Associate Dean, Graduate Studies, Professor, Music Therapy
Shannon de l'Etoile, Ph.D., is associate dean, Graduate Studies, and professor for the Music Therapy program at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. Dr. de l’Etoile is a board-certified music therapist and current member of both the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA), and the Southeastern Region of the AMTA. She is recognized as a Fellow of the Robert F. Unkefer Academy of Neurologic Music Therapy, has served on the editorial review board for the Journal of Music Therapy and is currently on the editorial review board for Music Therapy Perspectives. Widely published, she earned both her bachelor and master’s degrees in music therapy from Colorado State University. She received her doctorate in music education with an emphasis on music therapy from the University of Kansas and joined the Frost School of Music faculty in fall 2001. Prior to her current appointment, Dr. de l’Etoile taught music therapy at the University of Iowa and at Colorado State University. Her clinical background includes working with adults with mental illness, children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral disorders, adults and children with developmental disabilities, and adults and children with neurologic disorders. She was previously a research associate for the internationally-recognized Center for Biomedical Research in Music in Fort Collins, Colorado where her research focused on exploring the ways that infants respond to infant-directed singing, and using infant-directed singing as a therapeutic intervention for at-risk mother-infant pairs.
Lecturer, Music Therapy
Amy Kalas, MM, MT-BC is a board-certified music therapist and professional member of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA). She is a visiting lecturer in the Music Therapy Program at the University of Miami Frost School of Music, where she earned her bachelors and masters degrees in music therapy. Amy completed her clinical internship at the Matheny Medical and Education Center in New Jersey. Following her internship, she was hired in 2006 as a full-time music therapist at United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of Miami. At UCP, Amy worked with children birth-age 8 with special needs, and served as the clinical internship director and practicum supervisor. Amy also owns a private practice, Wholesome Harmonies, LLC, where she provides music therapy services to children and adolescents in the greater Miami area.
Associate Professor , Program Director, Music Therapy
Teresa Lesiuk, Ph.D., is associate professor and program director for the Music Therapy program at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. Lesiuk’s research is published in Psychology of Music, Arts in Psychotherapy, Canadian Journal of Music Therapy, and Journal of Computer Information Systems. She presents regularly at regional, national and international conferences including the American Music Therapy Association, Canadian Association for Music Therapy, Society for Music Perception and Cognition, Research Alliance for Institutes of Music Education (RAIME) and International Society for Philosophy of Music Education. Her latest philosophical writing addresses the development of presence in the music therapy clinician. Dr. Lesiuk’s research interests include investigating the role of music and music therapy in high stress occupations (e.g., air traffic control and computer information systems development). Dr. Lesiuk has ten years experience of university teaching and program administration, collectively, from the University of the Incarnate Word and the University of Western Ontario. She has worked contractually as a music therapy clinician serving several client populations including elderly with dementia, elderly with psychiatric diagnosis, children with developmental delays, and adolescents with emotional-behavioral delays.