BRIAN WILSON, MT-BC, Professor Emeritus of Music, served as the program's director from 1975-2015 where he taught both undergraduate and graduate courses in music therapy principles and procedures. He has been published in several books and journals and was the editor of Music Therapy Perspectives from 1990 to 2011. Professor Wilson is a past president of Michigan Music Therapists and has held numerous offices in regional and national music therapy organizations including the American Music Therapy Association where served on the Board of Directors for 10 years.
His research interests include investigation into the evolving roles of music therapy and music education with special learners and models of assessment in music therapy clinical practice. Professor Wilson is the editor and a contributor to Models of Music Therapy Interventions in School Settings, now in its second edition.
He has been honored with many accolades for his service to the profession including the Distinguished Service Award and the Honorary Life Member Award from the Great Lakes Region of AMTA and the Distinguished Service Award and Lifetime Achievement Award from AMTA. Professor Wilson received the B.M. and M.M. degrees in music therapy from Florida State University and was appointed to the faculty of the School of Music at Western Michigan University in 1975.