- 1996: National Association for Music and Therapy’s annual Research/Publication Award
- Received Ella Scoble Opperman Faculty Citation Award from Florida State University’s School of Music
- Received the University of Kansas’s Silver Anniversary Teaching Award
- Editor of text Introduction to Approaches in Music Therapy and coauthor of Music in Special Education
- Chair of Music Education Research Council for the National Association of Music Education
Alice-Ann Darrow served as an Assistant Professor in Music Education and Music Therapy at the University of Kansas. In 1974, she received her Bachelors in Music and Bachelors in Music Education at Florida State University. She stayed at FSU for both her Masters in Music and Doctorate as well, earning the degrees in 1978 and 1983, respectively.
Before coming to the University of Kansas as an Assistant Professor, she worked a variety of projects in the Miami, Florida area in her field. She organized and implanted music education and therapy programs in the public school systems, a cultural arts center for inner city students, a federal prison, a state psychiatric hospital, and a state institution for the mentally retarded.
Dr. Darrow’s research and practice is on the music applications in speech therapy and auditory training for the hearing impaired and the role of music in the deaf culture. In 1982, she produced a 30-minute videotape on the role of music in the education of those with hearing impairments. Also that year, she served as a music therapist and lecturer at Camp Challenge in Orlando. This Easter Seal program is for hearing-impaired children and their parents. In graduate school, she worked as a part-time counselor/interpreter for hearing-impaired adults and as a sign language instructor. Translating music into sign language is just like translating any languages, she explained. “You have some options about the signs you choose, some room for poetry.”
Dr. Darrow is the author of numerous research articles and book chapters and is the editor of the text Introduction to Approaches in Music Therapy. She is the co-author of Music in Special Education. To complete these works, she has received over twenty grants. She has also served as the chair of the Music Education Research Council for the National Association of Music Education.
In 1996, she received the National Association for Music and Therapy’s annual Research/Publication Award for her work on the field’s role in working with Americans with disabilities. She has also received the University of Kansas’s Silver Anniversary Teaching Award, been named an endowed chair for the University of Alabama, and the Ella Scoble Opperman Faculty Citation Award from Florida State University’s School of Music.
Dr. Darrow returned to Florida State University in 2003, where she currently serves as Professor and an editorial board member for the Bulletin for the Council on Research in Music Education and The Journal of Music Therapy.