Instructor of Music Education
Amy Hourigan, Assistant Professor of Music Education, began her professional music career as an elementary music education specialist in Itasca, Illinois. After eight years teaching music in the Illinois public schools, Ms. Hourigan took time off to raise her two children, Joshua and Andrew. During this time she saw how certain therapies (and therapists) had a profound affect on their clients’ progress. Amy became interested in music therapy as a means to help people meet their goals through music.
She earned her degree in music therapy from Eastern Michigan University. During her time at Eastern Michigan, she provided services to children, teenagers and adults in a variety of settings. Amy is certified through the Certification Board of Music Therapists and is the owner/operator of Music Therapy Connections, LLC in Muncie, Indiana. Ms. Hourigan is also an adjunct faculty member at Ball State University teaching a music education course for elementary education majors.
Amy is the co-author of “Teaching Music to Children with Autism: Understandings and Perspectives,” Music Educators Journal, September 2009. Ms. Hourigan is also a contributing author to Teaching Music to Students with Special Needs: A Label Free Approach by Alice Hammel and Ryan Hourigan. In addition, Amy has presented nationally at conferences including Indiana, Virginia and Kentucky Music Educators’ Association Conferences.