MM, MT-BC, LPC
Music Therapy Program Director
Creative Arts Therapies Department
1601 Cherry Street, Room 798
Florence Ierardi is the Music Therapy and Counseling Program Director in the Department of Creative Arts Therapies. She brings extensive clinical experience to the classroom, having worked in a variety of clinical and community settings. Her areas of clinical specialization include adult mental health, intellectual and developmental disabilities, older adults in home care, and autism. She has developed therapeutic programming for at-risk youth and offers collaborative service opportunities for students in the music therapy and counseling program.
Flossie teaches both lecture and experiential courses, with an emphasis on clinical improvisation and creative potential. Her pedagogical approach is based upon cultivation of the student’s personal and musical strengths while developing clinical acumen and competency, with a focus on multicultural perspectives and social justice. She has published and frequently offered presentations and continuing education on topics including trauma-informed music therapy, clinical improvisation and drumming in clinical and community contexts. Previous academic experience includes applied percussion instruction at Temple University, Lincoln University, and Immaculata University.
In 2014, Flossie received the College of Nursing and Health Professions Award for Teaching Excellence. She continues a performance career as a free-lance percussionist in the Greater Philadelphia Region.
Flossie serves as Chair of the International Relations Committee of the American Music Therapy Association.