Darcy Walworth, PhD, MT-BC is the Director of Music Therapy at the University of Louisville.
Dr. Walworth earned her Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy, Master of Music in Music Therapy and Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education with Emphasis in Early Childhood and Medical Music Therapy from the Florida State University. Before joining the University of Louisville faculty, Dr. Walworth taught at Florida State University. She is a Fellow of the National Institute of Infant and Child Medical Music Therapy and participates in trainings on a continuing basis.
Dr. Walworth has worked clinically in medical, hospice, special education, and battered women and children shelter settings. Her research focuses are neonatal intensive care unit music therapy interventions, music therapy for procedural support, and early childhood development including children with autism spectrum disorders. Dr. Walworth received the South Eastern Region American Music Therapy Special Recognition Award for Outstanding Research Contributions. She presents and lectures nationally and internationally to music therapy, music education, and medical audiences.
She is the past chair of the board of directors for the Certification Board for Music Therapists and currently serves as co-chair of the Autism Task Force for the American Music Therapy Association and on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Music Therapy. She has served as an outside reviewer for the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, New Zealand Journal of Music Therapy, and the Journal of Neonatal Nursing.
Publications Appear In:
Journal of Music Therapy
Music Therapy Perspectives
Journal of Pediatric Nursing
Pediatric Nursing Journal
Journal of Neonatal Nursing
WHAS Crusade for Children
Johnson & Johnson/Society for the Arts in HealthCare Partnership to Promote the Arts in Healing
National Brain Tumor Association Research Award
Florida Center for Creative Aging Research Grant
Division of Cultural Affairs- State of Florida
American Music Therapy Association National Conference, Cleveland, OH, November, 2010
Research Poster Session: “The Effects of Music and Multimodal Stimulation on Premature Infants’ Responses in Neonatal Intensive Care.” Co-presenter with Standley, J., Swedberg, O., Robertson, A., Peyton, J., & Smith, A.
5 Hour Continuing Music Therapy Education Presentation: “Developmental Music Therapy Interventions for Infants and Toddlers: Evidence Based Practices and Recommendations” Co-presenter with Register, D. & Engel, J.
“Imagine Roundtable: Sharing Perspectives and Ideas for AMTA’s New Early Childhood Online Magazine” Co-presenter with Kern, P., Humpal, M., & Wilson, B.
Major Residency on Autism, Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA, October, 2011
"Autism Speaks and Sings: The Power of Music Therapy in the World of Autism"
"Autism Speaks and Sings Too: A Program for the Music Therapy Community"
"Music Therapy with ASD" Co-presenter w/Marcia Humpal to Intro to Music Therapy Classes
American Association of Medical Assistants Annual Conference, Orlando, FL,
“Medical Music Therapy Overview”
International Society for Music Education World Conference Research Poster Session, Bologna, Italy, July, 2008
“Effects Of Developmental Music Groups For Parents And Premature Or Typical Infants Under Two Years On Parental Responsiveness And Infant Social Development”
"Infant and toddler participation in structured group music activities: The first attendance response." Co-presenter with Standley, J., Engel, J., Belgrave, M., & Hilmer, M.
Zero to Three National Training Institute, Orlando, FL, December, 2007
“Music Therapy Research and Practice with Infants in the NICU.” Co-presenter with Standley, J.
School of Music
Adjunct Associate Professor
Ph.D. in Music Therapy, University of Witten/Herdecke
M.A. with a specialization in Music Therapy, University of Applied Sciences, Würzburg-Schweinfurt, Germany
NICU Music Therapist
Kindermusik I Teacher
Therapeutic Yoga Teacher
Music Therapy Techniques 1 [MUTH201]
Principles and Practice of Music Therapy 1 [MUTH431]
Dr. Petra Kern, MT-DMtG, MT-BC, MTA is a certified music therapist in the USA, Canada, and Germany and earned her doctoral degree from the School of Medicine at the University of Witten-Herdecke. She is the owner of the California-based company Music Therapy Consulting, Adjunct Professor at Marylhurst University, and since Fall of 2012 Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Louisville. Previously she taught at the State University of New York at New Paltz and the University of Windsor, and continues to guest lecture at universities worldwide.
Dr. Kern has worked in several clinical settings, serving the youngest to the oldest with various disabilities and health issues. Her clinical and research focus is on young children with autism spectrum disorders, inclusion, and staff training. In 2008, she received the research/publications award of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) for her studies conducted at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Dr. Kern is a frequent international speaker and serves on several national and international music therapy committees and boards. She is the immediate Past President of the World Federation of Music Therapy (WFMT) and serves on the editorial boards of Music Therapy Perspectives, the Canadian Journal of Music Therapy, and Music and Medicine. She also is the editor of imagine, the ﬁrst early childhood online magazine sponsored by the American Music Therapy Association and co-chairs AMTA's Early Childhood Network.
For more details, please visit her website at www.musictherapy.biz.
World Federation of Music Therapy
American Music Therapy Association
Western Region of the American Music Therapy Association
Canadian Association of Music Therapy
German Society of Music Therapy
Council of Exceptional Children
International Society on Early Intervention
International Society for Autism Research
Young Exceptional Children
Children & Families
Teaching Young Children
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Journal of Music Therapy
Music Therapy Perspectives
Music Therapy Today
Using Music for Children’s Learning and Growth. Paper presented at the National Early Childhood Inclusion Institute, NC, May 2012.
Staying Informed: Online Resources for Autism Spectrum Disorders. Paper presented at the AMTA Annual Conference in Atlanta, GA, November 2011.
Gaining knowledge: Using single subjects experimental designs to evaluate music therapy practice. Presented at the pre-congress seminar From Research to Practice and Vice Versa: Evaluating Music Therapy Practice at the 13th World Congress of Music Therapy, Seoul, Korea, July 2011.
