Faculty Profile

Rebecca Barnard

Associate Professor

Music and Theatre


Professor Barnard brings her passion for music and her excitement for the profession to the IWU Music Therapy program. She is responsible for teaching most of the music therapy classes as well as overseeing the supervision of students during their pre-clinical training.

Prior to coming to IWU, Professor Barnard served as a clinician for various populations, most recently hospice. She is very involved within both the regional and national level of the American Music Therapy Association and has presented both on the benefits of music therapy in various arenas.

  • Sing Me Home: The use of Songwriting at the end of life 
  • Bicycle Built for Two: Restocking your therapy toolbox 
  • Music Therapy: A Non-Pharmacological Approach to Treating Patients with Dementia 
  • From Zero to Hero: Enhancing your Songwriting Superpowers 

American Music Therapy Association 

  • GLR Vice President 2015-2017 
  • GLR Vice President Elect 2013-2015 
  • Assembly Delegate 2013-Present 
  • Affiliate Relations Committee 2006-2016 
  • Member, 2000-Present

Professor Barnard continues to serve as a clinician and presenter in the field of music therapy, as well as performing as opportunities present themselves.


Western Michigan University, 2011

B.M. - Music Therapy

Southwestern Oklahoma State University , 2005

B.M. - Vocal Performance

Southwestern Oklahoma State University , 2004


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