Music Therapy at The College of Wooster

The Bachelor of Music Therapy degree program, accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and the American Music Therapy Association, prepares students to use music as a therapeutic tool to address the physical, emotional, cognitive and social needs of individuals.

The College of Wooster and the Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music comprise the Cleveland Music Therapy Consortium. This association was the first music therapy degree offered in Northeastern Ohio and was the first in the nation involving a cooperative arrangement among educational institutions. Students in this program take some coursework at Baldwin Wallace University.

Audition requirement

To gain admission to the degree program Bachelor of Music Therapy degree program, a student must pass an entrance audition before a faculty jury of three, to be appointed by the chairperson. The audition will occur near the end of the second semester of college and must demonstrate the student’s ability to perform well repertoire of at least high intermediate level, representing several historical periods and styles. A student wishing to perform an entrance audition must notify the chairperson in writing at least three weeks prior to the audition. Only after passing the entrance audition may the student declare as a major the Bachelor of Music Therapy. A student who does not pass the entrance audition in the second semester may have a second opportunity in the first two weeks of the third semester.


Faculty & Staff

Sarah Best

Sarah Best

Assistant Professor of Music, Voice


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Ted Clark

Adjunct Instructor of Music, Trumpet

Dylan Findley

Dylan Findley

Visiting Assistant Professor of Music, Music Theory, and Composition


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Timothy Freeze

Visiting Assistant Professor of Music, Trombone


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Jeffrey Gershman

Associate professor of Music, Director of Bands

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Cara Haxo

Visiting Assistant Professor of Music, Music Theory


Gunnar Owen Hirthe

Gunnar Hirthe

Adjunct Instructor of Music, Clarinet


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Dan Honaker

Adjunct Instructor of Music, Tuba and Euphonium

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Matthew Ryan Kilgore

Adjunct Instructor of Music, Percussion & Director of Scot Marching Band

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Rachel King

Adjunct Instructor of Music


Sean Lawry

Sean Lawry

Adjunct Instructor of Music, Scottish Drumming


Jeffrey Lindberg

Jeffrey Lindberg

Professor of Music, Wooster Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, Trombone, Jazz History and Improvisation


James Marron faculty in music at The College of Wooster

James Marron

Adjunct Instructor of Music, Guitar


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Kiirsi Maunula Johnson

Adjunct Instructor of Music, French horn


Peter Mowrey

Peter Mowrey

Professor and Department Chair of Music - Music Theory, Composition, Piano and Electronic Music


Yuka Nakayama Lewicki

Yuka Nakayama-Lewicki

Adjunct Instructor of Music, Piano


Young Oh pianist in the department of music at the college of wooster

Young Oh

Staff Collaborative Pianist, Music


Victoria Peacock adjunct choral music instructor

Victoria Peacock

Adjunct Instructor, Wooster Singers


Melissa Puster

Melissa Puster

Administrative Coordinator of Music


Perry Roth

Perry Roth

Adjunct Instructor of Music, Saxophone


Arleigh Savage

Arleigh Savage

Adjunct Instructor of Music, Bassoon


Palmer Shonk portrait playing bagpipes

Palmer Shonk

Adjunct Instructor of Music, Bagpipes


Toni Shreve

Toni Shreve

Staff Collaborative Pianist - Music


Shitong Sigler

Shitong Sigler

Adjunct Instructor of Music, Piano


Daniel Singer

Daniel Singer

Associate Instructor of Music


Greg Slawson

Greg Slawson

Adjunct Instructor of Music, Jazz Piano, Improvisation, Music Technology


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Edward Vogel

Adjunct Instructor of Music, Voice

Cynthia Warren adjunct instructor oboe music at The college of wooster

Cynthia Warren

Adjunct Instructor of Music, Oboe


Lisa Wong

Lisa Wong

Oliver Williams Kettering Professor of Music, Wooster Chorus, Music Education, Choral Conducting


Thomas Wood

Thomas Wood

Professor of Music, Violin, Chamber Music, String Methods, Music History and Literature


Kimberly Zaleski

Kimberly Zaleski

Adjunct Instructor of Music, Flute


Mingyao Zhao

Mingyao Zhao

Adjunct Instructor of Music, Cello


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The Music Therapy major requires completion of 38.750 courses for graduation, with music courses making up 24 of the required courses.

Coursework consists of extensive training in music theory, history, and performance, as well as classes in statistics, psychology, and anatomy. Field experience work begins as early as the sophomore year. Students work with clients one-on-one and in group settings, culminating in a six-month full-time music therapy internship. Our Music Therapy majors graduate with a solid foundation of practical experience, giving them a competitive edge when entering the job market.

Independent Study

All students at The College of Wooster complete independent study on a topic of their choice under the guidance of a faculty mentor. The Bachelor of Music Therapy degree culminates in a six-month internship, which is the capstone experience for this particular degree. Wooster’s Independent Study program may take on many forms, including experiential learning in music therapy. Students use their research and learning to produce a thesis, delivered in spring of their senior year.



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