Team

 

MUSIC THERAPY AND CREATIVE ARTS TEAM

Michael-CassityMichael Cassity, PhD, MT-BC

Founder, President and CEO

Music Therapy and Creative Arts, Inc.

(Formerly, Music Therapy Services Inc.)

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MUSIC THERAPY DIVISION:  CONTRACTORS

Deanna Cecenas, BM, MT-BC

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Brittany Brosseau, BMT, MT-BC

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Kaiti Rutledge

  Kaiti Rutledge, BMT, MT-BC

MTCA Music Therapy Internship Coordinator

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Madison “Madi” Summers, BMT, MT-BC

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ART DIVISION:  CONTRACTORS

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Michael BishopBFA (art)

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Jeremy Kinkeade, BFA (K-12 Art Education)

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Jessica Sundstrom, BA (K-12 Art Education)

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MTCA PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

Michael Cassity, PhD, MT-BC, President and CEO  

Education, Professional Experience, Awards, and Publications

Education:

Doctor of Philosophy (Music Therapy) (The University of Iowa)

Master of Music Therapy (Loyola University New Orleans)

Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) (Southwest Baptist University, Bolivar, Missouri)

Professional Experience and Awards:

As of 2021, 48 years experience in music therapy (university teaching and clinical supervision or practice); music therapy refereed publications span 43 years.

Board Certified Music Therapist, Certification Board For Music Therapists (CBMT), 1986-present.

President and CEO, Founder, Music Therapy and Creative Arts, Inc. (2012-present).

Founder, Director, and Professor of Music Therapy, Drury University (2001-2012).  NOTE: Music therapy enrollment at time of retirement was 45 undergraduate students and eight graduate students.

Founder, Director, and Professor of Music Therapy, Southwestern Oklahoma State University (1981-2001).

Granted honorary title of Professor Emeritus, July 20, 2001, Board of Regents of Oklahoma Colleges.

Service Award, Presented by the Department of Music, Southwestern Oklahoma State University, 2001.

Member of the Editorial Committee, Journal of Music Therapy (2002-2008, 2010-2014).

Professional member, American Music Therapy Association/National Association for Music Therapy, 1975-present.

Harmony Award in Research, Presented by the Southwestern Region, American Music Therapy Association (AMTA), 1998.

Pianist and Honorary Member, Weatherford, Oklahoma Rotary Club, 1998-2001.

Assembly of Delegates, American Music Therapy Association, Inc., 1996-2001.

Very Special Arts – Oklahoma Advisory Board, Oklahoma  State Department of Education, 1986-1990.

President, Southwestern Region, National Association for Music Therapy, Inc. (American Music Therapy Association, Inc.), 1985-1987.

Supervisor of Education and Coordinator of ESEA Title IV Grants, Belle Chasse State School, Belle Chasse, LA, 1976-1978.

135th Army National Guard Band, 1966-1972.

Publications:

Wheeler, B. L., Cassity, M. D., Lesiuk, T. L., Burns, D. S., Rossetti, A., & Hanser, S. B. (2019).  Music therapy and music medicine studies in oncology:  Part II: The use of the Delphi technique. Music & Medicine, 11 (3), 160-165.

Wheeler, B. L., Lesiuk, T. L., Burns, D. S., Hanser, S. B., Rossetti, A., & Cassity, M. D. (2019).  Music therapy and music medicine studies in oncology:  Part I: A Comparison. Music & Medicine, 11 (3), 145-159.

Cassity, M. D. (2019).  The Psychiatric Music Therapy Questionnaire. In S. L. Jacobsen, E. G. Waldon, & G. Gattino (Eds.), Music therapy assessment (pp. 332-363). Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.  NOTE: First music therapy assessment tool to demonstrate construct validity with major personality inventories.

Cassity, M. D. (2016). The Delphi technique. In B. L. Wheeler & K. Murphy (Eds.), Music therapy research (3rd Ed.) (pp. 350-357). Dallas, TX: Barcelona Publishers.

Cassity, M. D. (2013). Contributor. In K. Kirkland (Ed.), International dictionary of music therapy (p. xi). New York: Taylor and Francis Group.

Cassity, M. D. (2007). Psychiatric music therapy in 2016: A Delphi poll of the future. Music Therapy Perspectives, 25 (1), 86-93.  NOTE: First published Delphi study in music therapy and music education.

Cassity, M. D., & Cassity, J. E. (2006). Multimodal psychiatric music therapy for adults, adolescents, and children: A clinical manual (3rd Ed.). Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley Publications.

Cassity, M. D. (1995). Clinical applications of music therapy in cases of domestic violence. Directions in Mental Health Counseling, 5, 11, 1-13.

Cassity, M. D. (1994). The influence of a music therapy activity upon peer acceptance, group cohesiveness, and interpersonal relationships of adult psychiatric patients. In J. M. Standley & Carol A. Prickett (Eds.), Research in music therapy: A tradition of excellence. Outstanding reprints from the Journal of Music Therapy 1964-1993 (pp. 190-200). Silver Spring, MD: National Association for Music Therapy, Inc.

