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Wilson earns music therapy accolade

June 5, 2006

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University's Brian Wilson, professor and director of music therapy, received the 2006 Honorary Life Member Award for distinguished contributions to the Great Lakes Region of the American Music Therapy Association.

Wilson was cited for continuously holding at least two leadership positions in the Michigan Music Therapists group and the regional and national AMTA organizations since 1978. He also was praised for his service as MMT president and as treasurer of the Great Lakes AMTA region for four years, during which the group's balance sheet increased from $3,000 to $50,000. He has been editor of Music Therapy Perspectives for the past 16 years and has edited two AMTA books. The award was presented at the group's conference in March.

A WMU faculty member since 1975, Wilson teaches both undergraduate and graduate students. Prior to coming to WMU, he served as director of music therapy at Ohio University and at the Georgia Mental Health Institute in Atlanta, where he began his career as a music therapist in 1969. Wilson earned both Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from Florida State University.

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

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