Rosalie Rebollo Pratt was was born in New York City on December 4, 1933. She was a harp Major at Manhattanville College, where she received a bachelor's degree in music in 1954. She received a master's degree in music in 1955 from Pius XII Institute of Fine Arts in Italy and the Rutgers School of Education certification in 1961. She received her Ed.D. in 1976 from Columbia University Teachers College.
Pratt was the author/editor of eleven books and many scholarly articles in the fields of MusicMedicine (music education for the handicapped), special music education, and music therapy. She was the editor of the International Journal of Arts Medicine. Pratt served in the field of MusicMedicine throughout her adult life by conducting experimental research, presenting lectures to international symposia and conferences, and creating a hospital arts program in Utah, described in one of her books, Hospital Arts: A Sound Approach. She organized “Music Education for the Handicapped, Inc.” in 1979 and they presented several symposiums in Europe and the US. She was also a delegate at an International Symposium of Music Education for the Handicapped in Montpellier, France in August 1980.
Pratt was also a concert harpist and solo harpist in the US and in Europe and performed in such places as Lincoln Center and Carnegie Recital Hall. She was the editor of numerous collections of music for that instrument, and a professor in the School of Music at Brigham Young University for 20 years. She worked at Montclair State College from 1973 until her appointment at BYU in 1979. She was a music educator in the New Jersey public schools from 1962 to 1973 and a visiting professor at both the University of Cologne and the Beijing Conservatory.
In her lifetime, Pratt was the recipient of awards from the American Harp Society, Music Education for the Handicapped, the Utah Music Educators Association, and the International Arts Medicine Association. She was a Fulbright scholar, Vice President of the International Society for Music in Medicine and an honorary member of the Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Musik bei Behinderten. She fluently spoke and could write and translate in Italian and French.
She and her husband, Samuel O. Pratt, had six children: John, Francesca, Kira, Alessandra, Allen and Carl. She died on December 31, 2005 in Springfield, Illinois.