Title/Position: Instructor, Music TherapyProfile:
Why did you choose music therapy and music neuroscience as your career?
I first learned of music therapy the summer between my freshman and sophomore years of college and it instantly felt right. Within a month I had transferred schools to begin the academic year as a music therapy student at the University of Iowa. In retrospect, I think I knew intuitively that the combination of music, science, and human interactions suited my intellect, personality, and passions. My introduction to the music neurosciences occurred while a Masters student at Colorado State University. I was—and continue to be—fascinated by how the brain functions and, more specifically, how we can use music in an intentional way to facilitate change.
What is the difference and/or connection between the two?
I view the relationship between music therapy and music neuroscience as symbiotic— each informs the other. The observations made and questions asked by the clinician inform the inquiries made by the researcher, who studies the phenomenon and applies the emerging new knowledge to the clinical setting . . . and the cycle continues. We are beginning to see more dialogue occurring between the music therapy and music neuroscience fields, which is exciting to me. This shared learning and growth will not only deepen our understanding of music and the brain, but it will serve to improve the lives and treatment of our clients as well.
What do you hope to pass onto your students?
I hope to pass on a love of learning—the desire to always be curious, always ask questions, always seek to understand.
What music have you been listening to lately?
Right now I join the ranks of other parents who are fully immersed in the soundtrack of Frozen and other pop-esque tunes that appeal to school-aged children.
What is your teaching philosophy (or, how do you approach teaching at the university level)?
I approach teaching from a developmental perspective. A student music therapist will experience shifts in knowledge and understanding as he or she moves from a place of instinctual inexperience to one of skilled, integrated readiness. I strive to foster this development in a way that empowers the emergence of critical thinking, creates depth and integration of knowledge, and facilitates a willingness to push traditional paradigms.
What do you expect from music therapy students, both in university and clinical settings?
Simple—I expect music therapy students to try their best, ask questions, and be willing to take risks.
Why should a prospective student choose the University of Miami Frost School of Music?
The University of Miami Frost School of Music has a world-class faculty that provides graduates with a well-rounded, innovative, and high quality education in music. A prospective music therapy student should choose the UM music therapy program if he or she is interested in personal and professional growth, in being challenged and intellectually stimulated, and desires to have the skills needed to enter a field that is growing in awareness, knowledge, and respect.
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.