Music Therapy

Brian Abrams   Brian Abrams
Associate Professor of Music
Music Therapy
Undergraduate & Graduate Coordinator
973-655-3458
abramsb@mail.montclair.edu

Brian Abrams, Ph.D., MT-BC, LPC, LCAT, Analytical Music Therapist and Fellow of the Association for Music and Imagery, has been a music therapist since 1995, with experience across a wide range of clinical contexts. Prior to his current position at Montclair State University as Associate Professor of Music (2008-present) and Coordinator of Music Therapy (2010-present), he served on the faculty at Immaculata University (2004-2008) and Utah State University (2001-2004). He has published and presented internationally on a wide range of topics such as music therapy in cancer care, music psychotherapy, humanistic music therapy, and the interdisciplinary area of Health Humanities. He has also contributed to the establishment of several medical music therapy programs. He has served on the editorial boards of numerous journals, such as Music Therapy Perspectives, the Nordic Journal of Music Therapy, and Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy. From 2005 to 2011, he served on the Board of the Mid-Atlantic Region of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA), including as President from 2007-2009. On a national level, he serves on the AMTA Assembly of Delegates (including as Speaker from 2012-2013), and served on the AMTA Board of Directors from 2010-2013.


Karen Goodman   Karen Goodman
Professor of Music
Music Therapy
973-655-5268
goodmank@mail.montclair.edu
Karen Goodman - Website

Karen D. Goodman, credentialed as a music therapist, special education teacher and creative arts therapist, has enjoyed varied and extensive clinical practice at facilities including New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center and The Creative Arts Rehabilitation Center. Former Editor-in-Chief, Music Therapy: The Journal of the American Association for Music Therapy, Goodman has designed and taught 31 courses in the music department and served as the coordinator of the undergraduate and graduate music therapy programs for over two decades. She received her undergraduate and graduate education from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, Hunter College, Montclair State College and New York University. As an author, recent contributions to the literature include: Music Therapy Groupwork with Special Needs Children: The Evolving Process (2007), hailed as “astonishing and challenging ” (Clive Robbins), “a gold mine” (Nordic Journal of Music Therapy) and “a standard work”(Canadian Journal of Music Therapy) and her  book, Music Therapy Education and Training: From Theory to Practice (2011), “that should find its home on every academic book-shelf.” (Dr. Suzanne Hanser, Foreword). Prof. Goodman lectures worldwide on clinical techniques for psychiatric and developmentally disabled clients, work developed with the support of 24 research grants. In addition to her teaching, consulting, supervising and writing, Prof. Goodman serves as Senior Music Therapist in the Music Therapy Clinic, Affiliate Faculty for the Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health, Visiting Specialist for the Department of Psychology (winter/summer) and Editor to The International Journal of Clinical Medicine.


 Amy Clarkson Amy Clarkson
Adjunct Professor
Music Therapy
973-655-6974
clarksona@mail.montclair.edu
Amy L. Clarkson, MMT, MT-BC, CP, LCAT is a board certified music therapist and certified practitioner of psychodrama, sociometry and group psychotherapy. She received her music therapy training at Montclair State University and Temple University. She has served as a fieldwork supervisor and adjunct faculty member at the Cali School since 1998. In addition to those roles, she is now a clinical training associate, coordinating the practicum training placements for the music therapy program. She also provides music therapy services at Montclair State University's Ben Samuels Children’s Center, working with children who are on the autism spectrum, and serves as a consultant for the Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health. Amy is the music therapist and creative arts clinical supervisor for the PALS (Peace: A Learned Solution) Program of SAFE in Hunterdon, which serves children and families affected by domestic violence. She has presented at local, regional, and national conferences, and has published on the topics of songwriting and identity, music therapy for children with autism spectrum disorders, and the integration of the creative arts therapies in helping children heal from trauma.

Lynn Coyle   Lynn Coyle
Adjunct Professor 
Music Therapy 
Main Office: 973-655-7212
coylel@mail.montclair.edu
Lynn Coyle, MM, MMT, MT-BC has been the Director of Music Therapy at Matheny Medical & Educational Center, a premier facility for people of all ages with developmental disabilities, since 2000. She has presented regionally to educators, administrators, as well as music therapists. She has served as the treasurer for the New Jersey Association for Music Therapy, and was a member of the New Jersey Task Force for Occupational Regulation.

