Dr. Alicia Barksdale
Music Therapy Program
WAU's Music Therapy Program is led by Dr. Alicia Barksdale.
WAU is the first school in Maryland, and, within the Adventist education system in North America, to offer a four-year academic and clinical program based on the education requirements established by the American Music Therapy Association.
Included in the program are courses in Music, General Education (with special emphasis in psychology and special education) and Music Therapy. WAU’s music therapy program is approved by the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) and the National Association for Schools of Music (NASM).
Professor, Amy Tenney
Music Therapy Clinical Coordinator
Ms. Tenney is a board-certified music therapist and serves as the Music Therapy Clinical Coordinator/Practicum Supervisor at WAU. She has experience providing music therapy to various populations of children and adults, including immigrants and refugees, seniors, and individuals with special needs.
Ms. Tenney was a recipient of a Community Fellowship through Open Society Institute-Baltimore. Through this fellowship, she founded and continues to serve as the director of RICH in Music: Refugee – Immigrant Connection & Healing, based in Baltimore.
Ms. Tenney previously served on the Maryland Music Therapy State Task Force for Occupational Regulation, which subsequently achieved licensure for music therapists in Maryland.
Washington Adventist University
Department of Music
7711 Greenwood Ave
Takoma Park, MD 20912
Dr. Alicia Barksdale, Music Therapy Program Director
Dr. Cindybet Perez Martinez
Professor, Music Therapy
Dr. Cindybet Pérez Martínez, PhD, MT-BC, NMT is a board-certified clinical and neurologic music therapist with over 10 years of experience.
She is also a music educator and special education specialist certified in Puerto Rico, the State of Florida and the State of Alabama. She completed her BA in Music Education at the University of Puerto Rico, her Masters in Music Therapy at Illinois State University and her Doctorate in Music Therapy at Cambridge International University, Spain.
She has experience working with neonates, infants, children, youth, adults, elderly and families in a great diversity of settings such as hospitals, nursing homes, schools, hospice, among others, helping individuals and families improve their quality of life and health through music therapy.