Drury University Center for Music Therapy and Wellness

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The 6,183 square-foot Center for Music Therapy and Wellness is an on-campus music therapy clinic with five full-time music therapists. Students have the opportunity to work under the supervision of board certified music therapists as they complete their Field Studies experiences.  The clinic serves a wide variety of clients both on and off campus including children with developmental disabilities and learning disabilities; older adults; hospice clients; substance abuse and mental health clients.  For more information visit

Sessions at Drury University may also include student music therapists who are working on clinical hours towards completing their bachelor’s degree. Students are accompanied by an MT-BC in each session. The clinic serves a growing number and variety of clients both on and off campus including:

  • Persons with developmental disabilities and learning disabilities
  • Older adults
  • Hospice patients
  • Persons with behavioral health needs
  • Adolescents with Substance abuse struggles
  • Persons with Parkinson’s disease

Julie Cassity, Clinical Instructor
(417) 873-7877
(417) 861-7345

Music Therapy Major


What is Music Therapy?

Music therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program.

How is Music Therapy Used?

Music Therapy uses music and music related strategies, presented by a qualified music therapist, to assist or motivate a person towards specific non-musical goals. Music therapists use their training as musicians and clinicians to bring about changes in cognitive, physical, communication, social, employment, and emotional skills.

Who Benefits from Music Therapy?

Children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly with mental health needs, developmental and learning disabilities, aging related conditions, substance abuse problems, brain injuries, physical disabilities, etc.

Parent Responses to Music Therapy

“Music seems to be one of the major things that has helped my child reach life goals as well as educational goals. With the music therapy she seems to learn faster, easier, and has fun doing so. Music therapy had such a major impact on her and her ability to grow and learn!”

-J.E., mother

“Music therapy has taken functional life skills my son needs and put them to music, which has made therapy a fun place to come for him.”

-V.A., mother

“Over the past several years, our son, Cameron, has participated in music therapy. He has found success in working on his IEP goals and other objectives through music. The therapists have played an integral role in his development. Cameron is motivated and thoroughly enjoys his music therapy sessions. I have been extremely impressed with the quality of this program and the progress he has made through music therapy.”

-C.M., mother & educator

Techniques Used in Music Therapy

Music therapy uses interactive therapeutic interventions to address specific needs of each client. These activities, along with the therapist-client relationship, help the client reach the goals established in the treatment plan.

Common music therapy interventions include:

  • Active music making
  • Instrument exploration
  • Drumming
  • Musical performance
  • Music-based discussion
  • Progressive muscle relaxation
  • Life review/reminiscence
  • Songwriting
  • Movement to music
  • Singing

Goals of Music Therapy

  • Improve cognitive and academic skills
  • Improve fine and gross motor skills
  • Improve receptive and expressive communication skills
  • Improve emotional skills
  • Improve social skills
  • Promote stress and anxiety reduction
  • Coping with end of life
  • Elevate mood

Music Therapy Clinic at Drury University

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