June 28, 2018
Just listen to Deb Burns, Meganne Masko and Natasha Thomas sing Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Boxer” to a lone guitar and you immediately understand why they are passionate about music therapy. The beauty of their voices amplifies their love of music and desire to share it with others.
Burns, Ph.D., MT-BC, is the chair of IUPUI’s Department of Music and Arts Technology and professor of music therapy. Since 2005, she has built the music therapy program in phases, starting with a master’s of science in music therapy, and bringing on Meganne Masko, Ph.D., MT-BC/L, as assistant professor of Music and Arts Technology over a year ago. In this role, Masko teaches undergraduate courses as well as graduate courses for a master’s degree in music therapy. Additionally, Masko recently developed a curriculum for an undergraduate degree in music therapy. Thomas, MS, MT-BC, visiting clinical assistant professor in Music Therapy, will begin teaching the new bachelor of science in music therapy courses this fall as well as work on community engagement and social justice initiatives.