Le Fer Hall
Tracy Richardson
Departments / Offices
  • Arts & Letters
  • Master of Arts in Music Therapy
  • Music and Theatre
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Advanced Practicum
  • Research Methods
  • Thesis
  • Advanced Improvisation and Songwriting

Education and Qualifications

  • Ph.D., Indiana State University (Counselor Education)
  • M.S., Indiana State University (Agency Counseling)
  • B.S., Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (Music Therapy)
  • Board-certified music therapist through the Certification Board for Music Therapists

Professional Contributions

Areas of Specialization, Publication, & Research

  • Richardson, T. (2023). Instructor: Songwriting Intensive Training and Retreat (Plainsong Music Therapy).
  • Richardson, T. (2023). The Church in the Wildwood [Album].
  • Boyle, S., McHugh, & Richardson, T. (2020). Take it to the music: Encouraging compassion, reflection, and growth during supervision.
  • Richardson, T. (2019). Who moved my cape?! Letting go of your superwoman expectations. Terre Haute, IN: Tracy Richardson Music.
  • Richardson, T. (2011). The impact of training on music therapists’ songwriting knowledge, self-efficacy, and behavior (Doctoral dissertation).
  • Richardson, T. (2010). I celebrate my life. Songwriting and recording session with breast cancer survivors. Celebration of Life conference.
  • Five-hour Continuing Music Therapy Education (CMTE) sessions for music therapists and regional and national conferences, including:
    • Ignite your songwriting: A workshop to build skills and confidence
    • I write the songs: Songwriting in/as music therapy
  • Regular presenter at state, regional, and national music therapy conferences on topics such as: Distance Education in Music Therapy, Clinical Training of Undergraduate and Graduate Music Therapy Students and Songwriting in Music Therapy.

Recognition and Awards

  • 2023 American Songwriter Magazine, Lyric contest winner (Jan./Feb.).
  • 2015 Grant from USO to SMWC for Retreat for Military couples.
  • 2009 Spirit of Unification Award and Award of Merit, American Music Therapy Association.
  • 2009 Songwriting Award, American Music Therapy Association.
  • 2005, 2013, 2019 Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College Sister Mary Joseph Pomeroy Award for Faculty Excellence for Service.

Professional Service/Membership

  • American Music Therapy Association
    • Commission on the Education and Clinical Training of 21st Century Music Therapists (2018-present)
    • Competency Review Task Force (2018-present)
    • Great Lakes Region of the American Music Therapy Association (President 2011-2013)
  • Nashville Songwriters Association International
  • 36 years clinical practice; 29 years teaching experience