Dr. Michelle J. Hairston is a Professor of Music Therapy at East Carolina University, and is Chair of the Music Therapy and Music Education Department. She has 38 years of experience teaching and being a music therapist. In addition to East Carolina University, she worked at a School for Intellectual Disabilities and the Georgia public schools as a Behavior Disorders specialist. She is a Past President of the American Music Therapy Association and has received the AMTA Service Award as well as the Southeastern Region Award for Service and for Research. She is a former recipient of the ECU School of Music Outstanding Teacher and Scholar Award. Dr. Hairston has been published in The Journal of Music Therapy, Music Therapy Perspectives, Southeastern Journal of Music Education, Journal of Research in Music Education, and International Journal of Music Education.