Music Therapy Clinic at Marywood University

The Marywood Music Therapy Clinic, an integral component of the Music Therapy Program, is housed in the Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts and supported by the University. Both the therapy room and observation room are accessible to those with physical challenges.


The purpose of the Music Therapy Clinic is two-fold; namely, to provide music therapy majors with an educational opportunity for hands on one-on-one clinical experience under the supervision of a board certified-music therapist; and, secondly, as an outreach to those in the community with special needs. Approximately 16-20 clients are served weekly. Among them are individuals of all ages with a variety of challenges, e.g. mental and physical challenges, attention deficit disorders, cerebral-palsy, autism spectrum, closed head injuries, Down syndrome, and other intellectual and developmental disabilities.  

Referral, Assessment, and Program Plan

Referrals are received from parents, health care professionals, agencies, doctors, teachers, social workers, speech pathologists, psychologists, and others. The supervising Board Certified Music Therapist completes the initial music therapy assessment and models the procedure for the student therapist while instructing them in the necessary documentation of responses. The initial assessment usually takes place over a period of two or three sessions. The content includes a history and/or a profile of the individual's extra-musical and musical strengths and needs of the individual and is used to design an individual treatment plan. The student clinician then follows the individual's program goals and objectives in the delivery of weekly music therapy intervention under the supervision of the MT-BC. Each session is scheduled for 30 to 60 minutes, depending on the individual's attention span. Parents or guardians are encouraged to arrange periodic observations of sessions with the supervisor. The student therapist documents each session and writes a progress/termination report at the end of each semester. This experience provides invaluable pre-internship training for the prospective music therapist and also assists the client in meeting his/her goals.


Modest fees are charged for the initial assessment and for each music therapy session to defray operating costs. The students and supervisor are dedicated to making this experience a beneficial one for all concerned. 

Meet the Staff

Antoinette Morrison