Music Therapy Faculty Profiles

Tracy Richardson, Ph.D., MT-BC
Tracy Richardson, Ph.D., MT-BC

Tracy Richardson, Ph.D., MT-BC, Professor of Music Therapy, Director of Masters in Music Therapy

Dr. Tracy Richardson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Therapy (St. Mary-of-the-Woods College), M.S. in Agency Counseling (Indiana State University), and Ph.D. in Counselor Education (ISU).  Dr. Richardson is a Professor of Music Therapy and the Chairperson of the Music and Theatre Department at St. Mary-of-the-Woods College, and has taught at SMWC since 1995. Dr. Richardson was awarded the Sister Mary Joseph Pomeroy Award for Faculty Excellence in Service in 2005 and 2013.

Dr. Richardson has been a board certified music therapist for 25 years and has worked with people with a variety of health issues, including mental health challenges, developmental disabilities, and cancer. She specializes in the use of clinical songwriting as a music therapy intervention with her clients. She is the Immediate Past President of the Great Lakes Region of the American Music Therapy Association, serves as an AMTA Assembly Delegate, and won the Conference Songwriting Award, awarded by the American Music Therapy Association, in 2009.

Dr. Richardson is a singer, songwriter, and keyboard player. Between 1983 and 1988 she was in a band that opened locally for such acts as Randy Travis, George Strait, Keith Whitley, and John Conlee. In 1997 she released a self-titled, self-produced CD containing original songs, one of which received local airplay. She continues to perform in local venues as a solo performer as well. She and her husband, George, have three awesome children.

Sharon R. Boyle, MT-BC, Associate Professor of Music Therapy and Coordinator of the Undergraduate Music Therapy Program
Sharon R. Boyle, MT-BC

Sharon R. Boyle, MT-BC, Associate Professor of Music Therapy and Coordinator of the Undergraduate Music Therapy Program

M.M., East Carolina University, B.A., Linfield College

Sharon R. Boyle has been a member of the SMWC music faculty since 2002, previously teaching at Ohio University. She has served as state representative for Indiana on the Great Lakes Region Executive Board of the American Music Therapy Association and is presently on the editorial board for the peer-reviewed journal, Music Therapy Perspectives. She is a board-certified music therapist through the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) and has sixteen years of extensive clinical experience working in both short-term and long-term care settings. In 2011, Boyle received the SMWC Sister Joseph Pomeroy Faculty Excellence Award for Teaching and in 2008, received the SMWC Sister Joseph Pomeroy Faculty Excellence Award for Scholarship. She has completed post-graduate work in courses taught by Alan Turry, Ph.D., Barbara Hesser, Ph.D., and Lisa Summer, Ph.D. In addition, she has completed Level II Music and Imagery training under the supervision of Lisa Summer and Frances Goldberg through Anna Maria College. 

In addition to facilitating sessions in schools, long term care facilities, and special workshops within her community as part of the SMWC Music Therapy Program, she regularly presents at local, state, regional and national music therapy conferences which have included issues related to education and clinical training in music therapy. She also presents continuing education courses within the music therapy field centering primarily on vocal improvisation, vocal health, and self-care for music therapists. Boyle is currently working on a research project with Rebecca Engen, Ph.D. from Queens University of Charlotte (NC) studying vocal health issues in music therapists.