993, director Singing Jayhawks, 1979-1983, professor, director music education and music therapy division, 1993—2004, professor, interim chair department music and dance, 2000-2001, professor, director graduate studies, music education and music therapy, director Center for Research on Music Behavior, since 2001.
Associate director Kansas North Central Association Colleges and Schools, 1992-2000. Consultant, visiting professor University Hawaii, Honolulu, summer 1978. Consultant, visiting professor University Melbourne, Australia, summer 1981.
Consultant, lecturer New Zealand Society for Music Therapy, Wellington, 1983, Center for Contemporary Music Research, Athens, 1991, University Thessaloniki, Greece, 1993, Korean Association for Music Therapy, 1994, 97, Sook Myung University, Seoul, 1997. Consultant functional music applications, since 1967, Deakin University, Geelong, Victoria, Australia, 1990.
Member American Association for the Advancement of Science, Music Educators National Conference, American Music Therapy Association, MusicEdn. Research Council (chairman 1980-1982), British Society for Music Therapy, Australian Music Therapy Association, Council for Research in Music Education, Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Mu Alpha, Phi Delta Kappa.
Married Patricia Gay Beers, June 3, 1961. Children– Mark Jeffrey, Joseph Scott, Cynthia Elizabeth.