Awards and Honors


Eagle Scout, Troop #238 Price Utah 1949

Phi Kappa Phi 1957

Phi Kappa Lambda 1962

Omicron Delta Kappa 1965

Gold Medal – Most Outstanding Graduate, College of Eastern Utah 1957

Keeler Award – Most Outstanding Musician, Brigham Young University 1959

Klein Memorial Scholarship, Brigham Young University 1958

Rocky Mountain Forensics Invitational: 1st Place – Men’s Oratory 1956

Rocky Mountain Forensics Invitational: 1st Place – Impromptu Speaking 1956

Phi Rho Pi National Speech Meet; Finalist Debate – Men’s Oratory 1956

Tau Beta Sigma (Honorary Member) 1965

Kappa Kappa Psi (1st Honorary Member at Florida State University) 1963

Who’s Who in American Education 1985

Outstanding Educators of America 2007

Leaders in Education 1971

Dictionary of International Biography 1972

Men of Achievement 1977

Who’s Who in America 1964-continuously

International Who’s Who in Music 1985

President’s Teaching Award, The Florida State University 1977

The World Who’s Who of Musicians 1980

International Who’s Who in Education 1985

International Directory of Distinguished Leadership

Who’s Who in the World (Pearl Edition)1980

Ross Oglesby Award 1997

President’s Council for Excellence in College Teaching 1996

Special Recognition Award for Research, SEC-NAMT, 1st Recipient 1985

Listed in Groves dictionary of Music

University Distinguished Teacher Professor, The Florida State University, 1st Group of

Recipients 1989

Guardian of the Flame Faculty Award, The Florida State University, 1st Group of Recipients


Outstanding Graduate Faculty Mentor Award, The Florida State University, 1st Group of

Recipients 2004

Honorary Doctorate, Utah State University-College of Eastern Utah, Price 2009

Cultural Leadership Citation, Yale University 2007

Wall of Fame Recipient FSU Band Alumni Association 2012

Florida Band Association, Role of Distinction 2015

FSU Emeritus Alumni Society Commitment to Excellent Award 2019

Highest Awards Given in Field

Publications Award, National Association for Music Therapy, 1st Recipient 1988

Senior Researcher Award, Music Educators National Conference, 1st Recipient 1986-1988

Award of Merit, National Association for Music Therapy, 1st Recipient 1988

Presidential Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Music Therapy, National Association for Music Therapy

Distinguished Service to Music Medal, Highest Honor Bestowed by Kappa Kappa Psi (National Band Fraternity) 1999

Outstanding Music Therapy Pioneer Award (for establishing one of five international models of music therapy), World Federation of Music Therapy 1999

Music Educators National Conference Hall of Fame 2002

Lowell Mason Fellow, Music Educators National Conference 2002

Lifetime Achievement Award, American Association for Music Therapy 2006

Presidential Citation: Special Recognition for 50 years of Continuous Refereed Research Presentations at the National Conferences of the American Music Therapy Association 2010.

Presidential Award, Extraordinary Committee Leadership, Research Committee AMTA 1976-2011

Honorary Life Member, Research Commission, International Society for Music Education,

Brazil 2016

Honorary Life Member, International Society for Music Education 2018

Lifetime Achievement Award, Society for Education, Music and Psychology 2019