Meet the Chair
My career as a musician encompasses many fun, rewarding, very cool jobs.
From teaching K–8 students in public and private schools to working for the Boston Symphony Orchestra in a summer arts program; from working as a Board Certified Music Therapist with special-needs children in schools, and adolescents in a residential psychiatric ward, to serving as the director of programming for a community music school; from serving as the church organist for churches in Seattle to working with young musicians to perform on the Moore Theatre stage in Seattle — it is a foundation that inspires me as chair of the Music Department at Seattle Pacific. I remember and honor those music teachers in my life who gave me this foundation and inspired me to pursue my dreams.
I want and expect no less for the students who come to SPU's Music Department. Whether you are seeking entrance to a graduate degree program; developing skills in music therapy, music education, or music technology; or desiring a university-level experience in a performance ensemble, you will find our Music Department faculty rich in diverse training and experience, all with one common focus: you, our students.
I consider myself blessed to be in a community of faculty and staff who are dedicated to helping students pursue their goals in the study and performance of music. Our commitment is stated in the department's mission statement:
The Music Department at Seattle Pacific University seeks to be an exemplary community committed to helping students to develop their talents and abilities fully, to appreciate cultural heritage, and to integrate music knowledge and skills in a life characterized by Christian faith, wholeness, and service.
Whether you are a music major or minor planning for a career in music, or a non-major who just wants to play jazz, we welcome you to our department and into our community, where lifelong foundations are built.
Carlene J. Brown
Chair and Associate Professor of Music
Director, Music Therapy Program
About Carlene Brown
Carlene J. Brown is an associate professor of music and chair of the Music Department at Seattle Pacific. A board-certified music therapist, she also directs 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.
Publications by the Chair
Dr. Brown's writings have appeared in such publications as The Bulletin: King County Medical Society, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, and Voice of Washington Music Educators Association.