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Lisa Summer (1995)
Professor, Music & Director of Music Therapy
B.M., Western Michigan University
Master of Creative Arts Therapy, Hahnemann University
Ph.D., University of Aalborg (Denmark)
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An undergraduate degree from Western Michigan University (1979)prepared me for my first music therapy positions at a Head Start program, a psychiatric hospital, and at many nursing homes in Baltimore and Philadelphia; and I subsequently earned a Masters degree in Creative Arts Therapy (1985) at the Hahnemann University (now Drexel University) while pioneering a new Therapeutic Music Program at the Philadelphia Settlement Music School with developmentally disabled children. Currently my clinical specialty is using Guided Imagery and Music (GIM) with adults with anxiety, depression, and addiction disorders and I received my doctorate from Aalborg University in Denmark (2009) where I focused on qualitative research on GIM.

After a decade of directing Helen Bonny’s (the founder of GIM) GIM Training at the Institute for Consciousness and Music in KS, I now (since 2006) direct the GIM Graduate Certificate Program at Anna Maria College. I teach GIM courses here during the summer and travel internationally twice a year, teaching GIM across the globe, most frequently in Beijing, and in Seoul where AMC has an official academic exchange with the music therapy program at Ewha Womans University.

I have been Director of the undergraduate Music Therapy Program at Anna Maria College for 18 years. I enjoy every aspect of my work: teaching, academic advising, developing field placements, being the Music Therapy Club advisor, and mentoring faculty through the Center for Teaching Excellence. Our curriculum, comprised of coursework and practica, prepares students to use creative music therapy interventions with children and adults in a wide variety of clinical settings around Massachusetts and neighboring states. Currently our students are placed with a roster of music therapy onsite supervisors (mostly AMC alumni) for pre-practicum, practicum and internship at the following sites:

• Cardinal Cushing School (Boston)
• Darcy Elementary School (Cheshire, CT)
• Dodd Middle School (Cheshire, CT)
• Heritage Middle School (Charlton)
• Oak Middle School (Shrewsbury)
• Overlook Masonic Health Center (Worcester)
• Perkins School for the Blind (Watertown)
• Quaboag Rehabilitation and Skilled Care Center (West Brookfield)
• Quinsigamond Elementary School (Worcester)
• Sturbridge Junior and Senior High School (Sturbridge)
• Tri-County Schools (Easthampton)
• Wingate Nursing Home (Hampden, MA)
• Wire Village (Spencer)

Our adjunct faculty includes:

• Monica Goncalves, MA, MT-BC. Music therapist at Assabet Valley Collaborative, Northborough
• Samantha Hale, MA, MT-BC. Music therapist at Teen Empowerment, Boston
• Tomoka Howard, MA, MT-BC. Music therapist at Overlook Masonic Home, Worcester; private practice in Holden, MA
• Lisa Kynvi, MA, MT-BC, Music therapist at Merrimack Valley Hospice, Andover


List of publications and presentations

Books

2002     Music and Consciousness: The Evolution of Guided Imagery and Music (Collected Works of Helen Bonny) As Editor. Gilsum, NH: Barcelona Publishers
1996     Music: The New Age Elixir, with Joseph Summer. Amherst, NY Prometheus Books
1988     Guided Imagery and Music in the Institutional Setting, MMB Music, Inc; St. Louis, MO. [also published in Japanese)

Book Chapters

2011     Client Perspectives on the Music in Guided Imagery and Music. In Qualitative Inquiries in Music Therapy: A Monograph Series, Volume 6. Ed: Susan Gardstrom. Gilsum, NH: Barcelona Publishers
2011     Music Therapy and Depression: Finding Resources through Music and Imagery. In Developments in Music Therapy Practice: Case Study Perspectives. Ed: Anthony Meadows. Gilsum, NH: Barcelona Publishers
2006    Summer, L & Chong, H.J. The Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music and Other Music and Imagery Techniques. In Music Therapy: Techniques, Methods, and Models.
Ed: Hyun Ju Chong. Seoul, S. Korea: Hakjisa Publishing Company (In Korean language)
2002     Historical Perspective. In Contemporary Voices in Music Therapy: Communication, Culture, and Community. Eds: Carolyn Kenny, Brynjulf Stige. Oslo, Norway: Unipub Forlag/Akademika AS (Reprint)
2002     Group Music and Imagery Therapy: An Emergent Music Therapy. In Guided Imagery and Music: The Bonny Method and Beyond. Eds: Kenneth Bruscia & Denise Grocke. Gilsum, NH: Barcelona Publishers
2000     Supervision of First-Time Practica. In Music Therapy Supervision. Ed: Michele Forinash.
Gilsum, NH: Barcelona Publishers
1998     The Pure Music Transference in Guided Imagery and Music (GIM). In The Dynamics of Music Psychotherapy. Ed: Kenneth Bruscia. Gilsum, NH: Barcelona Publishers
1996     Unsound Medicine. In Listening, Playing and Creating: Essays on the Power of Sound. Ed: Carolyn Bereznak Kenny. NY: SUNY Press

