Anita Swanson

Anita Swanson

Associate Professor of Music Therapy

Anita Swanson



Office: Blackman 212

Phone: 864.596.9166


BM in Music Therapy, Southwestern Oklahoma State University

MA in Music Therapy, Texas Woman’s University

PhD in Music Education, University of Kansas


Anita L. Swanson, Ph.D., MT-BC is an Associate Professor of Music Therapy at Converse College. She is passionate about assisting future and current music therapists. She also enjoys promoting global music therapy connections.

Dr. Swanson is now in her third term as a Council member of the World Federation of Music Therapy. She currently serves as Secretary and previously served as North American Regional Liaison and Public Relations Chair.

Dr. Swanson frequently presents across the United States and internationally on a wide range of topics. Often, she provides in-services to classroom teachers about how to successfully integrate students with unique learning needs into their classrooms. She has published in several journals including the Journal of Music Therapy, Music Therapy Perspectives, Music Therapy Today, Nordic Journal of Music Therapy, Australian Journal of Music Therapy, Music and Medicine, and International Journal of School and Educational Psychology. Her book Treatment Planning for Music Therapy Cases is available from Sarsen Publishing.

Prior to becoming a professor, Dr. Swanson was in private practice. She served a plethora of populations, including intensive work with children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder. More recently, she engaged in physical, communicative, social, and emotional work with persons who have neurological disorders or traumatic brain injuries.

Many of Dr. Swanson’s research studies stem from her practice and service work. Thus, her research interests include communication (including Augmentative and Alternative Communication), interprofessional education and training, and music therapy and its development in different cultures.