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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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Laura Beer Receives WRAMTA Award

Dr. Laura Beer was recognized by her peers with the 2015 Professional Practice Award from the Western Region American Association of Music Therapy.

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April 10, 2015

Christina Rusnak, composer

Composer Christina Rusnak will present her work, in a 90-minute program. At 3:30, Christina will talk with music students from Marylhurst Universi...

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April 19, 2015

Marylhurst Community Orchestra: Concerto Sunday

Concerto Sunday is a wonderful event, highlighting solo and ensemble groups from the Orchestra.

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April 25, 2015

Handmade Musical Instrument Exhibit

The Handmade Musical Instrument Exhibit features instrument makers and performers of the Pacific Northwest. Exhibits and woodworking demonstrations...

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