Music Therapy

Music Therapy

The Hugh Hodgson School of Music’s music therapy department features internationally recognized faculty, attracting talented young musicians from the United States and abroad. 

Music therapy students at the Hodgson School learn from intensive, hands-on instruction, as well as gaining valuable interactive performance and teaching experience by participating in one of the Hodgson School's numerous educational and community outreach programs. Students have the opportunity to participate in and collaborate with the Hodgson School's numerous small chamber ensembles, orchestras, bands, and choirs, and hold an annual Music Therapy Musicale each year.

Academic Programs


Kennedy holds a Ph.D. in music education with an emphasis in music therapy from the University of Kansas, a master's degree in music education from East Carolina University, and a bachelor's degree in music from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Ellen Ritchey is a part-time Instructor and the clinical coordinator for the music therapy program at UGA. She holds master's degrees in music and music therapy from Southern Methodist University and received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The University of Georgia. She has practiced music therapy with geriatric, psychiatric, and IDD…