SWOSU Music Therapy Students Attend Conference and Planning 30th Anniversary


SWOSU Music Therapy
Southwestern Oklahoma State University’s music therapy program is preparing to celebrate its 30th anniversary on the Weatherford campus this spring. Current music therapy students include (front from left): Jorja Hammond, Courteney Harrald, Beth Sommerfeld, Jennifer Sandwell, Rebecca Cantrell, Melissa McCormick and Amanda King. Back from left—Ai-Hsuan Emily Liu, Melissa Burcham, SWOSU Music Therapy faculty Yu-Chin Anthea Lin, Samantha Carson, Justin Petron, Diamond McConnell, Leigha Gorton, Kyle Chai, Davison Nguyen and SWOSU-MTSA sponsor Dr. ChihChen Sophia Lee. Not pictured are Brittany Carter, Mary Hull, John Kim, Miranda McCool, Brooke Roulet, Monica Sallaway, Deniel Serna, Mackenzie Starks, Victor Wolf, Valerie Joy Yocum and Haley Woolsey.

Seven Southwestern Oklahoma State University music therapy students are attending the 2011 American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) annual conference in Atlanta (GA) on November 17-20 and the SWOSU program is preparing to celebrate its 30th anniversary on the Weatherford campus.

Melissa Burcham and Rebecca Cantrell, both of Oklahoma City; Jorja Hammond, Amarillo (TX); Courteney Harrald, Siloam Springs (AR); Ai-Hsuan Emily Liu, Kaohsiung, Taiwan; Melissa McCormick, Midwest City; and Beth Sommerfeld, Derby (KS) and SWOSU program director Dr. ChihChen Sophia Lee are all participating in the national conference, which will feature five special music therapy training institutes, 29 continuing music therapy education (CMTE) courses and about 200 concurrent sessions on the most recent academic and clinical researches by music therapists around the world. 

Dr. Lee, who serves on the AMTA Academic Program Approval Committee and is  president-elect of the Southwestern Region of the American Music Therapy Association, will present a six-hour CMTE course: One in Harmony: Clinical and Educational Strategies in Multicultural Music Therapy and another concurrent session: A Music Therapy Educator’s Faculty Load: Taking Care of Yourself While Meeting the Needs of Your Students with fellow music therapy educators and clinicians.   

The school year of 2011-12 also marks the 30th anniversary of the SWOSU Music Therapy program. Founded in 1981, the program currently has approximately 30 students who are actively involved in local and state-sponsored research and service learning projects. A PowerPoint presentation in celebrating the history of SWOSU Music Therapy may be found at http://faculty.swosu.edu/sophia.lee/SWOSU-MT-30-anniversary.ppsx.

The SWOSU Music Therapy Student Association plans to host its annual Music Therapy Awareness Week on February 20-24 and will include the annual Music Therapy Awareness Expo at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, February 22, in the Ballroom of the SWOSU Memorial Student Center.  The date of the 30th anniversary SWOSU Music Therapy Alumni reunion in 2012 will be announced soon.

SWOSU has the only music therapy program in the state of Oklahoma, and graduates since 2002 have a 100% passing rate on the National Board Certification Exam for Music Therapists.   

For more information about the program, contact Dr. Lee at sophia.lee@swosu.edu.