Untitled Document Clinical training for music therapy students at the Frost School of Music meets and exceeds the highest national standards. Students complete six practica, or clinical training experiences, each one semester in length, beginning in the first semester of the sophomore year. The final student practicum experience is a culmination of the student’s skills with a senior project presentation.


 The six practica provide the student with:

  • Incremental learning of clinical skills over each semester
  • Clinical experience across the lifespan
  • Clinical experiences within different diagnoses and conditions
  • Weekly on-site supervision from board certified music therapists in the Miami area
  • Weekly academic supervision from University music therapy faculty and doctoral students
  • Varied clinical sites, including the many hospitals of the Jackson Health System, a world-renowned center for medical research, treatment and clinical care


 Clinical Training Sites and Clientele:

Site: Bay Point Schools
  Clients: Young male juvenile offenders

Site: Claridge House Nursing Home
  Clients: Elderly adults with Dementia

Site: Community Habilitation Center
  Clients: Adults with Developmental Disabilities, such as Mental Retardation
  Music Therapist: Jessica Baldwin, MT-BC

Site: Creative Children Therapy
  Clients: Children with Developmental Delays, such as Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome
  Music Therapist: Yani Rubio, MM, MT-BC

Site: Jackson Health System:

     –Highlands Park Pavilion
       Clients: Adolescents or Adults with Psychiatric Diagnoses, such as Depression
       Music Therapist: Pablo Landi, MT-BC

     –Holtz Center for Maternal and Child Health
       Clients: Women with post-surgery conditions

     –Holtz Pediatric Transplant Surgical Unit
       Clients: Children requiring long-term hospitalization due to transplant surgery

     –Mailman Center for Child Development, Debbie Institute
       Clients: Infants and Toddlers with Developmental Delays, such as Cerebral Palsy

     –Ryder Trauma Center, Rehabilitation Program
       Clients: Adults with Stroke and Traumatic Brain Injury

     –Miami Veterans Affairs Medical Center
       Clients: Adults and Elderly with Substance Abuse Disorders and/or Psychiatric Diagnoses, such as Depression
       and Schizophrenia
       Music Therapist: Shawn Buller, MM, MT-BC

Site: Kendall Speech and Language Center, Inc.
  Clients: Children with developmental delays
  Music Therapist: Jillian Mehler, MT-BC, NMT

Site: Miami Children’s Hospital, Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Program
  Clients: Children and Adolescents with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders

Site: Miami-Dade County Public Schools
  Clients: Children with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders

Site: United Cerebral Palsy
  Clients: Infants, Toddlers, and Preschool-age children with Developmental Delays
  Music Therapists: Amy Kalas, MM, MT-BC, Saori Higurashi, MM, MT-BC