After a very full summer for students and faculty, everyone returned for the first day of classes yesterday to kick off fall 2012. The sun was shining and the new students looked a bit overwhelmed with the massive amounts of information being given. It is bittersweet to know that our seniors have just this year (and in some cases, one semester) remaining at the Woods. And it is wonderful to hear music coming out of the windows of the Conservatory again after a quiet summer.
In August, the new semester started for the graduate students in the Master of Arts in Music Therapy (MAMT). Jillian Storm ('12), who just graduated from the Woods with her Bachelor of Science in Music Therapy and recently became a board-certified music therapist (MT-BC), started the MAMT program with the new cohort. We also currently have two students completing music therapy internships: Nicole Gilberti (at Opportunities for Positive Growth) and Briana Priester (at Riley Hospital for Children). Briana was recently photographed at Riley as part of a news story in the Indianapolis newspaper. Check her out in images 10-12 at this link leading music therapy sessions.
In mid-August, SMWC launched the Music Therapy Distance Equivalency Program-the first of its kind world-wide. This program allows individuals who have music degrees to complete requirements necessary to sit for the music therapy national board examination...and allows them to complete this program without having to move to complete the program. This was a successful first residency, and gratitude is expressed to Dr. Tracy Richardson for creating such an innovative program! Another interesting fact is that the adjunct faculty teaching the first courses are graduates of our very own MAMT program!
Finally, this year marks two important anniversaries/birthdays for our department. 1) The beautiful Conservatory building turns 100 this year, having been built in 1913, and 2) The SMWC Music Therapy program turns 30-years-old! We are looking forward to a great year ahead!