Journals (As Editor)

2010     Summer, L. & Kenny, C. (Eds) Voices, 10(3) Special Issue Commemorating Helen Bonny/GIM
2001     Summer, L. & Nolan, P. (Eds) Music Therapy Perspectives, 19(1) Special issue on the Role of Music
1996     Summer, L. & Oldfield, A. (Eds) Music Therapy International Report, 7; American Association for
Music Therapy.
1994     Summer, L. & Smeijsters, H. (Eds) Music Therapy International Report, 8; AAMT
1992     Summer, L. (Ed) Music Therapy International Report, 9; AAMT
1990     Summer, L. (Ed) Music Therapy International Report, 10; AAMT

Peer-Reviewed Articles

2012     Wheeler, B., Summer, L., Wagner, G., Madsen, C., Turry, A. Eschen, J. Five International Models of Music Therapy Practice. Voices, Volume 12(2). https://normt.uib.no/index.php/voices/issue/current.
2012     Montgomery, E. An Interview with Lisa Summer: Discussing GIM and its Adaptations. Voices, Volume 12(2). https://normt.uib.no/index.php/voices/issue/current.
2011     Summer, L. & Paik-Maier, S. Finding Inner Resources through Supportive Music and Imagery. Music Therapy Today, 9(1), Summer 2011     (Proceedings of the 13th World Congress of Music Therapy)
2001     Humble Beginnings. Voices, 1(1): An International Online Forum for Music Therapy
1998     Considering the Future of Music Therapy. Arts in Psychotherapy, 24(1), 85-90
1995     Melding Musical and Psychological Processes. Journal of the Association for Music & Imagery, 4, 37-48
1994     Considering Classical Music for use in Psychiatric Music Therapy. Music Therapy Perspectives, 12(2), 130-3

1992     Music: The Aesthetic Elixir. Journal of the Association for Music and Imagery, 1(1), 43-54
1988     Comparing Genres of Music for Therapy.Music & Health Conference Proceedings; Eastern Kentucky U.
1985     Imagery and Music. Journal of Mental Imagery, 9(4), 83 90
1981     Tuning Up In The Classroom With Music And Relaxation. Journal for Suggestive-Accelerative Learning and Teaching, 6(1), 46 50
1981     Guided Imagery and Music With The Elderly. Music Therapy, 1(1), 39 43

Presentations: International Keynote Speeches

Jan 2012     GIM: Past, Present, Future; International Seminar on Music Imagery; Ewha Womans University; Seoul, South Korea
Jul 2011     Supportive Music and Imagery
Korean Expressive Arts Psychotherapy Association Annual Conference; Seoul, South Korea
Oct 2010     New Directions in the Clinical Practice of Guided Imagery and Music
Institute of Korean Arts Therapy Conference; Yeoju, South Korea
Oct 2010     New Directions in GIM. 1st Anniversary Celebration of Arts, Education, Therapy Institute
Ewha Womans University; Seoul, South Korea
Sep 2010     Helen Bonny’s Life and the Future of GIM
9th European Guided Imagery and Music Conference; Laguardia, Spain
May 2002     Music and Imagery: Practical Applications in Clinical Practice.
Canadian Association for Music Therapy Conference; Regina, Saskatchewan; Canada
Nov 2000     Clinical Indications and Contraindications of Imagery and Music
Japanese Association for Music Therapy Conference; Gifu, Japan
Sep 1998     Status of Guided Imagery and Music Training in the U.S.
10th Anniversary Conference; Bonny Foundation; Salina, KS
May 1997     A Creative Treatment for the 90's. 1st Taiwan Music Therapy Association Conference; Taipei

