Kate Beever

Assistant Professor
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Kate Beever is an experienced and professional advocate for access to arts and healthcare. She founded Maine Music & Health in 2011, after managing the estate of her former employer—world-renowned classical pianist Frank Glazer—and working in the legal field at Pierce Atwood. Beever's business was the Small Business Administration’s 2017 Microenterprise of the Year, and won $10,000 in the 2019 Inc. magazine and the UPS Store’s Small Biz Challenge with Robert Herjavec of Shark Tank.

Beever created and has organized the regional Creative Health conference since 2014, and she co-founded Expressive Wellness Trainings; both endeavors build relationships between arts and health professionals. She also founded the Maine State Music Therapy Task Force, which started with a solo day of presentations in Augusta’s Hall of Flags.

Service includes president of the University of Southern Maine alumni board, member of the American Public Health Association’s Noise & Health committee, member of the Maine Collaborative for Care of Children with Serious Illness, and fellow of National Arts Strategies’ Creative Communities. Past service includes founding member of the Good Medicine Collective and member of the Maine Arts Commission. Beever is also a performing percussionist, having toured and recorded internationally.

Career Highlights
  • Forêt Endormie: vibraphone, drumset, and vocals (French)
  • Emilia Dahlin: percussion and vocals
  • Jeff Beam: keyboards, percussion, and drumset
  • Zach Jones Band: vibraphone, congas, auxiliary percussion, vocals, and keys
  • M.A., New York University, Music Psychotherapy
In Their Own Words

"A good education provides a foundation of knowledge which gives students the skills with which to work effectively, the courage to collaborate, and the inspiration to continue learning and creating even after school. Future music therapists should consider the role of music and the arts to help build an equitable society."