Alicia L. Barksdale, adjunct faculty in music education, joined the Towson University Department of Music faculty in 1999 as a specialist in adaptive music for special education and students with disabilities. As a music therapist and music educator, Barksdale has provided services for students in non-public special education schools since 1987. She has also taught in Baltimore County and Howard County Public schools as a choral and general music educator.
She received a bachelor’s degree in music therapy from The Catholic University of America; a master's degree in music education from Towson University, and is a doctoral candidate in music education at Boston University. She is a member of Sigma Alpha Iota Women’s Music Fraternity, Kappa Gamma Pi, National Association for Music Therapy, Maryland Association of Nonpublic Special Education Facilities, The Presidential Who’s Who Among Business and Professional Achievers, and Music Educators National Conference.
Barksdale’s career interests in adaptive music strategies and differently abled populations led to her research focus which includes music teacher preparation for inclusion and special education, community music for persons with disabilities, and music therapy program development. She regularly makes presentations at state, regional, and national meetings of groups such as MANSEF and AMTA. Barksdale is the author of the textbook, Music Therapy and Leisure for Students with Disabilities (Sagamore, 2002). Her work is also scheduled to be published in The International Journal of Community Music in February 2013.
Courses Taught include: Music in Special Education; Summer Workshops for In-service Teachers (music therapy and adaptive music methods).