Cassity, M. D. & Cassity, J. E. (1994). Psychiatric music therapy assessment and treatment in clinical training facilities. Journal of Music Therapy, 31, 2-30.

Cassity, M. D. & Theobold, K. A. (1990). Domestic violence: Assessments and treatments employed by music therapists.  Journal of Music Therapy, 27, 179-194. NOTE: First published domestic violence study in music therapy.

Cassity, M. D. (1987). Functional piano skills for music therapy interns. In C. D. Maranto & K. Bruscia (Eds.), Temple university studies on music therapy education, volume I: Perspectives on music therapy education and training  (79-96). Philadelphia: Temple University.

Cassity, M. D. (1985, U. of Iowa). Techniques, procedures and practices employed in the assessment of adaptive and music behaviors of trainable mentally retarded children. Dissertation  Abstracts International, 46, 10A (University Microfilms International No. 85-27959, 2955).

Cassity, M. D. (1981). Module four: Special educators. In Lathom (Ed.), Music therapy in the education of handicapped  children and youth: A manual to conduct in-service training workshops for music educators, administrators, parents, and special educators (pp. 149-158). Washington, D. C.: National Association for Music Therapy.

Cassity, M. D. (1981). The influence of a socially valued skill upon peer acceptance in a music therapy group Journal of Music Therapy, 18, 148-154.

Cassity, M. D. (1978). Social development of TMRs involved in performing and non-performing groups. Journal of Music Therapy, 15, 100-105.

Cassity, M. D. (1977). Nontraditional guitar techniques for EMR and TMR residents in music therapy activities. Journal of Music Therapy, 14, 39-42.

Cassity, M. D. (1976). An individualized treatment plan approach to teaching education skills (ESEA Title IV, Part C research grant #28-771014-0). In Louisiana exemplary education programs via ESEA titles III and IV. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State Department of Education.

Cassity, M. D. (1976). The influence of a music therapy activity upon peer acceptance, group cohesiveness, and interpersonal relationships of adult psychiatric patients. Journal of Music Therapy, 13, 66-76. Also, Loyola University New Orleans master’s thesis.

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 Brittany Brosseau, BMT, MT-BC

Education:

Southwest Baptist University  

Bachelor of Music Therapy (BMT), Drury University

Experience:

Music Therapist, Music Therapy and Creative Arts, Inc.,  serving Lawrence and Barry Counties.

Music therapy intern, Music Therapy and Creative Arts, Inc.

Nursing home music therapist, Ozark, Missouri, 2012-2013

Note:  I have been married to my best friend, Kaleb, since August 2008 and we have a beautiful boy named Brennan who is the joy of our lives. I am a very active member of the First Baptist Church in Ozark, Missouri where my husband and I sing on the praise team and in the adult choir. I have taught first through third grade choir at our church for four years.

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Kaiti Rutledge, BMT, MT-BC

MTCA Music Therapy Internship Coordinator

Education:

Bachelor of Music Therapy (BMT), Drury University

Experience:

Music Therapist, Music Therapy and Creative Arts, Inc., serving Taney, Stone, Lawrence, and Barry Counties.  Music therapy internship coordinator.

Lawrence Public Schools, Lawrence, Kansas (music therapy internship)

Rutledge Music Therapy, owner and music therapist

Willard Missouri School District

Drury University Center for Music Therapy and Wellness

Enrichment Alternatives,  Springfield, Missouri (pre-school children with special needs)

Note: Kaiti has had extensive training and experience in IEP-based music therapy and behavior modification for children. She has worked with special needs children for more than 10 years.  In her free time she enjoys writing and performing music, and playing in a worship band.  She considers it a blessing to be married to her best friend, Jake, since May 2011.  

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Madison “Madi” Summers, BMT, MT-BC 

Education:

Bachelors of Music Therapy, Drury University

Music Therapy Intern, Music Therapy and Creative Arts, Inc.

Experience:

Music Therapist, Music Therapy and Creative Arts, Inc., serving Taney, Stone, and Barry Counties

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Michael Bishop, BFA (Art)

Education:

Bachelor of Fine Arts (Ceramics), Missouri State University

Associates in Radiographic Technology

Experience:

Art instructor, Music Therapy and Creative Arts, Inc., serving Stone, Barry, and Lawrence Counties.

The ARC of the Ozarks

Alternative Opportunities (developmental disabilities)

Austin Dooley Company (developmental disabilities)

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Jeremy Kinkeade, BFA (K-12 Art Education)

Education:

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Drury University

Experience:

Art Instructor, Music Therapy and Creative Arts, Inc., serving Stone County.

Springfield Public Schools, Art Teacher, Parkview High School

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Jessica Sundstrom,BFA (K-12 Art Education)

Education:

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Evangel University

Experience:

Art Instructor, Music Therapy and Creative Arts, Inc., serving Stone, Barry, and Lawrence Counties.

Springfield Public Schools, Art Teacher, Hillcrest High School

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