Sharon Boyle

Sharon Boyle, MM, MT-BC

Associate Professor of Music Therapy, Undergraduate Music Therapy Program Coordinator

Departments / Offices
Music and Theatre

Education and Qualifications

  • M.M., East Carolina University
  • B.A., Linfield College
  • Board-certified music therapist through the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) since 1996
  • Level II Music & Imagery Training (Anna Maria College)
  • Post-graduate courses at University of Kansas, Indiana State University and Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College
  • Doctoral Student in Health Sciences, Indiana State University (2016-present)

Professional Contributions

Areas of Specialization, Publication and Research

  • Boyle, S.R. & Engen, R.L. (2008). Are music therapists at risk for voice problems? Raising awareness of vocal health issues? Music Therapy Perspectives, 26 (1), 46-50.
  • Published book review of Chase, K. (2002). The music therapy assessment handbook. Music Therapy Perspectives, 22(2), 130-132.
  • Ongoing collaborative research about vocal health in music therapy in process through 2015
  • Contributions to Moderated Discussion Forum of Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy
  • Regular presenter at state, regional, and national music therapy conferences on topics such as: Vocal Improvisation, Self-care in Music Therapy, Vocal Health in Music Therapy, Clinical Training and Supervision in Music Therapy

Recognition and Awards

  • 2016 – December Commencement Speaker at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College
  • 2016 – Sister Mary Joseph Pomeroy Award for Faculty Excellence in Teaching
  • 2014 – Recipient of the Alumnae Faculty Leadership Award at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College.
  • 2013-14 – Lead faculty and Advisor for $11,000.00 Ball Venture Funded project, an inter-institutional, faculty/student team to develop and build a portable electronic drum table which simulates several different percussion instruments.
  • 2011 – Sister Mary Joseph Pomeroy Faculty Excellence Award for Teaching
  • 2010 – Community Service Provider of the Year Award from Human Resources Center of Edgar and Clark Counties (SMWC Music Therapy Program)
  • 2009 – Who’s Who in America selected biography
  • 2008 – Sister Joseph Pomeroy Faculty Excellence Award for

Professional Service/Membership

  • Music Therapy Perspectives Editorial Board (2009-present)
  • American Music Therapy Association (AMTA), member since 1996
  • Great Lakes Region of AMTA (GLR), Mentor in Mentoring Program (2014- ); Strategic Planning Committee – chair of FAQ sub-committee (2011-2012); State Representative (2007-2011)
  • Association for Indiana Music Therapy (AIMT), Past-President (2011-2012); President (2007-2011); Webmaster (2009-2012); President-Elect (2006-07); Public Relations Officer (2005-2007)
  • Mu Phi Epsilon, Gamma Psi Alumni Chapter, Scholarship Committee Chairperson (2004-2005)
  • 20+ years extensive clinical practice
  • 15+ years teaching experience at undergraduate and graduate level
  • 15+ years of clinical supervision experience with interns and undergraduate students