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Save the Date: June 8th, 2024. Michigan's Second Wave: Exploring the Legacy and Future of Music Therapy Programs in the Great Lakes State. Presenters: Roger Smeltekop, Theresa Merrill, Brian Wilson. Moderated by Ed Roth.

Michigan’s Second Wave: Exploring the

Legacy and Future of

Music Therapy Programs in the Great Lakes State

Presented by:

Theresa Merrill, Edward Roth, Roger Smeltekop, and Brian Wilson


Saturday, June 8, 2024, 1pm-4pm

MMT business meeting following CBMT

at Western Michigan University with

zoom satellites in Ann Arbor and Flint

Dear Michigan Music Therapists,

Please join us for our spring music therapy workshop presented by a prestigious group of retired and departing program directors from Michigan’s music therapy university programs, on Saturday, June 8, 2024. The workshop will be in person at Western Michigan University with zoom satellites in Ann Arbor and Flint.

The workshop will run from 1:00PM to 3:00PM and will provide professionals the opportunity to earn a total of 2 CMTE credits. An MMT meeting will take place following the presentation.

Course Description:

This panel discussion will convene a prestigious group of retired and departing program directors from Michigan’s music therapy university programs: Eastern Michigan (EMU), Michigan State (MSU), and Western Michigan (WMU) universities. The session will feature insights from Roger Smeltekop (MSU), Theresa (Terra) Merrill (EMU), and Brian Wilson (WMU), who have each played a pivotal role in shaping their respective programs.


Through a series of discussions moderated by Edward (Ed) Roth, the panel will explore the

historical evolution of music therapy education in Michigan, highlighting key developments and challenges over the years. The discussion will also delve into the professional philosophies and innovative personal approaches that these directors employed to advance the field and nurture future therapists who have gone on to careers around the world.

The panelists will explore the future trajectory of music therapy education and broader profession, offering insights from over 100 years of combined clinical and educational experience. This session aims to provide attendees with a comprehensive understanding of the roots and branches of music therapy education in Michigan, fostering a deeper appreciation and a forward-looking perspective on how the legacy of these programs can influence ongoing and future advancements in the field.


Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this workshop participants will be able to:

  1. Summarize the history of music therapy education in Michigan. (V.A.1, V.A.2, V.B.9)
  2. Explain how the history of music therapy in Michigan impacts a forward-looking perspective on ongoing and future advancements in the field.

(V.A.1, V.A.2, V.B.9)

Course Schedule:


1:00 – 1:50 Welcome and Introductions; Panel discussion focused on:

Historical evolution of music therapy education in Michigan

Professional philosophies and innovative approaches

2:00 – 2:50 Panel discussion focused on:

Perspectives on future trajectory of music therapy

Other insights

Attendees’ questions


3:00            MMT Business Meeting


Presenter Biographies:


Terra Merrill, PhD, MT-BC, FAMI, LLPC, Professor Emerita, is a Canadian trained music therapist with both bachelor’s and master’s degrees received from Capilano University in Vancouver, BC. Terra received her PhD from Michigan State University.

Her clinical background is in Medical Music Therapy and Gerontological Music Therapy and Hospice music therapy. After obtaining her PhD from Michigan State University, Terra became a music therapy educator first at Marylhurst University in Portland, Oregon and then here at Eastern Michigan University where she directed the program from 2012- 2022. She is now Professor Emerita of music therapy and continues to teach at EMU part time.

Dr. Merrill is also a clinical mental health counselor in the State of Michigan, a Fellow of the Association for Music & Imagery, a certified grief counselor and trauma therapist. Now, in addition to teaching part time at Eastern, Dr. Merrill owns and operates Sound Living Therapy- Integrative Arts and Counseling practice.


