his forty-seven years as a music educator, Dr. Harvey
has directed his energy and interests in three areas:
school music, with an emphasis on special needs students,
church music, and
health care music.
received a B.S. from Gordon College in 1959, a M.M.
from Boston University in 1965, a D.M.A. from Temple
University in 1974, and pursued post-doctoral studies
in several areas related to music.
is a past President of the Hawaii Music Educators
Association, and has been active in MENC since 1959,
including serving on the first MENC National Committee
for Special Needs Individuals.
Harvey is internationally known as an authority on
music for special needs individuals, music and the
brain, music and learning, and music and health. He
has provided training and spoken at conferences in
23 countries, as well as throughout the United States,
including Japan, China, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan,
Hong Kong, India, Tunisia, Morocco, Australia, New
Zealand, England, Denmark, Germany, Venezuela, Puerto
Rico and Canada.
Harvey has been associated with the Department of
Music at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in Music
Education for almost two decades, and also has been
teaching a course on Music As Therapy at Kapiolani
Community College. Although retired from UHM, he will
continue to teach three UHM online graduate courses:
Psychology of Music--MUS 701B, The History and Philosophy
of Music Education--MUS 601, and Music As Therapy--MUS
served as Director of Music and Worship for Calvary
by the Sea Lutheran Church for 10 years, and helped
start the first non-profit organization devoted to
music therapy in Hawaii, Sounding Joy Music Therapy
Inc, www.soundingjoymt. org and continues to serve
as vice-president of SJMT.
Harvey was active for many years with VSAarts nationally,
internationally and in recent years with VSAarts of
Before moving to Hawaii in 1991, Dr. Harvey was on
the faculty of Eastern Kentucky University for 17
years as Professor of Music Education. He was also
on the faculty of the University of Louisville (KY)
School of Medicine for five years, and assisted in
the development of the Program for Arts in Medicine.
Harvey’s broad background in music education has included
experience as a concert and marching band director,
orchestra conductor, choir director, general and special
education music education teacher, and has taught
in Maine, New Brunswick Canada, Pennsylvania, New
Jersey, Rhode Island, Kentucky and Hawaii. He continues
to be active as a speaker and consultant in the fields
of Music and Education as well as Music for Health
Harvey has been a member of ACDA, ALCM, HMEA, MENC
as well as the International Society for Music in
Medicine (ISMM). He is featured on a 7-show video
series, Music and the Brain, and released a 2-CD set
of Music for Health and Wellness. He also co-authored
a book and CD, "LEARN WITH THE CLASSICS"
(LWC) that was released in 1999. LWC is currently
being translated into Japanese and Chinese. He released
two CDs in 2003, a special recording of Hawaiian songs
with a heartbeat, “ISLAND SOUNDS HEALING HEART”, and
a Christmas CD and book for ESL teaching, “SINGING
THE WORD OF CHRISTMAS," with an accompanying
book, Mina's Star, which was translated into Japanese
in December 2004.
recent book, "A JOURNEY OF EXPLANATION: A Roadmap
to Understanding Music & The Brain" was released
in January 2004 as a compilation of articles Dr. Harvey
has authored related to his research on music and
has published many articles, authored chapters in
several books, and co-authored several training manuals
in music for special needs individuals. His latest
recording released in October 2005, “Euphonium for
Euphemia” was a tribute to his Mother who died at
age 95 in October 2005.
Harvey is available for speaking, consulting and training
and may be reached at MusFHSrv@aol.com, 808 352-6088 and by mail at MUSIC FOR HEALTH SERVICES,
616 Riverview Dr.,Ellenton, FL 34222.