Presentations: International Seminars

July 2011     (Finding Inner Resources through Supportive Music and Imagery
13th World Congress of Music Therapy; Sookmyung Women’s University; Seoul, South Korea
July 2011     Supportive Music and Imagery: Two Group Experiential Seminars
Korean Expressive Arts Psychotherapy Association Annual Conference; Seoul, South Korea
July 2011     Resource-Oriented Music & Imagery Techniques for Mental Health Professionals (2 days)
Music Therapy Association of Taiwan; Taipei City
Oct 2010     Supportive Music and Imagery: A Sound Basis for Health
Institute for Korean Arts Therapy; Yeoju, South Korea
Nov 2008     Music-centered Guided Imagery and Music. With Lars Ole Bonde
Danish Society for Guided Imagery and Music; Aalborg, Denmark
Sep 2008     Focusing on the Music in GIM. With Lars Ole Bonde
European Guided Imagery and Music Conference; Fevik, Norway
Sep 2008     Panel Presentation: Creative Directions in Music & Imagery: Research from Aalborg University With Lars Ole. Bonde, Bolette Daniels Beck, and Torben Moe
Dec 2007     Clinical Perspectives on Music and Imagery. Expressive Arts Institute of Sweden; Stockholm
Dec 2002     Clinical Applications of Imagery and the Creative Arts
Association of Virgin Islands Psychologists; St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands
Sep 2002     Practicing Group Music and Imagery. With Francis Goldberg.
European Guided Imagery and Music Conference; Krummendeich, Germany
May 2002     Public Forum: Behind the Scenes: How Music Works
University of Regina; Saskatchewan; Sponsored by the Canadian Association for Music Therapy
Nov 1999     Panel Presentation: The Role of Music in the Five International Models of Music Therapy. Moderator/Presenter. World Congress of Music Therapy; Washington, D.C.
Jun 1999     Guided Imagery and Music; Swedish Society for Music Therapy; Stockholm, Sweden
Jun 1999     Guided Imagery and Music; Danish Association for Music and Imagery; Copenhagen, Denmark
May 1997     Introduction to Music & Imagery; Conference of the Taiwan Music Therapy Association; Taipei
Jan 1997     Advanced Clinical Issues in Music Therapy.
Royal College of Music, Department of Music Therapy; Stockholm, Sweden
Nov 1995     Clinical Practice in Guided Imagery and Music; University of Oslo; Oslo, Norway
European Guided Imagery and Music Conference; Fevik, Norway
Nov 1995     Group Music and Imagery
Royal College of Music, Department of Music Therapy; Stockholm, Sweden
Nov 1995     Case Studies from Short-Term Psychotherapy Using Music and Imagery Techniques
Swedish Society for Music Psychotherapy; Stockholm, Sweden
Sep 1993     Considering the Elements and Structure of Music in Therapy
Royal College of Music, Department of Music Therapy; Stockholm, Sweden

Presentations in the U.S.

Jun 2011 Keynote Presentation: Helen Bonny’s Journey
Presentation: What do you do In Between GIM Sessions?
Association for Music and Imagery National Conference, Chicago, IL

Nov 2010 Panel: Pre-Internship Hours: What They Are, What They Are Not
With Marilyn Sandness and Members of Academic Program Approval Committee
American Music Therapy Association National Conference; Cleveland, OH

Mar 2010 Music Therapy: A Therapeutic Approach with Traumatized Children. With Monica Goncalves
Courage to Care: Anna Maria College Social Work Conference; Paxton, MA

Nov 2009 Panel: A Roundtable Focused on Online and Distance Learning in Music Therapy
With Lalene Kay, Douglas Keith, Christine Korb, Sophia Lee, Victoria Vega, Ronald Sherwin
American Music Therapy Association National Conference; San Diego, CA

Nov 2006 Panel: Innovative Models of Music Therapy
With Kenneth Aigen, Dale Taylor, and Corinne Thaut
American Music Therapy Association National Conference; Kansas City, MO

Nov 2006 Panel: Existential-Humanistic Music Therapy
With Paul Nolan, Barbara Hesser, Joanne Loewy, and Clive Robbins
Conference of the American Music Therapy Association; Kansas City, MO

Nov 2005 Panel: Models of Music Therapy: The Role of the Aesthetic Aspects of Music in Analytical MT, Behavioral MT, GIM, and NRMT
With Kenneth Aigen, Michelle Cooper, Rick Shoshensky, and Michael Clark.
American Music Therapy Association National Conference; Orlando, FL

Jun 2005 Panel: Music and Imagery: Roundtable on Current Practice and Training. Moderator/Presenter.
With Nicki Cohen, Cathy McKinney, Therese West, and Frances Goldberg
Association for Music and Imagery National Conference; Bowen Island; Canada

Nov 2004 Panel: Multiple Perspectives on Music-Centered Music Therapy
With Kenneth Aigen, Diane Austin, and Alan Turry
American Music Therapy Association National Conference; Austin, TX

Nov 2002 Music: Sound Medicine for the Mind, Body, and Spirit
Conference of the Institute for Body, Mind, and Spirituality; Lesley College; Boston, MA

Mar 2001 Music-Centered Clinical Practice: Parallel Developments in GIM and Nordoff-Robbins
With Kenneth Aigen. Nordoff-Robbins Center at NYU; New York City, NY

May 2000 Music, Imagery, and Consciousness
Conference of the Institute for Body, Mind, and Spirituality; Lesley College; Boston, MA

