Friday, July 21, 2017

M is for The Music Therapy Show (Episode 210)

In this A-Z Blogging Challenge post, I am pleased to share information about Friday’s Music Therapy Show with guest Dr. Petra Kern.

Virtual Students: Lessons Learned from Online Teaching

Universities increasingly offer online learning, which requires educators to reformulate personal relationships with students, rethink pedagogic concepts, transform content, and learn about new technology. This show features Dr. Petra Kern who talks about lessons learned from seventeen 3-credit music therapy courses taught at three universities in the United States plus various online guest lectures conducted worldwide. We will also hear about from the experiences of her students.

Petra Kern, Ph.D., MT-BC, MTA, DMtG, owner of Music Therapy Consulting, has a clinical and research focus on young children with autism spectrum disorder, inclusion, and coaching parents and caregivers. She is recipient of the AMTA 2008 Research/Publications Award, editor-in-chief of the online magazine imagine, and author of over 50 publications. A former research scholar at UNC at Chapel Hill, Dr. Kern has taught at the University of Windsor, SUNY New Paltz, and Marylhurst University where she received the 2013 Faculty Innovation and Excellence Grant. Currently she is an online professor at the University of Louisville and Augsburg College. A former President of the World Federation of Music Therapy (WFMT) and recipient of the 2014 WFMT Service Award, Dr. Kern continues to serve on various editorial boards, the AMTA Steering Committee on ASD, and is an active international speaker and guest lecturer. For more details, please visit her website at



Allen, A., & Seaman, J. (2015). Grade change: Tracking online education in the United States (Report). Retrieved from Babson Survey Research Group and Quahog Research Group, LLC

Kern, P. (2014). Teaching today and tomorrow: Rethinking education for an online world. In J. Fachner, P. Kern, & G. Tucek (Eds.). Proceedings of the 14. World Congress of Music Therapy. Special issue of Music Therapy Today 10(1), 30-31. Retrieved from

Palloff R. M. & Pratt, K. (2013). Lessons from the Virtual Classroom: The realities of online teaching. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

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