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Faculty Profile

Nancy Houghton

Nancy Hurlow Houghton

Instructor of Music Therapy

Phone: 206-281-2938
Office: Crawford 207

Education: BA, University of the Pacific; MA, MT-BC, St. Mary of the Woods College

Nancy Houghton, board certified music therapist, serves as adjunct faculty in the SPU Music Therapy Program. She teaches core Music Therapy classes and coordinates student clinical training in various settings throughout Seattle. Ms. Houghton also conducts a private music therapy practice on Bainbridge Island and serves as guest lecturer/consultant in the field of music therapy. She has worked in a variety of clinical settings, including MusicWorks Northwest and United Cerebral Palsy Center, and substitutes as a special needs para-educator in the Bainbridge Island School District.

Ms. Houghton received her bachelor of music in music therapy  degree from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, in 1978; in 2007 received her master of arts in music therapy from Saint-Mary-College-of-the Woods, Terre Haute, Indiana. Her internship was completed in adult psychiatry at the Menninger Foundation in Topeka, Kansas. Subsequent professional trainings include completing Levels I and II of the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music and acquiring Certification in Neurologic Music Therapy from Colorado State University. She has also completed the certificate program in nonfiction writing from the University of Washington Extension Program, received Kindermusik licensure, and pursued in-depth studies and travel in the uses of cross-cultural music in healing with the Open Ear Center in Bainbridge Island, Washington.

Volunteering and community service are significant components of Ms. Houghton’s life. She currently serves as vice president of the Music Therapy Association of Washington, having completed a two-year term as president. She has sung in the Bainbridge Chorale for over 20 years and has served as section leader and board of trustees member. Her other passion is working with the Bainbridge-Ometepe Sister Island Association as a member of the Special Needs Committee. This work has led her to the island of Ometepe in Nicaragua several times to build community and support services for the special-needs population. This has included providing the blind students with braille materials and special computers, and setting up Nicaraguan sign language classes for the deaf children and their parents.

Ms. Houghton and her husband, a musician, have raised two children, who now attend college. Her other interests include cooking, sailing, skiing, kayaking and, of course, music.