Twenty years of music therapy at Berklee College of Music — Suzanne Hanser

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Twenty years of music therapy at Berklee College of Music

Suzanne Hanser

Abstract

This report is an account of the establishment and progress of the Music Therapy Department and Institute at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. It is a retrospective look at 20 years of faculty/curriculum development, special initiatives, events, and trends in the education and training of music therapists. It offers some insights into the factors that guide programmatic focus and change.

Keywords

programme development, music therapy, curriculum, history of music therapy

Biography

Suzanne B. Hanser, EdD, MT-BC is Founding Chair of the Music Therapy Department at Berklee College of Music. Dr. Hanser is Past President of both the World Federation of Music Therapy and National Association for Music Therapy. She authored The New Music Therapist’s Handbook, co-authored Manage Your Stress and Pain, book and CD, with Dr. Susan Mandel, and wrote Integrative Health through Music Therapy: Accompanying the Journey from Illness to Wellness. She is the recipient of a National Research Service Award from NIA, the Sage Publications Prize, and American Music Therapy Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Email: shanser@berklee.edu