Endowed Music Therapy Field Training Fund Established

All students in the Berklee music therapy undergraduate program participate in a series of practical training placements, which involve working under board-certified music therapists in hospitals, nursing homes, community centers, and special education settings. In October, presidential advisory council member Tee Taggart and her husband, Jack Turner, initiated funding to develop the Endowed Music Therapy Field Training Fund to forge new partnerships with additional training facilities and to augment current clinical and research placement opportunities. While historically this experiential learning program has been dependent on annual fundraising, the new fund will ensure that Berklee music therapy students receive this important training for years to come.

“Music therapy has many dimensions in Berklee’s curriculum development and in career opportunities for our students,” Taggart notes. “Berklee’s partnerships with a growing number of Boston-area medical institutions, university research, and social service organizations are leading to promising student field work placements and significant potential for collaborative faculty-student research initiatives.”

Taggart and Turner provided substantial initial funding to create the endowment. As an incentive for other donors to step forward and support it, Taggart and Turner have offered to match gifts from additional contributors up to a total of $150,000. The Endowed Music Therapy Field Training Fund promises to offer Berklee students the important professional training they need to launch their careers in music therapy and supports clinical music therapy services for a variety of populations.

Anyone wishing to contribute to the Endowed Music Therapy Field Training Fund should contact Davis Wimberly at dwimberly@berklee.edu.