A.J. Denne's Journey to Music Therapy

Alexandria Jean (A.J.) Denne knew from the time she was in eighth grade that she wanted to go into music therapy as a career. Since the Department of Music doesn’t offer a music therapy as a major, enrolling at Pitt wasn’t an obvious choice, but when asked about the advantages of attending Pitt to pursue that field, A.J. is overwhelmingly positive in her response.

 “I do not think that I would’ve had better opportunities, or networked with more people at any other university. I used Pitt’s numerous resources to create my own path to music therapy.”

A.J.’s willingness to take advantage of these resources resulted in her acceptance into the graduate program in music therapy at Florida State University. 

A.J. double majored in music and psychology at Pitt while also completing a certificate in sign language. To supplement her studies at Pitt, she enrolled in music therapy courses at nearby Duquesne University. She further enriched her undergraduate experience by participating in an immersive Sign Language program in London. 

Musically, A.J. gained experience by performing in the Marching Band and Symphonic Band. She expanded her understanding of the arts by taking advantage of the Pitt Arts program that provides students with many opportunities to attend performances by professional artists. She also credits Pitt’s emphasis on community engagement with her decision to get involved with Habitat for Humanity. It’s yet more evidence of A.J.’s willingness to immerse herself in a variety of experiences and one that she says, “kept me humble and grateful throughout my college years.”

We in the Department of Music wish A.J. the best as she continues her training for music therapy at the graduate level. And we congratulate her on making the most of the opportunities as a student at Pitt.