University Announces New Programs

Category:  News
Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016 at 8:12 PM

Edinboro students, or those who plan to eventually attend the university, can now look forward to one more major to experience.

The Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy program has officially, as of Jan. 21, been approved to allow students to learn about how music can help treat disabilities and conditions, like Alzheimer’s disease, addiction and autism.

The major, which follows in the successful footsteps of Edinboro’s own Master of Arts in Art Therapy course is, as of right now, the only one of its kind to be offered in a public university in northwestern Pennsylvania, and will add 10 new courses, exclusive to this major. The goal for these classes are to give students “an opportunity to work in clinical settings under the supervision of a certified music therapist,” expanding the horizons of these students, and ensuring proper and effective treatment in the future.

As such, this program and those enrolled in it have the opportunity to provide a much asked for, and particularly inventive, service to students, community members, and people worldwide.

According to Scott Miller, the interim dean of Edinboro’s College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, the program is something necessary in the area, creating new opportunities for students recognized by the Office for Students with Disabilities, as well as adding to the skill and experience of students enrolled in the program.

Miller added that “the faculty members in these departments are eager to work together and create new opportunities for these students.”

Many health-service organizations, such as the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), have openly supported this course.

“NAMI of Erie County believes that music and other artistic mediums can play an important role for individuals and families facing the challenges of mental illness,” Denise Kolivoski, executive director of NAMI of Erie County, said.

Kolivoski added that she hopes the new Music Therapy major will allow her organization to impact more children in the region than ever before, with students in the program helping with the “Exploring the Arts with NAMI” program, which helps promote and cultivate interest in the arts and creativity.

Along with this new major, Edinboro University’s Institute for Forensic Sciences has added a new forensic studies minor, which is available to all students at the university. The minor, which is comprised of three core courses, will explain the topics of criminalistics, forensic anthropology and forensic inquiry.

In addition to the core courses, students who take this minor program will be able to select three supporting courses, and one advanced course to complete the minor, including courses like Criminal Investigations, Arson Detection, Victimology and Forensic Nursing.

According to Patrick Jones, the chairperson of the Music and Theatre Department, “By training students to help people improve their physical, mental and emotional well-being through music, we’ll meet a growing need and also prepare our students for very fulfilling careers.”

Britton Rozzelle is The Arts Editor for The Spectator and he can be reached at

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