Community Involvement & Education with the Arts. Presented online with A. Tait (Australia) and E. Musco (Australia) at the Lunch Talk, Northern Territory Library, Darwin, Australia, May 2011.
Music as an Art and Science: Applying Music for Health and Well-Being. Paper presented at the Verbier Music Festival, Verbier, Switzerland, July 2010.
Evidence-Based Practice in Early Childhood Music Therapy: A Decision Making Process. Paper presented at the VIII. European Music Therapy Congress, Cádiz, Spain, May 2010.
Global Music Therapy: Facing Trends and Challenges of the 21. Century. Keynote delivered at the International Forum of Music Therapy on Crisis Intervention. Chengdu, China, October 2009.
Tuneful Transitions and Routines: Using Music in Children’s Daily Life. Paper presented at the DEC’s 25th Annual International Conference, Albuquerque, NM, October 2009.
Global Challenges and Trends of Clinical Practice, Research, and Education in Music Therapy. Speech delivered at the Inauguration Ceremony of the Bachelor Degree in Music Therapy at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil, March 2009.
National Research/Publications Award, American Music Therapy Association (2008)
Cheryle Lawrence, MA, MT-BC
Cheryle Lawrence teaches Piano Accompaniment for Music Therapy. She has served Jefferson County Public Schools for 25 years as a Rank I music teacher and music therapist. She is an on-site supervisor for music therapy students. Mrs. Lawrence is a member of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association. She has presented at Orff, Music Therapy, and Music Education conferences (state, regional and professional development). Cheryle also serves as a church organist at a local church.
Why Did You Decide To Pursue Music Therapy?
I decided to become a music therapist when I was in college pursuing a music education degree. While visiting elder care and residential facilities through church programs, I found enjoyment helping the residents. Upon being introduced to music therapy at a university presentation, I came to realize it was the path I wanted to follow. For me there is no greater reward than a client’s smiling eyes having made music with others.
Emily Ibershoff, M.Ed., MT-BC
Emily Ibershoff teaches the Music Therapy Training Group counseling courses. She received her Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy degree from Florida State University in 2005 and her Master of Education degree in Mental Health Counseling from University of Louisville in 2011. Emily is a board certified music therapist (MT-BC) and a licensed clinical counselor associate (LPCA). Emily started her career in 2007 working with adults with physical and cognitive disabilities at Hazelwood Center in Louisville KY. Currently, Emily works as a psychiatric music therapist at Norton Hospital and a clinical counselor at The Brook Hospital KMI. In her private practice, Louisville Expressive Therapies, Emily works with adults, adolescents, and children with a variety of physical, cognitive, and mental health needs both individually and in group settings. She also works with various community programs on a contractual basis including Our Lady of Peace Psychiatric Hospital and Mariposa Place in Louisville, and TJ Sampson summer camp in Glasgo, KY. Emily is a member of the American Music Therapy Association and the Kentucky Music Therapy Association and has provided supervision for University of Louisville Music Therapy students.
Julia W. Purcell, MT-BC
Julia W. Purcell has taught the Improvisation for Music Therapy course since Spring 2008. In addition to teaching she also provides clinical student supervision and has presented numerous times at various university music therapy related events. Julia completed her Music Therapy degree from Michigan State University in 2004 and her internship in upstate New York. Humanistic philosophy and a creative improvisational model of music therapy inform her practice. "It is incredibly rewarding connecting with other human beings in the context of co-active music making. Meeting the client where they're at in the moment and being able to express empathy through my music is what I strive to do every time I sit down with a client." Julia looks forward to making many more of these musical connections in her journey ahead. Throughout her training and career Julia has had the opportunity to work a variety of individuals including children with emotional, behavioral and psychological impairments, adults and children with various developmental and intellectual disabilities, and adults living with cancer. From 2004-2009 she provided Music Therapy services for adults with developmental and cognitive disabilities at Hazelwood Center, a residential training facility in Louisville. Julia recently became a certified Music Together teacher and teaches early childhood parent/child music classes at Shine, a wellness studio. Julia recently began teaching music classes at Friends School. Julia is a member of the American Music Therapy Association and the Kentucky Music Therapy Association. Julia is the proud mother of one daughter. In her spare time she plays in an old-time string band, Maiden Radio.
Jennifer Jarred Peyton, MM, MT-BC
Jennifer Jarred Peyton is an Adjunct Instructor in the music therapy department at the University of Louisville. She earned her Bachelor of Music Education at Louisiana State University and Master of Music in Music Therapy at the Florida State University. Jennifer has taught at Indian River State College, is the former FSU Medical Music Therapy Coordinator and Internship Director at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center in Fort Pierce, Florida, and currently owns a private practice. She actively presents at regional and national conferences, as well as National Institute for Infant and Child Medical Music Therapy trainings, where she is a fellow and former coordinator.
Jennifer’s clinical experience is in the medical, hospice, rehabilitation, and psychiatric settings. She has co-authored music therapy publications in the areas of NICU, pediatrics, surgical procedures, and program development.
Why did you decide to pursue music therapy?
My mom saw something about music therapy on TV when I was in the 10th grade. She came to my room and said, “I found the perfect career for you – it combines music with helping people heal” and in that moment, I just knew that’s exactly what I wanted to do. Since becoming a music therapist, I am continually encouraged that I made the right decision. Being able to make live music accessible, personal, and tailored to the needs of individuals and groups in various settings is so rewarding. I have the privilege to see incredible changes in the lives of those I get to serve. Those changes can be in a single session or gradually over time. It’s pretty amazing to witness what the power of music and personal interaction can do for people of all ages and abilities – from premature infants through end of life.