Music; Music Therapy; Jewish Ritual; Spirituality
Ed.D., Columbia University
M.Mus., The Florida State University
B.Mus., The Florida State University
Curriculum Vitae (pdf)
Suzanne B. Hanser
Suzanne B. Hanser, Ed.D., MT-BC is the founding chair of the Music Therapy Department at Berklee College of Music. She is past President of both the World Federation of Music Therapy and the National Association for Music Therapy. Dr. Hanser is music therapist at the Leonard P. Zakim Center for Integrated Therapies and research associate at the Phyllis F. Cantor Center for Research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. She received a National Research Service Award from the National Institute on Aging and was a Senior Postdoctoral Fellow in Psychiatry at Stanford University School of Medicine. She has served as Program Director of the Alzheimer’s Association, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter, and Chair of the Music Therapy Department at University of the Pacific. Dr. Hanser is the author of The New Music Therapist’s Handbook, and she has published numerous articles in diverse journals. Recently, she was named by the Boston Globe as one of eleven Bostonians Changing the World. She volunteers at Mayyim Hayyim as a madrichah or guide.
As a mikveh guide and trainer, I create rituals for women who are celebrating life cycle events as well as less-commonly observed transitions, such as menopause and the empty nest. As a music therapist, I help people express their spirituality through musical means. The proposed project will enable me to chronicle some of the spiritual experiences of women as they proceed through life’s passages at the mikveh.
Hanser, S.B. & Mandel, S.E. Manage Your Stress & Pain through Music. Boston: Berklee Press, 2010.
Hanser, Suzanne B. “Music therapy-based mechanisms for coping with stress and pain.” Journal of Urban Culture Research, Special Issue 2012, 98-108.