Sheridan College to offer Music Therapy course

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Aug. 5, 2014

Contact: Wendy Smith (307) 674-6446 ext. 2801/Email wsmith @ sheridan.edu

Sheridan College to offer Music Therapy course

Sheridan College will offer a new course, Introduction to Music Therapy, this fall semester.

Intro to Music Therapy will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays throughout the fall semester, from 10-10:50 a.m. It is a two-credit course taught by board certified music therapist Michele Folster, a graduate of Sheridan College and Utah State University.

MusicTechS11 IMG_7122djmedres“The Intro to Music Therapy class will cover historical background of music therapy, professional music therapy organizations, clinical settings and populations served, education and certification requirements, the role of music and music therapist in the therapy process, treatment strategies with specific populations, as well as looking at the musical self,” Folster said.

Registration is open now and classes begin Wednesday, Sept. 3.

“We are excited to diversify our academic offerings within the Fine and Performing Arts programs and pioneer a music therapy course for the region,” said Sheridan College music faculty Dr. Christian Erickson.

Music therapy, according to the American Music Therapy Association, “is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program.”

Simply put, “music therapy is the clinical use of music to work toward an individual’s specific needs,” said Folster, a Sheridan native.

In order to become a music therapist, one must complete an approved program, which includes a variety of classes, practicums and internships, and pass the Certification Board exam.

“Music therapists work with all age groups,” Folster said. “Examples include but are not limited to expectant mothers with music-assisted child birth, NICU (neonatal ICU), hospitalized children and adults, children and adults with developmental disabilities, children and adults diagnosed with Autism, seniors in assisted living as well as seniors with dementia or Alzheimer’s.”

Music therapists work in a variety of settings to meet these individual’s needs, including hospitals, schools, in-home, assisted living or long-term care, and in clinics, Folster said.

“The Intro to Music Therapy course is part of a group of rotating courses we are developing that give students an opportunity to explore a specialized area in music other than general music or performance before they transfer to a four-year institution,” Dr. Erickson said.

To register for courses at Sheridan College, call 674-6446, ext. 2000.

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