Andrea Hunt, Ph.D., Joins Music Faculty
Media, PA, resident Andrea McGraw Hunt, Ph.D., MT-BC, has joined the faculty of Immaculata University as assistant professor of Music Therapy and coordinator of Clinical Training.
Most recently, Hunt served as assistant professor in the Department of Music Education and Therapy at Temple University. Prior to that assignment, Hunt was the assistant director for the Arts and Quality of Life Research Center, also at Temple University. From 2002 to 2010, Hunt was a music therapist in private practice. Hunt gained experience as a music therapist at Girard Medical Center, Philadelphia Nursing Home, and Springfield Hospital Center in Sykesville, MD.
Earning a Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy from Michigan State University, Hunt continued her education earning both her master’s and doctoral degrees in Music Therapy from Temple University. From 2001-2011, Hunt learned the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (BMGIM) under the guidance of Kenneth Bruscia. According to the Association of Music and Imagery, BMGIM is a music-assisted transformational therapy that offers persons the opportunity to integrate mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual aspects of themselves.
In service to the profession, Hunt is an active member of the American Music Therapy Association, the Association for Music and Imagery, and serves on the Research Committee of the American Music Therapy Association Mid-Atlantic Region. Hunt is Board-Certified by the Certification Board for Music Therapists.
As an expert in the field of music therapy, Hunt has given presentations throughout the United States and internationally. She has also written extensively about various topics relating to music therapy including neurological research, creative approaches to reducing burn-out in medical personnel, and case study/results on neurophenomenological description of the guided imagery and music experience.
“I am very honored and excited to join the Immaculata community and to be a part of this vibrant music therapy program,” commented Hunt on her appointment to Immaculata University. “Immaculata’s program provides a personalized and practical experience for the students, and I am eager to get to work with them.”
Immaculata University is a Catholic, coeducational institution of higher learning, located on the Main Line between Malvern and Exton, 20 miles west of Philadelphia.