Faculty Profile

Karen Miller

Associate Professor

Music and Theatre


Karen Miller is Associate Professor of Music Therapy at Indiana Wesleyan University. Prior to joining the faculty at IWU, Professor Miller served for 18 years as Professor and Director of Music Therapy at Sam Houston State University. She additionally acquired more than 10 years' experience in clinical music therapy practice, providing services to a wide variety of populations in Florida, South Carolina, and Texas. Areas of specialization include music therapy in the psychiatric treatment of adolescents, and Neurologic Music Therapy in the treatment of patients suffering from strokes, traumatic brain injuries, and Parkinson's Disease.

Ms. Miller has presented clinical and research material regionally, nationally, and internationally. Her research is published in the Journal of Music Therapy and Music Therapy Perspectives. She is a Past-President of the American Music Therapy Association's Southwestern Region (SWAMTA) and has served the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) as a long-standing Assembly Delegate and as co-chair of the organization’s Academic Program Approval Committee.

As Director of Music Therapy at SHSU, Professor Miller contributed to both qualitative and quantitative growth of music therapy programs through endeavors such as overseeing the development of graduate programs in music therapy, developing the on-campus SHSU Music Therapy Clinic, and establishing a wide variety of practicum and internship programs. Professor Miller gained prior university teaching experience at both the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, and The Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida.

Ms. Miller is also a singer/songwriter and has produced two CD's of original songs.

Her music education and music therapy studies were completed at Oklahoma Baptist University (B.M.E.) and The Florida State University (M.M.).

Master of Music

Florida State University, 1991

Bachelor of Music Education

Oklahoma Baptists University, 1989


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