Dawn Iwamasa

Dawn Iwamasa
Assistant Professor of Music Therapy

Contact Info
816-235- 235-2920
316 Grant Hall


Dr. Iwamasa is Assistant Professor in Music Education and Music Therapy at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory, where she teaches both undergraduate and graduate music therapy courses. She is both a Board-Certified Music Therapist and Certified Child Life Specialist with considerable experience in the pediatric hospital setting. Additionally, she has worked in behavioral health programs and with a variety of other populations such as children and adults with disabilities and persons with dementia.

Dr. Iwamasa’s research focuses on higher education, clinical training, and music therapy policy. Her clinical research centers around music therapy for pain management and data mining in healthcare. Dr. Iwamasa regularly presents at national conferences and publishes in peer-reviewed journals. She is a Fellow of the National Institute of Infant and Child Medical Music Therapy and is a collaborator with the Early Notes Network, an international music therapy consortium for childhood neurodevelopment. Prior to her appointment at UMKC, Dr. Iwamasa served on the faculties of Marylhurst University (OR) and Arizona State University. A native of Hawaii, she earned her doctorate from Florida State University in Music Education and Music therapy, and a BM in Flute Performance and MA in Music Therapy from the University of the Pacific (CA).