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Marylhurst Welcomes New Music Therapy Program Director

Laura Beer has joined Marylhurst University as its director of music therapy. In her new role, she will oversee an undergraduate degree program that is among the university's most popular.

Beer has been a music therapist for 24 years, and most recently served as music therapy coordinator at Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass. She also taught and coordinated the music therapy internship program at Naropa University in Boulder, Colo. Beer has extensive clinical experience, and her research has been featured frequently in peer-reviewed journals. She also serves on the editorial board of Music Therapy Perspectives, a publication of the American Music Therapy Association. Beer earned her Ph.D. in higher education and student affairs leadership from the University of Northern Colorado.

"We're excited to have a teacher and practitioner as experienced as Laura join us at Marylhurst," said John Paul, chair of the Marylhurst Department of Music. "She's a nationally known music therapist and researcher who will provide critical support and guidance to our students as they move through our program and explore the array of career options available to them."

Music therapy is a growing field, as more hospitals, schools, care facilities and other organizations learn how to incorporate music as a therapeutic tool with those they serve. As part of their rigorous curriculum, Marylhurst music therapy students perfect their skills as both clinicians and musicians, and complete more than 1,200 hours of clinical practicum work prior to graduation.

Marylhurst's Bachelor of Music Therapy program is the only American Music Therapy Association-approved degree program in Oregon.

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About Marylhurst University

Marylhurst University, a private liberal arts university 10 miles south of Portland, Ore., on Highway 43, is regionally accredited and nationally recognized for innovation and academic excellence in serving adult learners. Founded in 1893, Oregon's oldest Catholic university serves more than 1,600 multigenerational students of all faiths and backgrounds. Marylhurst offers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degrees and professional certificate programs on campus and online, all of which integrate the liberal arts with professional studies and prepare graduates to be ethical leaders who think critically and creatively.

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