Music Department

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.

CSU Music Therapy Faculty:

  • Deborah Layman, MM, MT-BC – Assistant Professor, Coordinator of Music Therapy
  • Carol Olszewski, MA, MT-BC – Assistant Professor, Music Therapy
  • Lori Lundeen-Smith, MS, CCC-SLP, MT-BC - Assistant Professor of Practice, Music Therapy
  • Marcia Humpal, MEd, MT-BC – Adjunct Supervisor, Music Therapy
  • Brenda Calovini, MA, MT-BC – Adjunct Supervisor, Music Therapy
  • Ginny Kallay, MT-BC - Adjunct Supervisor, Music Therapy
  • Jessica Janaitis, MM, MT-BC - Adjunct Supervisor, Music Therapy
  • Wiley Smith, MAT, 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.