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 SRU Good News for Feb. 1, 2011 



SRU graduate uses music therapy as part of high school work

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Courtney Jones, a 2010 Slippery Rock University music education and music therapy graduate, is in the February issue of The Herald’s “Views and Voices” magazine with a feature about her work in music therapy.

The story and photos showed Jones, director of bands for Sharon City School District, working with her students on how music therapy can be used to achieve non-musical goals in areas of cognition, physical ability, and spiritual and emotional awareness. “The impact music can have on a person is incredible,” Jones told the Sharon-based newspaper.

She said at school she uses “music to address physical needs such as lowering heart and breathing rate and to reduce pain and anxiety. Music is also used to increase memory recall and improve quality of life.”

In addition to her school work, Jones provides music therapy and trumpet lessons at Marks Music in Hermitage.

While at SRU, Jones was a member of the SRU Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Brass Ensemble and Orchestra, in which her primary instrument was the French horn. She also played in regional ensembles in the Pittsburgh area.

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