North Scranton woman at home as interim director of the musical therapy program at Marywood University – Lifestyles

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JASON FARMER / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER After spending several years as a music therapist in Massachusetts, Scranton resident Alison Davitt now passes on her knowledge to students at Marywood University, where she is a professor and interim director of the music therapy program.

Alison Davitt works to help others one musical note at a time. Now, she shows others how to do the same.

The North Scranton resident took over this August as interim director of the music therapy program at Marywood University, where she teaches the next generation of music therapists how to use instruments and song to improve lives.

Her firsthand knowledge of the subject comes from years spent working with troubled youth in the Boston area, but it wasn’t originally where she planned to end up. After graduating from Scranton Preparatory School, Davitt headed to Boston College, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in biology. She stayed in that city to work in a transplant lab, where she did compatibility tests for organ donors, but said the job “boiled down to a lot of tedious, repetitive tests.”

Davitt ended up switching gears, picking a new career — music therapy — that married her interest in science with her longtime love of music. She earned a master’s degree in music therapy from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and began working with youth who primarily had behavioral or emotional disorders. Some…

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