Monday, April 15, 2013

Music Therapists Giving Back to Students

This post is the second in a series featuring the extensive network of individuals who support the undergraduate music therapy program at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College through special guest lectures! Skype allows us to connect with professionals from around the country, some of whom teach in our graduate (MAMT) and/or distance equivalency (MTED) programs. These engaging lecturers come from diverse backgrounds and perspectives, and it is our pleasure to introduce three more dynamic individuals who contribute to our curriculum – Bonnie Hayhurst, who spoke about the use of the iPad in music therapy, Rachelle Norman, who spoke about her work with adults with developmental disabilities, and Ann Hannan, who spoke about music therapy in pediatric intensive care and family-centered care in pediatric hospitals!

Bonnie Hayhurst, MT-BC

Bonnie Hayhurst, MT-BC is a board certified music therapist, neurologic music therapist and owner of The Groovy Garfoose. Bonnie shares her love for technology and the iPad in music therapy through her blog,, and as an instructor of the online CMTE course "There's An App For That" on You can follow Bonnie on Twitter and Facebook.

Rachelle Norman, MA, MT-BC
                                                                Rachelle Norman is a board-certified music therapist, with bachelor and master degrees in music therapy. She owns Soundscape Music Therapy, a private practice serving older adults and their caregivers in the Kansas City metropolitan area. She also has a weekly blog and monthly e-newsletter filled with information about using music to improve your own health and well-being and to take care of the people you love. Rachelle also created Soundscaping Source, an online community and resource for eldercare professionals who use music in their work. Find Rachelle on the web at and

Ann Hannan, MT-BC
Ann Hannan, MT-BC has provided music therapy services at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health since 2000. She has served patients and families throughout the entire inpatient hospital and currently focuses on critical care and medically fragile infants. Ann is specifically interested in how the family unit is affected by the intensive care environment and utilizes a Family Centered Care approach to address areas such as pain management, support for agitation, sibling/parent support, and ongoing developmental support. Ann is also currently exploring evidenced-based ways to support infants suffering from neurological devastation and distress.

--Authored by Cathleen Flynn, Music Therapy Assistant

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