Giving Opportunities for KU Music Therapy Program
“Getting my Ph.D. at KU included many opportunities to customize learning to my individual interests and goals. I was able to develop and teach my own course, collaborate with faculty from multiple departments, and work on several faculty-led research projects in addition to my own research. These individualized components made for a rich and engaging Ph.D. experience.”
—Amy Smith, Ph.D., Music Therapy, 2019
Giving Opportunities for KU Music Therapy
We encourage and welcome gifts/donations to student scholarships, the Alicia Clair Scholarship, faculty research/support, the student opportunity fund, and overall improvement. Just a few of the ways your contribution can make a difference are:
- Musical instruments for the Music Therapy Clinic
- Student participation in professional conferences
- Scholarships for students' educational expenses
- Research travel, equipment and resources
Through the generosity of people like you funding items such as these and more are possible. Help Music Therapy continue to grow, support the futures of our students and enhance our programs.
Alicia Clair Scholarship in Music Therapy
Alicia Ann Clair, Ph.D., a dedicated teacher, mentor and award-winning researcher, built the foundation of the music therapy program at the University of Kansas. After joining the KU faculty in 1975, she served as a professor, division director of music education and music therapy, coordinator of graduate studies in music education and music therapy, and research associate in gerontology.
She is the recipient of many awards and honors, including the KU Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence and the KU Mortar Board Society’s Award for Teaching Excellence. She has received national awards from the American Association for Music Therapy (AMTA) for research, professional practice and service, as well as the AMTA Presidential Award for service on the Commission for Education and Training. The Department of Veteran Affairs has lauded her both locally and nationally with the Special Contribution Award for Research, the Performance Award and the Teamwork Award.
Please help us honor Dr. Clair’s legacy — with your support, countless generations of deserving Jayhawks will get the financial assistance that they need to study music therapy.