Marjorie Ellias   Marjorie Ellias
Adjunct Professor 
Music Therapy 
Main Office: 973-655-7212
Marjorie Ellias is a Board Certified Music Therapist who has been practicing for over 21 years. She received her Bachelors Degree at Western Michigan University in 1987. She has extensive experience implementing Music Therapy programs for Gero-Psych and Adult Psych patients in inpatient and partial care settings and has worked with geriatric residents in both skilled nursing facilities and dementia units. She is now providing contractual music therapy services to several facilities and training front line staff. She has been an on-site facility supervisor for Montclair State University music therapy students for 10 years and joined the faculty in 2006 to evaluate students in the field at their practicum sites.
Claire Ghetti
Adjunct Professor
Music Therapy
973-655-7212

Eric Miller   Eric Miller
Adjunct Professor
Coordinator, David Ott Laboratory for Music and Health
Music Therapy
Main Office: 973-655-7212
millerer@mail.montclair.edu
Dr. Eric Miller, biofeedback therapist and board-certified music therapist is author of Bio-guided Music Therapy (2011). He serves as adjunct faculty at Montclair University, and has lectured at the Naropa Institute, Bryn Mawr College, and Immaculata University among other institutions. Recent international presentations include appearances in Seoul, Tapei, Hong Kong, Kiental, Switzerland and Torino, Italy. Dr. Miller serves as Executive Director of nonprofits Music for People, Expressive Therapy Concepts and he also founded the Biofeedback Network. In 2007, he  collaborated with Grammy winning cellist, David Darling on the instrumental CD, Jazzgrass.
Suzannah Scott-Moncrieff
Adjunct Professor
Music Therapy
973-655-7212


Georgia Smith   Georgia Smith
Adjunct Professor 
Music Therapy 
Main Office: 973-655-7212
Georgia M. Smith, MA, MT-BC, ADC is a board certified music therapist, certified activity director and former nursing home administrator. She has been a clinician for more than 25 years and has co-authored an article in Art Psychotherapy Journal on the use of art and music with adult psychiatric patients. She currently provides end-of-life music therapy services for geriatric adults in nursing facilities and client's homes for Hospice of New Jersey. She also provides music therapy services on the Behavioral Health Unit at Morristown Memorial Hospital in the Atlantic Health System. Georgia also has a private practice for adults with developmental disabilities in Southern New Jersey. She has been an on-site practicum supervisor in geriatrics and psychiatry for Montclair music therapy students for many years and has been a faculty supervisor and visiting specialist for MSU since 1998. She has served as Vice President and is currently Newsletter Editor for the New Jersey Association of Music Therapists.

 Paula Unsal Paula Unsal 
Adjunct Professor 
Music Therapy
Main Office: 973-655-7212
Paula Unsal, MA, MT-BC, MM, BS, a professional singer and educator, holds degrees from Montclair State University, Boston University and Northwest Missouri State University. Ms. Unsal was distinguished with the honor award in opera at Boston University for two years, awarded an appearance in a Lincoln Center concert by the New York Singing Teachers Association, as well as winning prizes in Metropolitan Opera auditions. She formerly served on the boards of Bel Canto Opera and the Professional Women Singers Association. In her more recent degree of music therapy, she was awarded the David’s Fund Graduate Scholarship. During her internship, she provided services in the adult psychiatric community, and as a board certified music therapist, Ms. Unsal has worked with adults with developmental disabilities and children on the autism spectrum. She has served as a fieldwork supervisor for Montclair State music therapy practicum students in geriatrics and as adjunct faculty at both Montclair State University and Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison campus. Ms. Unsal is a member of the New Jersey Association of Music Therapists and the American Music Therapy Association.

 Madeleine Ventre Madeleine Ventre 
Adjunct Professor 
Music Therapy
Main Office: 973-655-7212
Madelaine Ventre, M.S., MT-BC, FAMI, is a Board Certified Music Therapist, a Fellow and Primary Trainer of the Association for Music and Imagery (AMI), and an ATMA (Association for Teachers of Mandala Assessment) approved Instructor. She has been a clinician for over 30 years and in private practice in Guided Imagery and Music (GIM) since 1981. Ms. Ventre coordinated the Music Therapy program at City University of New York from 1974-6, has been a Visiting Specialist at Montclair State University since 1978 and has been an adjunct faculty member at New York University since 1981, when she instituted the first university training in GIM. She has trained GIM students nationally and internationally. Ms. Ventre has published in professional journals and books and presented at national and international conferences. She has served on both the national and regional executive boards of NAMT, is a past president of the Mid-Atlantic Region of NAMT and has served on national committees in AMI. She is currently the director of the Creative Therapies Institute and the Center for Creative Therapies and the Arts.