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Wilhelmina K. Harbert starts Music Therapy program at University of the PacificMusic Therapy at University of the Pacific Celebrates the 80th AnniversaryMusic Therapy at University of the Pacific Celebrates the 80th Anniversary
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80 Years of Music Therapy at Pacific

In 1938, Wilhelmina "Billy" Harbert introduced the first in a series of courses in what would later become the Music Therapy Program at the University of the Pacific. This first course, entitled "Musical Guidance and Therapy," captured Mrs. Harbert's passion for music to assist those with educational, mental health, or medical concerns. This spirit has been preserved to this day when we are celebrating 80 years of Music Therapy at Pacific. 

The event begins on April 26, 2019, with "Music Got me Here," a film by Susan Koch. The film chronicles the rehabilitative journey of both patient and music therapist. We continue on April 27, 2019, with the Celebratory Symposium featuring presentations for professional music therapists and music therapy students. The Symposium is approved by the Certification Board for Music Therapists for six (6) units in Continuing Music Therapy Education. Find out about the learning objectives.
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"Music Got me Here" a Film by Susan Koch

FridayApril 26 | 7 pm - 8:30 pm | Faye Spanos Concert Hall

This screening is sponsored in part by
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Music Got Me Here a film by Susan Koch

Filmed over five years, Music Got Me Here chronicles the rehabilitative journey of Forrest Allen who suffered a traumatic brain injury resulting in Allen not being able to speak or walk. Tom Sweitzer, a music therapist, helps Forrest find his voice. The film highlights the transformative experiences of both client and therapist while featuring interviews with Dr. Francis Collins, the Director of the National Institute of Health, and Renée Fleming, a renowned soprano.

Immediately following the screening, Forrest Allen, his mother Rae, and Tom Sweitzer will discuss their experiences during filming and take questions from the audience. Forrest and Tom will be also available during the Saturday Symposium.

Celebratory Symposium

Saturday, April 27 |  8 am - 4:30 pm | Pacific Conservatory of Music

The Symposium is funded in part by a grant from
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Learning Objectives

Participants will identify at least two research methodologies (or specific designs) relevant to clinical practice or investigating professional development issues. I.D.2.a; I.D.10;  IV.A.2
Participants will identify one challenge to conducting research, working with specific clinical groups, and/or engaging in professional advocacy work. IV.A.2; I.A-D, II.A; IV.B.20