Music Department

Music Therapy

Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy

Music therapy students learn both the art and science of music therapy.  The undergraduate curriculum at Cleveland State University includes both a thorough study of music (the art) as well as coursework in psychology, human anatomy, social and behavioral sciences, disabilities, and general studies (the science). Students also gain practical application of these learned procedures through required, supervised fieldwork placements in the community. After completing the rigorous undergraduate coursework and field experiences, music therapy students must complete a six-month, full-time internship and then pass the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) national exam, which is required to become a board certified music therapist.

CSU Music Therapy Faculty:

  • Deborah Layman, MM, MT-BC – Assistant Professor, Music Therapy
  • Carol Olszewski, MA, MT-BC – Visiting Assistant Professor, Music Therapy
  • Marcia Humpal, MEd, MT-BC – Adjunct Supervisor, Music Therapy
  • Brenda Calovini, MA, MT-BC – Adjunct Supervisor, Music Therapy

Application Requirements for Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy

  • 2.8 GPA
  • 250-word typed essay that describes why the applicant selected music therapy as his/her career path
  • At least 1 music therapy observation (either in person or online), with a written summary of the observation. A high school senior project in music therapy may substitute for this observation.
  • Interview with music therapy faculty

Highly Preferred -

  • 3.0+ GPA
  • 250-word typed essay that describes why the applicant selected music therapy as his/her career path
  • Basic proficiency in guitar and/or piano (i.e., 3-4 chords and accompany self while singing).  Basic proficiency song choices include "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star," "Lean on Me," "Stand By Me," "Hound Dog," etc.
  • 2 or more music therapy observations (either in person or online), with a written summary of the observations.  A high school senior project in music therapy may substitute for one of the observations.
  • On-site interview with music therapy faculty

These requirements are in addition to requirements for admission into the Department of Music and CSU.