Adjunct Professor in Music Therapy
Erin Spring (she/her) has been a practicing, board-certified music therapist (MT-BC) in central and southeast Ohio since 2007 and founded Central Ohio Music Therapy (COMT) in 2010. Erin is a neurologically trained music therapist serving a variety of populations including individuals with autism & developmental disabilities, those participating in neurological rehabilitation, patients receiving general hospital & oncology care, elders with geriatric & end of life needs, and children & families experiencing grief. She holds bachelor and master’s degrees in music therapy from Ohio University where she studied under A. Louise Steele and Dr. Kamile Geist. Her graduate research thesis focused on the education, training and terminology used in preparing music therapy students for interprofessional collaboration. Erin interned at the Music School Settlement and the Cleveland Clinic Palliative Medicine Unit under Lori Lundeen-Smith and Dr. Lisa Gallagher.
Erin taught music therapy as an adjunct professor for Ohio University from 2012-2014 and her COMT team began providing fieldwork supervision of music therapy practicum students and interns in 2014. Erin and her staff continue to collaborate as a community partner with Ohio University through clinical music therapy and early childhood music services under the Athens Community Music School (ACMS), administrative and clinical services through the Ohio Valley Center for Collaborative Arts, and participation in research and supervision through the Ohio University Music Therapy Department (OUMT). As a music therapy business owner, Erin has worked with the OUMT faculty, COMT team and local communities to advocate for and increase availability of local board-certified music therapy services.
Ms. Spring is a member of the American Music Therapy Association and the Association (AMTA) of Ohio Music Therapists (AOMT). She currently serves as the co-chair for the AMTA Music Therapy Informed Music Listening Workgroup that provides support to music therapists developing music listening programs and advocating for safe and effective music listening experiences. Erin also services as co-chair for the Ohio Music Therapy Task Force seeking licensure in the state of Ohio to increase access to music therapy services for Ohioans. She regularly presents at local, state and national music therapy and allied health professional conferences.
Erin is the director of the Circleville Presbyterian Church Handbell & Chime Choir and the community Roundtown Ringers ensemble. She also enjoys providing pet therapy with her registered therapy dog Rosie to college & school-age students and elders residing in long term care communities.
M.M., Music Therapy, Ohio University
B.M., Music Therapy, Ohio University
MUS 3830 & 5820 Psychology of Music