Caroline Bryan, an alumni of the Academy of Music and American Youth Harp Ensemble, is pleased to be part of the Academy’s Faculty as a recent Board Certified Music Therapist. In 2014, Caroline graduated from James Madison University with a BA in Music Industry. She continued her studies at Shenandoah University and graduated in 2016 with a graduate certification in Professional Studies in Music Therapy. While in school, Caroline was involved in many practicum experiences that have helped further her learning and career in music therapy. Those experiences included the Adult Day Center in Winchester, Va., Music Therapy Field Service Project in Portland, Jamaica, and a local placement, VCU Medical Center, Richmond, VA. Caroline Bryan completed her internship placement at James River Juvenile Detention working with high risk adolescents on psychoeducational goals.
During her studies at Shenandoah University, Caroline has worked to serve her community by being a harp mentor, at the Boys and Girls Clubs, for the Harps Foundation program “Sound Experiences” and as a private harp teacher at the Academy of Music. She also worked as a musician for hire at three local Bon Secour Hospitals and as well as a Children’s Choir Director for Winfree Memorial Baptist Church. She also served as principal harpist for the James Madison University Symphony Orchestra, and as a performing harpist for the Shenandoah Conservatory Orchestra, Rockbridge Symphony, and the Richmond Philharmonic Orchestra. Her continued service work throughout her studies at Shenandoah University granted her the school’s Music Therapy Professional Studies Service Award. Caroline Bryan has currently accepted music therapy positions at Poplar Springs Hospital and Noah’s Children. She will also continue serving the community at the Academy of Music, Harps Foundation and as a music program leader for Art 180, a local nonprofit that serves a diverse youth population in self-awareness and expression.