Red River Valley Summer 2016
A publication of the Southwestern Region of the American Music Therapy Association
Congratulations 2016 Harmony Award Recipients!
Edward P. Kahler, II, Ph.D., MT-BC received his undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia, a Master’s Degree from Texas Woman's University, and his Ph.D. from The University of Kansas. He has worked with a variety of populations and is an active member of the AMTA and SWAMTA. He taught a year at Phillips University in Enid before moving to Canyon where he serves as Director of the Music Therapy program at WTAMU and Associate Dean for the college. While at WTAMU, Kahler has had the privilege and honor to work with more than 100 music therapy students. Watching students mature into professional music therapists and become leaders in the profession is one of his true delights. Ed and his wife Tamara have two wonderful children. Elyse is pursuing her doctorate in music composition at Texas Tech. Their son Eddie & his wife Laura live in Durham, where Eddie is pursuing a Master’s at Duke Divinity School and Laura is a nurse at Duke University Medical Center.
Jennifer Townsend, MMT, MT-BC is the lead expressive therapist at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, Texas. Her education background includes a music therapy degree at the bachelor’s level from Sam Houston State University and a master’s from Temple University. After living in the Northeast for seven years practicing music therapy in long term care pediatrics Jennifer moved home to Texas and started work in the acute care setting. In addition to clinical work Jennifer enjoys advocating for the profession. You can find her presenting at conferences and legislative meetings throughout the year. In her spare time Jennifer enjoys cultural fun at museums, concerts and plays with her husband Travis, their daughter Aria, son Lyon and dog Skinner.
Clinical Practice Award
Carolyn A. Dobson, AP-BC, MT-BC is a Neurologic Music Therapy Fellow with 18 years of experience as a Board Certified Music Therapist. Since receiving her degree from Sam Houston State University, she has worked with CPS-Family Preservation Services in Farmington, NM, oncology patients at The Orthopedic Hospital of Los Angeles as well as children of abuse/neglect residing in L.A. residential treatment. She was one of the first music therapists trained by the Sound Birthing™ MTACB founder and assisted with several births after relocating back to Texas. An opportunity arose to transition her clinical skills focusing on older adults living in senior communities. Currently, her private practice in Dallas provides services to older adults with neurologic impairments including individuals with Dementia & Parkinson’s Disease and those recovering from TBI & Stroke. She serves on the AMTA Professional Advocacy Committee and the Texas State Task Force.
Michael M. Richardson, MT-BC began his career in Music Therapy after completing his degree from Southern Methodist University in 1985. He then became one of two music therapists working for the Psychiatric Center at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. In 1986 he established a private practice that included several Psychiatric Hospitals (Gulf Pines, Laurelwook, Spring Shadows Glen), The Center for Hearing and Speech, and residential facilities for the Sisters of Charity (thank you Ann Petty for this referral). After 18 years in private practice Michael became the first music therapist at MDAnderson Cancer Center in 1991 and conducted research with a focus on better understanding the ISO Principle as it relates to relaxation. He developed programs throughout the hospital including a national roster internship and a singing patient support group named “The Celebration Singers.”