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KU School of Music welcomes two new Music Therapy professors and a new Music Theory professor

Monday, April 29, 2013

LAWRENCE, KS —The KU School of Music welcomes three new members to its faculty. Abbey Dvorak and Deanna Hanson-Abromeit will join the Music Education and Music Therapy faculty as assistant professors of Music Therapy. Brad Osborn will be an assistant professor of Music Theory. All three will begin their positions this fall.

Dvorak and Hanson-Abromeit will teach graduate and undergraduate courses in Music Therapy and related topics, supervise graduate and undergraduate research, as well as Music Therapy practicum students, and will provide career and academic advising to students. Additionally, they will maintain an active program of scholarship and publication, and will participate in service activities and in off-campus professional service.

Osborn will teach undergraduate and graduate Music Theory courses, supervise and direct teaching assistants and graduate research, advise students and conduct research.

“As we say good-bye to Alicia Clair and George Duerksen (Music Education and Music Therapy), due to their retirements, and Deron McGee (Music Theory and Music Composition), who together total more than 100 years of distinguished service on the KU School of Music faculty, we are excited about the diverse perspectives each of these new faculty members brings to the School of Music,” said Robert Walzel, KU School of Music dean.

Photo of Abbey DvorakAbbey Dvorak served as assistant professor of Music Therapy at Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA before coming to KU. She has earned her Ph.D. in Music Education/Music Therapy from the University of Iowa, her MA and Equivalency in Music Therapy from the University of Iowa, and her BA in Music Education from Briar Cliff University. She received several research awards, including the Arthur Flagler Fultz Research Grant Award from the American Music Therapy Association, for her study and dissertation: Music Therapy Support Groups for Cancer Patients and Caregivers.

Previously, she has worked as a clinical specialist in Music Therapy at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. In addition, she provided contractual music therapy services for West Music Company, serving a variety of clientele, from children with developmental disabilities to adults in hospice care. Dvorak received specialized training in Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT), music therapy clinical supervision and music therapy with premature infants in the NICU. She presents regularly at national and regional conferences and enjoys volunteer work in her community. 

Photo of Deanna Hanson-AbromeitDeanna Hanson-Abromeit, Ph.D., MT-BC, earned her Bachelor of Music and Masters of Arts in Music Therapy from the University of Iowa and the Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education with an emphasis on Music Therapy from the University of Kansas. She was on the faculty at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance for the eight years, where she has taught undergraduate and graduate courses and regularly supervised graduate research. She was selected by Conservatory faculty as the 2012 recipient of the Muriel McBrien Kauffman Excellence in Teaching Award.

She is the co-editor of two monographs on music therapy in the hospital setting, published by the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) and has authored multiple book chapters and peer-reviewed articles. She has also been selected as the 2010 and 2013 recipient of the AMTA Midwestern Region Scholarly Activity Award. She currently serves as Chair of the Continuing Education Committee for the Certification Board for Music Therapists and sits on the American Music Therapy Association Assembly of Delegates and the editorial board for Music Therapy Perspectives. Hanson-Abromeit presents regularly at regional, national and international conferences. Her area of clinical and research focus is on preventive music-based interventions with infants who are neurodevelopmentally at-risk, particularly infants who are premature or living in poverty. 

Hanson-Abromeit has lived in Lawrence for the past 10 years with her husband and two children. 

Photo of Brad OsbornBrad Osborn is a native of the Ozark Mountains. He relocated to Seattle to earn the Ph.D. in Music Theory (University of Washington, 2010) for a dissertation entitled “Beyond Verse and Chorus: Experimental Formal Structures in Post-Millennial Rock Music.” Most of his published research since then has continued to focus on the compositional complexities of this genre, and has appeared in Gamut (3/1), Music Theory Online (17/3), and is forthcoming in Music Theory Spectrum (35/1). Other published or presented research in recent years includes work on minimalist music (especially that of Steve Reich), the philosophies of Deleuze and Guattari, mathematical approaches to rhythm and meter, and ecological approaches to Icelandic popular music.

As a rock multi-instrumentalist (drums, guitars, voice, keyboards), he writes and records music under the artist moniker BradleyHeartVampire—a “band” composed entirely of his overdubbing all of the vocal and instrumental tracks. Osborn is an avid outdoor enthusiast.

For more information, contact the KU School of Music at 785-864-3436. music.ku.edu.

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