Music therapy

Music therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program (AMTA, 2010).

The Lucille Caudill Little Performing Arts in HealthCare Program through the UK School of Music offers the only music therapy graduate degree program in Kentucky. It began as a collaboration between UK HealthCare and the UK School of Music and consists of three primary components:

  • Clinical services designed to meet the mental and physical health care needs of individuals using music-based interventions.
  • Research
  • Student training in the state’s first and only graduate degree program in music therapy.

This dedicated partnership is overseen by Lori Gooding, PhD, MT-BC, and ensures that our patients will benefit from having the most up-to-date music therapy techniques.

Professor Gooding is a member of the College of Fine Arts faculty and is joined by Olivia Swedberg Yinger, PhD. Together they oversee all aspects of student academic and clinical training and regularly conduct music therapy research. Learn more information about UK's graduate academic program 

Clinical music therapy services

The University of Kentucky's clinical music therapy services are conducted in a variety of units throughout UK HealthCare facilities. These services are spearheaded by lead clinician Jessy Rushing, MM, MT-BC. Jessy also serves as the internship supervisor for UK HealthCare’s Music Therapy Internship.

Music therapy in the news

Click on the link for more information (including video links) involving music therapy in the media.

For more information

For more information on clinical services, please contact the music therapy program at or call 859-323-4330. You can also follow us on Facebook.

Page last updated: 7/7/2015 2:13:38 PM