Molloy Shows Music Therapy Strength at International Conference in Japan

By Seung-A Kim

Molloy was well-represented at the 15th World Congress of Music Therapy, held in Tsukuba, Japan from July 4-8, with recent graduates and current professors in attendance and/or presenting. One of Molloy's main representatives was Seung-A Kim '97, Ph.D., LCAT, MT-BC and Director of Molloy's Undergraduate Music Therapy program.

Molloy Shows Music Therapy Strength at International Conference in Japan"It was so exciting to connect with recent graduates, many of whom are working in Japan and South Korea," said Dr. Kim, who graduated from Molloy in 1997 and has been teaching here for 13 years. "The strength of our program, particularly with international students, was so exciting to witness... They happily volunteered to talk about their experiences at Molloy at the Molloy Booth during the conference. They appreciated how Molloy prepared them to be effective music therapists."

Dr. Kim presented at the conference and was supported by the full Molloy contingent (see list below). She also taught a workshop to Japanese therapists and educators at Ogaki Women's College, where her fellow Molloy graduate, Ayako Konishi, '97, teaches.

"The entire experience was amazing," said Dr. Kim. "Before I went to Japan this summer, I visited Korea to interview/audition strong prospects for our new advanced training program, Analytical Music Therapy. "It was a very productive and meaningful trip to both countries, Korea and Japan. We have certainly created a Molloy international community!" 


  • Current student Kiyomi Kamiya
  • Current student Konomi Togura

Chengcheng Du, Molloy graduate '16, Music Therapist, Music and Wellness program works in China in which Barbara Wheeler, our former instructor, is the consultant. Ayako Konishi, Molloy graduate '97, Professor at Ogaki Women's College, Japan Aiko Onitsuka, Molloy graduate '13, Graduate Student at Jyväskylä University, Finland Kotoe Suzuki (former instructor) Barbara Wheeler (former instructor) Seung-A Kim (faculty)  

Molloy Graduates who currently work in Asia but could not attend the WCMT conference:

  • Seulgi Kim '11, Music Therapist, Korea
  • Matsuri Imura '13, Music Therapist, Japan
  • Midori Osorto '11, Music Therapy Consultant, Japan

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