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KU music professor awarded American Music Therapy Association award

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

LAWRENCE--Cynthia Colwell, associate professor of music education and music therapy at the University of Kansas, was awarded the 2012 American Music Therapy Association/AMTA Research/Publications Award. She will receive the award at the annual conference in St. Charles, IL this fall.

The AMTA annually recognizes individuals for their contributions to research, professional practice, service, advocacy or a combination of activities related to the music therapy profession.

Cynthia Colwell joined the faculty at the University of Kansas in 2000. She previously worked at Phillips University in Oklahoma as the director of music therapy and at The University of Arizona as music education faculty. Colwell earned the BME degree from Acadia University in Nova Scotia, the MM degree in music therapy from The Florida State University and the PhD in music education from Louisiana State University.

Professor Colwell’s primary research interests are Orff music therapy, mainstreaming in music education, attitudes of teachers and students toward children with disabilities, and teacher and therapist training. Upon arriving at KU, she developed a new practicum position with the pediatric unit at the Kansas University Medical Center and more recently at the KUMC Cancer Center for advanced students. She currently serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Research in Music Education.

Colwell has published research in the Journal of Music Therapy, Music Therapy Perspectives, Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, the Journal of Research in Music Education, and the Orff Echo and has presented research and sessions at regional and national conferences of the American Music Therapy Association, the National Association of Music Education, and the American Orff-Schulwerk Assocation.

For more information, contact the KU School of Music for more information at 785-864-3436. MUSIC.KU.EDU.



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