Clinical Instructor of Music Therapy
Letha Winger currently serves as Clinical Instructor and Clinical Training Director in the Music Therapy program at Utah State University. Letha has a Bachelor of Music Therapy degree from Marylhurst University in Portland, Oregon and a Master’s degree in Education from Utah State University. She completed her clinical internship at Adventist Medical Center in Portland, and was subsequently hired there as a music therapist to provide services on three acute psychiatric units. Since moving to Cache Valley in March 2006, Letha has been contracting with Encompass Hospice (formerly Alpine Hospice) and has provided music therapy services to the Developmental Skills Laboratory, various geriatric care facilities, and private youth clients in addition to providing field supervision to USU Music Therapy students. She has completed trainings in Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy, Orff-Schulwerk, Neurologic Music Therapy, REMO HealthRhythms, and The Bonny Method of Guided Imagery in Music.
Prior to her career in Music Therapy, Mrs. Winger operated a private piano studio in her home for 17 years and was a member of the Oregon Music Teacher's Association. She has enjoyed directing many choirs, including a 200-voice choir that performed in the Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Oregon. Letha enjoyed working with a team in composing and arranging music for an original sesquicentennial pageant that was held at The End of the Oregon Trail Museum in Oregon City, Oregon. Mrs. Winger considers her greatest accomplishment to be the mothering of three beautiful children.
Mrs. Winger’s primary instrument is the piano, but she uses her guitar most often in music therapy practice. Whenever she can, she will incorporate a drum and enjoys rhythm play of all kinds, including drum circles. Mrs. Winger enjoys gardening, swimming, and visiting the Oregon coast as often as possible. She is very happy to be part of the Music Therapy Program at Utah State University.