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Carlene Brown

Carlene J. Brown

Associate Professor and Chair, Music Department; Director, Music Therapy Program

Email: browncj@spu.edu
Phone: 206-281-2920
Office: Crawford 206


Education: BA, Emmanuel College, 1980; MA, University of Washington, 1987; PhD, University of Washington, 1991. At SPU since 2005.

Dr. Carlene J. Brown has been a musician, music educator, music therapist, and arts manager for over 25 years. Her early training began in Boston, Massachusetts, where she studied music, taught in the Boston Public School system, earned her certification in music therapy, and worked several summers at Tanglewood, for the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Brown earned a master's degree and doctorate in Systematic Musicology, with a focus on the Psychology of Music, from the University of Washington.

Dr. Brown is currently an Associate Professor and Chair of the Music Department at Seattle Pacific University. She is a Board Certified Music Therapist and director of the SPU Music Therapy Program, the first music therapy program in the state of Washington.

Her clinical and research interests are in the use of music for the management of pain. In addition to teaching core courses in music therapy, such as Introduction to Music Therapy, the Psychology of Music, and Music and Medicine, Dr. Brown teaches the first-year curriculum of music theory. She has been honored and recognized twice by the University for her teaching. She is an organist for St. Brendan's Parish in Bothell, Washington.


Selected Publications

  • Brown, C.J. (2012, July/August). "Music in Medicine." The Bulletin: King County Medical Society, 91 (4), 17–18
  • Bradshaw, D.H., Brown, C.J., Cepeda M.S. (2011). "Music for Pain Relief." Published protocol in The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, The Cochrane Collaboration.
  • Brown, C.J. (2011). "A Look at Music Therapy." Voice of Washington Music Educators Association, Jan. 56 (2), 35–37.

Please view Dr. Brown's CV (PDF) for more publications.

Carlene Brown

Why I Teach at SPU

Carlene Brown, Associate Professor and Chair, Music Department; Director, Music Therapy Program

"I love teaching, especially at SPU. I primarily teach freshman students, an experience that I consider to be fun, inspiring, enlightening, and challenging ― especially Music Theory at 8 a.m.! Music Therapy students are passionate and motivated to use their musical gifts to serve others. I am blessed to watch students grow and see how transformative learning and service can be. Yet I, too, am privileged to see the world through their eyes and perspective. My learning and growth have been alongside them as well."

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