The William Carey University music therapy program has entered into its 40th year of providing a quality education to students interested in using their musical talents to enhance the lives of others.
A reception was held at the Hattiesburg campus on February 26 to honor the program’s 40th anniversary. The program was established in 1975 as an initiative of Dr. Don Winters, then-dean of the School of Music. Dr. Paul Cotten, a noted music therapist, psychologist and then-director of Ellisville State School, was employed to head up the program and recruit the first students.
“Dr. Winters was a very creative, innovative fellow who was very interested in doing good,” said Dr. Cotten, who retired as full-time faculty from Carey in 2014 and is now an adjunct professor. “He learned about music therapy because I was speaking about it around the area at the time … and he thought the program was needed at Carey.”