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Alverno’s Music Therapy Program: A Long History of Success

The National Conference of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) was held this past October and, once again, Alverno faculty and students were honored for their many accomplishments. While several faculty and students were chosen to present at forums and sessions held throughout the conference and others were elected to leadership positions, several also received industry awards. The award honorees included:

Nancy Dexter-Schabow, instructor, received the Music Therapy Advocacy Founding Circle Award for her long-standing contributions to music therapy advocacy.

Sarah Hudziak, student, was awarded the first-ever Music Therapy Perspectives Undergraduate Research Award.

Nora Fronjian, student, received the National Conference Student Scholar Award.

Carissa Herhuth, student, received the AMTA Essay Scholarship Award.

Last year, Alverno’s Music Therapy Program celebrated 60 successful years, making it the oldest program in the state and the longest-running program in the country. Graduates of the program have a remarkable job placement rate and peers from around the country often remark on its excellent reputation.

“While at the conference, I was interviewed by a film director who is currently working on a film about music therapy,” explained Diane Knight, director of Music Therapy at Alverno. “He indicated that colleagues suggested our music therapy curriculum was one of the top in the country, so our involvement in the film would represent how music therapists who achieve excellence are prepared. It was proud moment!”

Nora Fronjian receives the National Conference Student Scholar Award from AMTA president, Mary Ellen Wylie.

Sarah Hudziak receives the Music Therapy Perspectives Undergraduate Research Award from AMTA president, Mary Ellen Wylie.