Mar 1999 Continued Explorations into Music Therapy Supervision. With Michele Forinash
New England Region of the American Music Therapy Association Conference; Meredith, NJ

Nov 1998 Are We Friends with our Co-Therapist? With Helen Bonny
American Music Therapy Association National Conference; Cleveland, OH

Nov 1998 New Directions in Music Therapy Supervision. With Michele Forinash
American Music Therapy Association National Conference; Cleveland, OH

Apr 1998 Supervision in Music Therapy. With Michele Forinash
New England Region of the American Music Therapy Association Conference; Meredith, NH

Jun 1997 The Relationship between Music Therapy and Music Healing
American Association for Music Therapy Conference; Catskills, NY

Feb 1997 Music Therapy and Music Healing
Massachusetts Music Therapy Alliance; Boston, MA

Nov 1996 Introduction to Music and Imagery. With Helen Bonny
Joint Conference NAMT/AAMT; Nashville, TN

Mar 1996 Music as Mother. New England Region of the National Association for Music Therapy Conference; Springfield, MA

Feb 1996 Panel: Music Therapy Education in Massachusetts
With Michele Forinash (Lesley College) and Suzanne Hanser (Berklee College of Music)

Nov 1991 The Relationship between New Age Music Healing and Music Therapy
National Association for Music Therapy Conference; San Diego, CA

Apr 1991 Music in Therapy: Innovative Interventions
Tennessee Association for Music Therapy Conference; Nashville, TN

Jun 1990 GIM in the Institutional Setting. With Fran Goldberg.
National Conference of the Association for Music and Imagery; Albany, NY

Mar 1990 Exploring Feelings Towards Difficult Clients. Southeastern Chapter of the
National Association for Music Therapy Conference; Tuscaloosa, AL

Nov 1989 Panel: Exploring the Relationship Between Sound and Image
With Ted Tims, Paul Nolan, Suzanne Hanser, Mark Rider, and Helen Bonny
National Association for Music Therapy Conference; Kansas City, KS

Apr 1988 Guided Imagery and Music: Choosing Genres of Music for Therapy
Second National Music and Health Conference; Eastern Kentucky University; Richmond, KY

Nov 1987 Guided Imagery and Music in the Institutional Setting
National Association for Music Therapy Conference; San Francisco, CA

Jan 1987 GIM: Special Uses of Music Therapy
Tennessee Association for Music Therapy Conference; Cookeville, TN

Apr 1986 Introducing Children to Opera through Improvisation and Imagery
Association for Music and Imagery National Conference; Chicago, IL

Apr 1986 Introduction to Guided Imagery and Music
Southeastern Chapter of the National Association for Music Therapy Conference; Nashville, TN

Apr 1986 Advanced Workshop in Guided Imagery and Music
Southeastern Chapter of the National Association for Music Therapy Conference; Nashville, TN

Pre-conference Seminars (5 hour continuing education)

Mar 2010 Survival 101 for Music Therapy Students. With Ronald Sherwin, PhD
New England Region of the American Music Therapy Association Conference; Westport, CT

Jun 2009 Music as the Primary Therapist in Guided Imagery and Music
Association for Music and Imagery National Conference; Chicago, IL

Nov 2007 Existential/Humanistic Music Therapy W/Clive Robbins, Paul Nolan, and Joanne Loewy
American Music Therapy Association National Conference; Louisville, KY

Nov 2005 Music and the Self
American Music Therapy Association National Conference; Orlando, FL.

Apr 2004 Music and the Self
New England Region of the American Music Therapy Association Conference; Falmouth, MA

Nov 2000 Practical and Innovative Strategies for Music Therapy Supervisors. Moderator/Presenter.
With Gillian Stephens, Tom Benson, Lois Friedlander, and Sumi Paik-Maier
American Music Therapy Association National Conference; St. Louis, MO

Apr 1999 Music Therapy & Medicine: National Satellite Broadcast of American Music Therapy Association
Host/Moderator/Presenter for Panel on Music Therapy in Medicine
With Gordon Saperia, MD, Lesley Bourne, PhD, Kari Radford, RN, Sumi Paik-Maier, MT-BC
St. Vincent Hospital; Worcester, MA

May 1993 Music and Spirituality. With Helen Bonny
American Association for Music Therapy Conference; Boston, MA

Mar 1991 The Use of GIM and other Music/Imagery Techniques in Music Therapy Practice.
With Roberta Wigle (Justice). Great Lakes Region of the National Association for Music Therapy Regional Conference.

Feb 1987 The Use of Imagery and Gestalt Techniques in Music Therapy with Alcoholics. Southeastern
Chapter of the National Association for Music Therapy Conference; Charleston, SC