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Music Therapy Chair Named Professional of the Year in Music Education by Cambridge Who’s Who

Sister Donna Marie Beck, professor and director of the Department of Music Therapy at Duquesne’s Mary Pappert School of Music, has been named Professional of the Year in Music Education by Cambridge Who’s Who.

“It’s a privilege and an honor to have been selected by Cambridge Who’s Who for this distinction,” said Sister Beck, a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Baden, Pa.  “I am grateful to my family, my religious community and to Duquesne University for cultivating a love and interest in me that has helped me to grow spiritually and educationally.”

Cambridge Who’s Who names only one member from each discipline as a Professional of the Year. The honorees are selected based on their accomplishments, academic achievement, leadership and service.

A recognized expert in the field of music therapy, Sister Beck conducts music therapy workshops and seminars nationally and internationally. She also specializes in music and spirituality, education, and using the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music.  She is a fellow of the Association of Music and Imagery, and was recognized in 2003 with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA). Sister Beck is a past AMTA executive board member and served as treasurer for the organization’s mid-atlantic region.

Sister Beck began at the Music School 1982, after teaching music in Catholic elementary and secondary schools for 22 years. She holds a Ph.D. in formative spirituality and music, as well as an M.A., M.M.Ed. and a B.S. in music education from Duquesne University.

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