Ed Roth, PhD, MT-BC has been a member of WMU’s Music Therapy faculty since 2000, directing the program from 2015 to 2024. He served as Assistant Dean for Research at the WMU College of Fine Arts and Assistant Director at WMU’s Resiliency Center for Families and Children. Founder of the Brain Research and Interdisciplinary Neurosciences (BRAIN Lab) in 2011, Dr. Roth conducts mechanistic and clinical research on the neurobiology of social connection and group flow during improvisation. He has published extensively in international science, medical, and music therapy journals and has presented and taught worldwide, including residencies in Barcelona and Brisbane. Starting Fall 2024, Dr. Roth will join the University of Houston as the Alice and Fletcher Pratt Endowed Professor and Director of Music Therapy, and as a Clinical Medical Educator at the Tilman J. Fertitta Family School of Medicine.

“I am deeply grateful to the music therapists of Michigan who trained me, collaborated with me, and learned alongside me. Our time together has deeply enriched my life and career”.

Roger Smeltekop, MT-BC (1985-2012), retired associate professor of music therapy and Coordinator of the MSU Music Therapy Clinic, taught at Michigan State University from 1977 to 2011.  He holds both a bachelors and a masters degree in music therapy from Michigan State.  Prior to teaching, he was in clinical practice in adolescent and adult psychiatry.  He has contributed to several publications on the topics of music therapy in mental health, termination of therapy, and supervision.  He served on the American Music Therapy Association Assembly of Delegates, has been active in the Great Lakes Region, and is a former chair of the national Certification Board for Music Therapists.

Brian Wilson: Prior to his retirement in 2015, Brian Wilson was Professor of Music and director of the music therapy program at Western Michigan University for 40 years. He taught both undergraduate and graduate courses in music therapy principles and procedures. He has been published in several books and journals and was the editor of Music Therapy Perspectives from 1990 to 2011. Professor Wilson is a past president of Michigan Music Therapists and has held numerous offices in regional and national music therapy organizations including the American Music Therapy Association where he served on the Board of Directors for 10 years.

His research interests included investigation into the evolving roles of music therapy and music education with special learners and models of assessment in music therapy clinical practice. Professor Wilson was the editor and a contributor to Models of Music Therapy Interventions in School Settings that was published in the 1990’s by the American Music Therapy Association

Brian Wilson has been honored with many accolades for his service to the profession including Honorary Life Membership from Michigan Music Therapists, the Distinguished Service Award and the Honorary Life Member Award from the Great Lakes Region of AMTA and the Distinguished Service Award and Lifetime Achievement Award from AMTA.


This course is available for a total of 2 CMTE credits. There are no prerequisites to attend this workshop. is approved by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) for 2 Continuing Music Therapy Education credits. The Michigan Music Therapists (P-014) maintain responsibility for program quality and adherence to CBMT policies and criteria. Grievance policies and procedures are available upon request.




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          $25.00 MMT Professional Member (Or any GLR State member)

          $50.00 Non‐MMT Professional (includes workshop and 2024 Membership)

          Free for Music Therapy Student MMT Member (Or any GLR student member)

            $10.00 Music Therapy Student Non MMT Member (includes workshop and 2024 Membership)

          $50 Non music therapist


* Professional members from other GLR State organizations will receive the MMT professional conference rate*



Online Payment and Registration:

If registering by mail please make your check payable to MICHIGAN MUSIC THERAPISTS and mail form & payment to:

Michigan Music Therapists

Rachael Lawrence-Lupton

3198 Otter Creek Court

Ann Arbor, MI 48105


Questions? Contact Rachael Lawrence-Lupton at

or at 312-515-6161


Registration will be closed at midnight Thursday June 6, 2024. Zoom links will be sent on Saturday morning, June 8, 2024.


A 100% refund will be granted if cancellation is requested by Friday, June 7th, 2024.

No refunds will be given after that date. In the event that MMT must cancel the workshop, a full refund will be given.

Directions to WMU

Dalton Center Rehearsal Room 1120.

Parking is available in the structure attached to Miller Auditorium. On Saturdays, parking is free, and they do not have an event that day, which means spots should be available. If travelers are using GPS to find the structure, the address is 1341 Theatre Drive, Kalamazoo 49008. Dalton Center is a short walk across the Fountain Plaza from Miller. Handicap accessible parking can be found behind Dalton Center, and the best way to find that is via the attached step-by-step instructions


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