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Contact Us:

If you are interested in your family member receiving music therapy services at Eastern Michigan's Music Therapy Center, or would like a copy of the sliding fee scale, please contact Terra Merrill:

Email: tmerrill1@emich.edu

Phone: 734.487.0198

Music Therapy Program

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.

Music therapy interventions can be designed to:

  • promote wellness
  • manage stress
  • alleviate pain
  • express feelings
  • enhance memory
  • improve communication
  • promote physical rehabilitation

Music TherapyWhat EMU Music Therapy Center Offers:

Clinical Services

Senior music therapy students provide clinical services under the supervision of a faculty Board Certified Music Therapist. Our clients are very important to us and we strive to meet the individual needs of each person.


We have a limited number of spaces in our program, and are not attempting to compete with the strong private practices of local music therapists, whose information we will gladly provide upon request. We provide services during the academic school year of Eastern Michigan University when the students are available, for approximately 13 sessions each semester. Each client may be observed by other students or taped for training purposes.


We have a sliding scale for fees to partially cover the costs of the center. These fees are less than would be charged by a private practitioner. We will leave the choice of amount up to each family, based on what you think you can reasonably afford. We require payment in advance, either the full 13 session payment initially, or in three installments over the period of the first four weeks, with one due the first session.


Sessions are from 30 to 60 minutes in length, depending on the clinical needs and tolerance of each client, and with client input on availability and preferences. Usually younger clients have shorter sessions. Our session times are currently Tuesdays, and Thursdays after 4 p.m. and Wednesdays after 3 p.m.

Music Therapy Student Resources:

Music Therapy 2014 Handbook (pdf)

HIPAA Privacy & Security Training (pdf)

Music Therapy "In the News":

Kentucky Hospital Expands Music Therapy Program

What Music Therapists Do


The Department of Music & Dance is part of the College of Arts & Sciences, 214 Pray-Harrold, 734.487.4344 • Faculty Resources