Marywood Professor Receives Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award

Published on Fri, December 05, 2008

SCRANTON, PA-December 1, 2008  Marywood University's Sister Mariam Pfeifer, IHM, Professor and Director of the Music Therapy Program, received the 2008 Honorary Life Membership Award at the 10th Annual American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) National Conference in St. Louis, MO.

This award is given to an individual with distinguished service in the field of music therapy voted by the board of directors of AMTA. The recipient must exemplify extraordinary service, teaching, and dedication. Sr. Mariam has served on the Board of Directors of AMTA and as a committee chairperson. Currently, she serves as the President of the Mid Atlantic Region of AMTA.

 "The Honorary Life Membership Award is an honor and I am very pleased to receive such a high award," Sister Mariam stated. "I have given my life for music therapy and I strongly believe in everything it stands for. I hope with my years of hard work, individuals can recognize the significance of music therapy."

Sister Mariam has been a member of the Marywood community since 1977. She helped start the Music Therapy program in 1979 and has been the director ever since. She has been honored with many accolades for her service to the profession at Marywood and, in 2007, Sister Mariam played a key role in starting the Master Program of Music Therapy. Additionally, she has presented during conferences around the world from Italy and England to California.

AMTA's purpose is the progressive development of the therapeutic use of music in rehabilitation, special education, and community settings. AMTA is committed to the advancement of education, training, professional standards, credentials, and research in support of the music therapy profession.