Victoria Vega

Professor of Music Therapy

Office Location
165 Communications/Music Complex
Mailing Address
Loyola University New Orleans
School of Music
6363 St. Charles Ave.
Campus Box 8
New Orleans, LA 70118
Direct Phone
(504) 865-3037
Fax Number
(504) 865-2852
E-mail Address


Ph.D., Temple University; M.M.T., Loyola University New Orleans; B.M., West Virginia University

Short Bio

Dr. Victoria Policastro Vega is an accomplished music therapy clinician, educator, and lecturer.  She received her bachelor’s degree in music education from West Virginia University.  Dr. Vega received her master’s in music therapy from Loyola University New Orleans.  Dr. Vega completed her doctorate at Temple University where she studied under Dr. Kenneth Bruscia.  She is the third person to receive her Ph.D. in music therapy in the nation.  She has worked at several hospitals and rehabilitation centers in the New Orleans area, working primarily in neurology.  Dr. Vega has delivered several sessions and workshops at music therapy and psychiatric regional and national conferences, as well as at several regional universities.  She is very active in the American Music Therapy Association.  On the regional level, Dr. Vega has been vice-president and president of the South-Central Region for two terms.  On the national level she has served on the American Music Therapy National Executive Committee as council coordinator of professional practices, clinical training and education committees, Education and Training Advisory Board and the Judicial Review Board and has represented her region on the Assembly of Delegates.  Dr. Vega’s research interests are music therapy with neurologic disorders, professional burnout and personality.  Dr. Vega is the recipient of the AMTA regional "Excellence in Music Therapy" award in 1998 and the "National Presidential Award" in 2006. She was coordinator of the Music Therapy Program at Loyola from 2000-2013 and currently serves the College of Music and Fine Arts as it’s Associate Dean.

Courses Taught

  • Intro to Music Therapy
  • Gerontology in Music Therapy
  • Improvisation and Physiology
  • Music Therapy Field Studies
  • Music Therapy Internship
  • Music Therapy Supervision and Education
  • Advanced Music Therapy Practicum
  • Advanced Music Therapy Models
  • Mental Retardation and Exceptionality
  • Childhood Disorders in Music Therapy
  • Adult Disorders in Music Therapy
  • Music Therapy - Physical Disorders
  • Music Therapy in Medicine
  • Expressing Yourself Through the Arts
  • Reaching the Special Learner through Music
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