Graduate Music Therapy Program Celebrates 10 Years

By Anthony Vela

The Graduate Music Therapy program celebrated its ten-year anniversary on Tuesday, December 4, 2018. Over one hundred attendees were on hand for the joyous occasion.

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"We celebrated the history of the program, and what makes our program unique such as a music-centered focus, scholarly research and music psychotherapy. We remembered the former Chair of Music and Director of undergraduate Music Therapy, who co-authored the M.S. program proposal with me, Evelyn Selesky, who passed away in 2014," said Suzanne Sorel, Associate Dean and Director of Graduate Music Therapy.

The development and success of Medical Music Therapy was highlighted by keynote speaker, Dr. Joanne Loewy, Director of the Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine at Mt. Sinai/Beth Israel. Assemblywoman Michaelle C. Solages, an advocate for music therapy in NYS was also in attendance and spoke.

A group of undergraduate music students performed at the beginning to set the mood, as did a group of graduate alumni. Faculty member Elizabeth Schwartz led the whole group in a song that she composed.

"I'm proud of how well prepared our graduates are to work in the ever changing world of healthcare. They are prepared musically, psychotherapeutically, and as new researchers. Many of them have become supervisors to the next generation of music therapy students," said Sorel.

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