Music Therapy Faculty and Staff
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Music Therapy Faculty
Director of Music Therapy
Darcy Walworth directs the music therapy program at the University of Louisville, having previously taught at Florida State University. Dr. Walworth actively researches the effects of music therapy in medical and early childhood settings with emphases in medical procedural support, Autism treatment, and developmental outcomes of premature infants. She has co-authored and contributed chapters to multiple books addressing varying client populations. Dr. Walworth has presented papers at regional, national, and international conferences, and currently serves on the board of directors of the Certification Board for Music Therapists and the Editorial Board for the Journal of Music Therapy.
Shannon Bowles, MME, MT-BC, teaches and supervises students in various music therapy courses. Since receiving her degrees in Music Therapy from the University of Kansas, she has worked with individuals and groups of all ages, ranging from school-age children to older adults. She frequently speaks about music therapy to various groups throughout the state. She is Treasurer of the Music Therapy Association of Kentucky (MTAK). Ms. Bowles is a doctoral candidate in gerontology at the University of Kentucky.
Cheryle Lawrence, MA, MT-BC, teaches Piano Accompaniment for Music Therapy. She has been teacher and music therapist in Jefferson County Public Schools for 20 years, most recently gaining Rank I status. She is an on-site supervisor for music therapy students. Mrs. Lawrence is actively involved in state music therapy and Orff-Schulwerk associations. She maintains membership in national therapy and education organizations and serves a local church as organist and children's choir director.
Julia Purcell, MT-BC, teaches Music Therapy Improvisation I and II, as well as supervises students in their clinical work. Julia received her Music Therapy degree from Michigan State University and completed her internship at The Center for Discovery in Harris, NY. For the past 5 years she has practiced Music Therapy at Hazelwood Center, a residential facility for Adults diagnosed with severe developmental and intellectual disabilities. Julia currently provides Music Therapy Services through Louisville Expressive Therapies, LLC. She has served as the government relations chair for The Music Therapy Association of Kentucky for the past three years. In her spare time she plays in a bluegrass/old-time band.
Emily Ibershoff, MS, MT-BC, teaches Group Training I & II. Emily received her Bachelor's degree in Music Therapy from Florida State University in 2005 and her Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling at the University of Louisville. She has worked with adults with physical and cognitive/developmental disabilities. She also has experience working with children and adults with psychiatric disorders, and children and families in a general medical setting. Emily is a member of the American Music Therapy Association and the Kentucky Music Therapy Association.