Pictured left to right: Bryanna Tobin, Emma Nadeau, Dr. Lisa Summer, Kayla McBrien and Emily Hawley.
Dr. Lisa Summer, Director of Music Therapy at Anna Maria College, received the 2017 Award of Merit at the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) National Conference in St. Louis on Friday, November 17. President-elect of AMTA Amber Weldon-Stephens presented the award to Dr. Summer for her contributions to the profession of music therapy.
“I am honored to be recognized by AMTA on a national level,” said Dr. Summer. “This is also an important achievement for the Anna Maria College Music Therapy program where we are preparing the next generation of music therapists and professionals. I will continue to work hard to be a role model to our students.”
The Award of Merit is given to individuals who have made significant contributions to AMTA through education, service, clinical practice and research. It honors their long term efforts towards the development and growth of the profession of music therapy.
“Lisa Summer tirelessly works to develop, maintain and advance Helen Bonny’s mission of GIM (Guided Imagery and Music) training, practice and research with a spirit of compassion, excellence and thoughtfulness,” said Amber Weldon-Stephens, President-elect of AMTA. “Lisa worked closely with Helen Bonny during her lifetime to maintain the integrity of the method. She has created important adaptations of GIM for acute populations.”