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Laura Beer, Ph.D., ACMT

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Director, Music Therapy Program
Department of Music
503.534.7052
lbeer@marylhurst.edu

Education

Ph.D., University of Northern Colorado
MA, New York University
BA, Smith College

Instrument/Subject

Music Therapy

About
Laura Beer has extensive clinical experience as a music therapist, having trained with Clive and Carol Robbins at the Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Center in New York City and worked in the field for over 24 years.

Her most recent clinical experience is as a music therapist in hospice care; during this time she received national recognition for her work. She is an established researcher and author in peer-reviewed journals, a published songwriter, and she serves on the Editorial Board of Music Therapy Perspectives.

One of Laura's primary research interests is in the creative use of music in qualitative studies. She recently published an article in a major research journal that discussed how music, when used with skill and sensitivity, can enhance and strengthen a research study that employs qualitative methodologies. Other research pursuits include the challenges international students face in bringing a western style education back home; clinical improvisation with various client populations; working with children who have special needs; music therapy in hospice care; music therapy with people who have dementia; and the roles spirituality can take in therapy and higher education administration.

Previously, she served as Coordinator of Music Therapy at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and also taught and coordinated the internship program at Naropa University, located in Boulder, Colorado. Both of these programs were dual degree music therapy and counseling psychology courses.

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Music Therapy Master's Program Approved

The Marylhurst University Board of Trustees approved a new Master of Arts in Music Therapy degree program in October 2014. Classes start September 2015.

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December 02, 2014

Prior Learning Assessment Information Session

For those interested in receiving college credit for documented college-level learning from employment, volunteer work, or other learning experienc...

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December 04, 2014

Concert: Marylhurst Jazz Ensemble

The jazz ensemble's hard work throughout fall term culminates in this--a great performance of jazz, from the standards to the modern. Join us for ...

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December 06, 2014

Music in the Woods: An Irish Christmas

A highlight of this year's Music in the Woods series will be a performance by Affiniti, a female trio from Dublin, Ireland, performing in collabora...

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