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Music Therapy Awareness Expo Planned Wednesday at SWOSU

Southwestern Oklahoma State University’s Music Therapy Awareness Week 2018 is being celebrated from Monday, February 19, through Friday, February 23, on the Weatherford campus with the highlight being an awareness expo on Wednesday.

The 11th annual Music Therapy Awareness Expo will be held on Wednesday, February 21, from 4-5 p.m. in the Memorial Student Center Ballroom. Everyone is invited and admission is free.

Dr. ChihChen Sophia Lee, MT-BC, director of the music therapy program at SWOSU, said participants will experience the power of music therapy via Drum Circle, an active music making technique of music therapy, facilitated by SWOSU music therapy students. Musicians of melodic instruments are encouraged to bring their instruments along for the experience.

Honored guests for Wednesday’s activities include music therapists Roseland Cravens, MT-BC of  the Alliance Health Midwest Regional Hospital; SWOSU alumni Rachel Nowels, LPMT, MT-BC (2003),  Alexandra Robison, LPMT, MT-BC (2017), Stephanie Bates, MT-BC (2017) and Shelby Word (2018); Jennifer Schafer, MT-BC of the Children Center Rehabilitation Hospital; Rebecca McCoy, LPMT, MT-BC of Oakwood Spring Behavioral Hospital; and Emily Manhorn, MT-BC of the University of Oklahoma (OU) Children’s Hospital.

Upper class music therapy students will also showcase their clinical practices via oral and poster presentations in early intervention, pediatric medicine, school-age children and adolescents with special needs, adolescent acute physical rehabilitation, at-risk youth adult physical rehabilitation, women and children experiencing domestic violence, and geriatrics.

The activities are organized by the SWOSU Music Therapy Student Association (SWOSU-MTSA.

Additional celebratory events include a book display at the Al Harris Library and cereal bowl sales from 9 a.m. until 12 noon on Tuesday and Thursday to help raise funds for attendance to the Southwestern Region of American Music Therapy Association Annual Conference on April 5-7, 2018 in Lubbock (TX).

SWOSU has the longest standing music therapy undergraduate and equivalency/certification programs in the state of Oklahoma (approved by the former National Association for Music Therapy in 1981) and is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and American Music Therapy Association. The Master of Music in Music Therapy has received the approval by the National Association of Schools of Music in 2016.

SWOSU graduates since 2002 have a near 100% passing rate on the National Board Certification Exam for Music Therapists. There are over 50 students currently in the SWOSU music therapy program and their researches have been accepted by the National Conference of Undergraduate Research as well as the AMTA and the SW Region of AMTA Annual Conferences. The new SWOSU Music Therapy Center is located at 103 E. Davis, featuring spaces for 1:1 and small group music therapy services provided by three music therapy faculty members and a graduate assistant, all national board-certified music therapists, available for the general public per inquiry.

Signed by Governor Mary Fallin in 2016, music therapy is now a state-regulated licensed profession in the State of Oklahoma; licensed music therapists carry the credential of Licensed Professional Music Therapist (LPMT).

For additional information about the expo and music therapy degree plans, contact Lee at (580) 774-3218.