Music Therapy

  1. Shannon K. de l'Etoile, Ph.D.

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    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.

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  2. Teresa L. Lesiuk, Ph.D.

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    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.

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  3. Kimberly Sena Moore

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    Instructor, Music Therapy

    Kimberly Sena Moore, MM, MT-BC is a board certified music therapist who joins the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music in 2014. Ms. Sena Moore’s clinical background includes work with children with a history of complex trauma as well as children, adults, and older adults with medical or neurorehabilitation needs. Her current clinical and research interests center on music therapy and emotion regulation development in neurodevelopmentally at-risk children. Ms. Sena Moore has presented extensively at regional, national, and international conferences, her research has been published in the Journal of Music Therapy, Music Therapy Perspective, and Imagine, and her work has been featured in several media outlets, including Psychology Today, Redbook, and CURE. Ms. Sena Moore currently serves as Regulatory Affairs Associate for the Certification Board for Music Therapists, where she is involved in state-level advocacy, legislative, and policy issues that impact music therapy practice. Online, she co-hosts the Music Therapy Round Table podcast, and blogs at “Your Musical Self” for Psychology Today and Music Therapy Maven. Prior to pursuing a career in academia, she founded and directed Neurosong Music Therapy Services, Inc., a private practice that provided music therapy and music instruction services in northern Colorado. Ms. Sena Moore has a B.M. in Music Therapy from the University of Iowa, an M.M. in Music Therapy from Colorado State University, and is a Candidate in the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

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Music Therapy