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December Graduate Profile: Elise Houk ’23 (Music Therapy)

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Leading up to December Commencement, we’re asking some of our graduates to tell us about their experience as Greyhounds and where their journey will lead them next. Meet December 2023 graduate Elise Houk, who will receive her Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy later this week!

Why did you pursue a degree in music therapy?

I chose music therapy because of my passion for music and my strong desire to help others. I wanted my career to be more meaningful to me than just a paycheck and have a positive impact on other people’s lives.

Why did you choose to study at UIndy?

I chose to study at UIndy because it was close to home, UIndy’s kind professors and welcoming community of students.

Are you a part of any extracurriculars (RSOs, societies, student leadership, teams, volunteerism, etc.) on or off campus? If so, what are they and what is your role?

I served as Treasurer for the Music Therapy Student Association in 2021 before becoming President in 2022. I also performed in UIndy’s chamber orchestra as a violinist, and I participated in Cru.

Are there any faculty or staff members who have significantly impacted your time at UIndy? If so, who are they and how did they influence you?

Professor Amy Foley and Dr. James Williams have both had significant impact on my education.

Professor Foley has been my advisor for my honors project, my practicum supervisor, and a wonderful professor who has shown her dedication to the education of her students. Because of her, I feel very confident about my future as a music therapist.

Dr. Williams has encouraged my growth as an Honors scholar. When I had questions about any stage of the proposal, Dr. Williams made himself available to help. Additionally, he was able to help me appreciate the history of Spain during the Camino de Santiago trip and motivated me and other students during our 165-mile hike.

What is one of your favorite memories from your time at UIndy?

My favorite memories include working with other students to coordinate a drum circle night and playing the violin in UIndy’s orchestra.

What are your plans after graduation?

I plan to take my board certification exam and work at Opportunities for Positive Growth as a music therapist.

What advice would you give to incoming freshmen?

Be involved in campus and talk to your professors. They truly care about you as a student and as a person.