School of Music

Music Therapy

Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy

Music Therapy is an established, evidence-based health science profession in which music is used as a therapeutic tool to treat individuals with cognitive, behavioral, communicative, social/emotional, physical, or spiritual needs. The music therapy track is a comprehensive program grounded in both the art and science of music therapy. Music therapy courses at CSU prepare candidates for a meaningful career in music therapy.

The Cleveland State University Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy is accredited by the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) and accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). Successful completion of coursework in the music therapy track (including internship) leads to eligibility to sit for the national board certification examination administered by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT). Once the exam is passed, the candidate receives the credential MT-BC (Music Therapist – Board Certified) and is eligible to practice as a music therapist. Board-certified music therapists work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, schools, mental health settings, rehabilitation centers, hospices, and nursing homes.

The following are qualifications for all prospective students wishing to pursue a Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy:

For Fall 2022 entry and after:
  • Acceptance to the Music Therapy Program:
    • MT candidates accepted to the University will be admitted to the program.
      • Note: Prospective music therapy majors are NOT required to audition for acceptance into the School of Music or the Music Therapy program.
    • Once admitted to the University, music therapy candidates will complete a Competency Pre-Assessment with MT faculty.
      • MT faculty will contact applicants to schedule the assessment.
      • MT Candidates will select and/or be assigned a primary accompanying instrument (piano or guitar) at the time of the competency pre-assessment.
  • Traditional Music Ensembles: Candidates interested in performing in a major ensemble at CSU (e.g., band, choir, orchestra), must audition with the ensemble director for acceptance and seating placement. Notify if interested in this option.

Music Talent Scholarship: to be considered for a Talent Scholarship award, candidates must audition on their band/orchestra instrument or voice. Talent Scholarship award recipients must play or sing in at least one of CSU's major ensembles. The scholarship audition will be held on New Student Audition Days. Please refer to the School of Music Audition Page for directions to schedule. Candidates receiving an award will be assigned to one or two of the ensembles.

CSU Music Therapy Faculty

  • Deborah L. Layman, MM, MT-BC – Associate Professor, Coordinator of Music Therapy
  • Carol Ann Olszewski, PhD, MT-BC, Assistant Professor, Music Therapy
  • Erin Oselu, MA, MT-BC. Assistant Professor of Practice in Music Therapy
  • Lori Lundeen-Smith, M.S., CCC-SLP, MT-BC, Assistant Professor of Practice and Clinical Manager, Music Therapy
  • Emily Brill, MT-BC – Adjunct Supervisor, Music Therapy
  • Brenda Calovini, MA, MT-BC – Adjunct Supervisor, Music Therapy
  • Sarah Paczak Chappell, MT-BC – Adjunct Supervisor, Music Therapy
  • Alison Deran, MT-BC - Adjunct Supervisor, Music Therapy
  • Marcia Humpal, MEd, MT-BC – Adjunct Supervisor, Music Therapy
  • Virginia Kallay, MT-BC - Adjunct Supervisor, Music Therapy
  • Ronna Kaplan, MA, MT-BC - Adjunct Supervisor, Music Therapy
  • Jessica Janaitis, MM, MT-BC - Adjunct Supervisor, Music Therapy   ​
  • Madeleine Landry, MT-BC - Adjunct Supervisor, Music Therapy
  • Deforia Lane, PhD, MT-BC - Adjunct Supervisor, Music Therapy
  • Jaclyn Bradley Palmer, MM, MT-BC - Adjunct Supervisor, Music Therapy
  • Anthony Steward, MT-BC - Adjunct Supervisor, Music Therapy