Who is eligible?
Music Therapy bachelor or graduate degree students completing coursework at an AMTA-approved school.
The Music Settlement provides music therapy services both on our University Circle campus and at outreach partner agencies throughout northeast Ohio. At The Music Settlement, music therapists provide services for both individuals and in groups for clients with many different diagnoses.
The music therapy internship program at The Music Settlement has two different tracks. Both tracks include individual sessions at TMS (The Music Settlement) with populations including but not limited to Autism, developmental/intellectual disabilities, Down Syndrome, cerebral palsy, and mood disorders. Track one isAdult Outreach with TMS Sessions.In this track, outreach facility populations include corrections, substance abuse recovery, mental health, and transitional residential programs. Track two is School Based with TMS Sessions.In this track, outreach facility populations include typical, inclusion and special education early learning classes, special education elementary classes, and special education high school classes.
Entry Level Requirements/Competencies:
The prospective intern must be proficient in guitar, piano, and voice, as well as his/her primary instrument. Proficiency in guitar and piano is determined by the prospective intern’s ability to play in at least at least five major keys and three minor keys with accompaniment that is appropriate for the song. The intern should be able to demonstrate the ability to accompany in at least three different genres (i.e., country, rock, pop). The prospective intern must be able to demonstrate his/her clinical writing skills and communicate in a professional and informative manner. Working knowledge of a variety of populations and how music therapy can impact each is required.
Entry level requirements will be evaluated with an on-site interview. This interview will include accompanied singing on guitar and piano as well as a selection on his/her primary instrument, a short written test with questions pertaining to clinical communication, and a verbal interview. Accommodations will be made for prospective interns requiring an off-site interview.
An intern can expect to gain experience working with a variety of clientele in a range of settings. The intern will work with 1-3 Board Certified Music Therapists both at The Music Settlement and off campus at partner agencies with said music therapists. Depending on the schedule, the intern can work with any combination of populations stated above. The intern will work for about 26 hours per week for 36 weeks spanning 9 months (breaks for holidays) with sparse weekend requirements if any. Start date will be determined by the fiscal year calendar but will be either late August or early September. The intern will be observing, co-leading and leading, a combination of large groups, small groups, and individuals. At TMS, the intern will have access to multiple music therapy studios (depending on availability) and an office which is shared by the two interns. There will also be up to two staff meetings every month for all Music Settlement music therapists. The intern will be given two major projects as well as other assignments as instructed by the supervising music therapist(s).
Provided housing and meals: None
Stipend: Eligible for grant of $1,500 from Ohio Federation of Music Clubs
Transportation: Reliable and insured transportation required
Liability Insurance:Intern is covered under The Music Settlement
Required prior to start of internship: Legal affiliation agreement from University, finger printing and background check paid for by TMS.
For more information:
Megan McCausland, MT-BC, Internship and Student Coordinator, Center for Music Therapy
216-421-5806 ext. 141