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Music therapy graduate student earns scholarship

June 7, 2004

KALAMAZOO--Beth Clark, a Western Michigan University graduate student, received the Ruth B. Robertson Music Therapy Scholarship in May from the National Federation of Music Clubs.

The annual award is presented to an outstanding junior, senior or graduate student pursing a career in music therapy. Criteria for the award include evidence of scholarship and academic excellence, as well as demonstration of the candidate's success in providing music therapy for special populations in the community. The award includes a $750 prize.

Originally from Gorham, Maine, Clark received her bachelor's and master's degrees in music education from the University of Maine. Before enrolling in the graduate program in music therapy at WMU in fall 2003, she spent three years teaching music and working as a case coordinator for adolescents with mental health and substance abuse issues.

In addition to her studies, Clark has worked since February as youth outreach coordinator for the Kalamazoo Gay Lesbian Resource Center. After receiving her degree, she would like to open a private practice in music therapy.

Media contact: Thom Myers, 269 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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