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March 21, 2005
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EMU'S McGuire honored for outstanding professional achievement

YPSILANTI - Michael G. McGuire, professor of music and coordinator of the music therapy program at Eastern Michigan University, was recently honored by the American Music Therapy Association - Great Lakes Region for outstanding professional contributions.

McGuire, of Ypsilanti Township, was presented with the association's Honorary Life Member Award March 5 at the Great Lakes Regional Conference in Milwaukee.

"It is quite personally fulfilling and humbling to have my contributions to music therapy acknowledged by peers and colleagues in my professional organization," said McGuire, who was presented with a plaque for distinguished service to the profession. "This honor has touched me deeply, and caused me to look at my work in a totally new light."

Music therapy is the specialized use of music by credentialed professionals to develop individualized treatment and interventions for clients with social, communication, emotional, physical and cognitive needs, said McGuire, who has been coordinator of EMU's program since 1983.

Under McGuire's direction, EMU's music therapy program became one of only 67 in the country to receive full accreditation by the American Music Therapy Association. Approximately 95 percent of EMU music therapy graduates pass their board certification exam, compared to the 75-percent national pass rate.

McGuire is active in state, regional and national music therapy organizations. He currently serves as chairman of the board of directors for the Certification Board for Music Therapists. He also has served as a member and chair of the national ethics and standards committees.

Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their careers and lives, and to be better citizens.

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Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

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