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Open Access From The Midwest To The Tropics: A History Of The Music Therapy Program At The University Of Miami

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University programs for music education and music therapy are typically partnered within music schools or departments. Consequently, the curricula for both programs may overlap to some extent and certain faculty may be assigned to teach in both areas. Due to this intertwining of disciplines, music education faculty may find themselves making decisions regarding music therapy program development. As the music therapy profession gains momentum within the medical community, the issue of academic program development emerges with paramount importance. From its 1969 inception to the present, the music therapy program at the University of Miami has been associated with several figures well-known in both music education and music therapy circles, including William F. Lee and Charles T. Eagle Jr. These individuals arrived in Miami with a wealth of knowledge and skills gleaned from prior experiences at other prominent universities. Their backgrounds and perspectives helped to create a curriculum based on the connection between music and medicine; a philosophy that has endured despite numerous changes in leadership. This review may help clarify issues that should be taken into consideration for music therapy program development, including university resources, curriculum and faculty.

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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: May 1, 2005

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