• Noel Anderson, MMT, MT-BC

Meet our Music Therapist: Cassie!


I asked our music therapists a few questions about themselves, and they were more than willing to share with you!

Read below to find out how Cassie became a music therapist and see if you both have the same favorite 90's jam! ;)

Meet Cassie Smith


What did you want to be when you grew up?

The running joke between my sister, cousin, and I was we were all going to become dolphin trainers. We were obsessed with Sea World and thought it would be awesome to work with the dolphins.


It's funny how now we all are some way in the medical field; my sister is a nurse, my cousin is an occupational therapist, and I'm a music therapist.

How did you learn of music therapy?

My voice teacher told me about music therapy when I was a senior in high school. I originally wanted to study to be a clinical psychologist, until she told me about music therapy. After looking into the career field, I knew that's exactly what I wanted to do with my life. It was the best of both worlds!


Why did you want to become a music therapist?

I wanted to become a music therapist because I could use my passion of music to make a difference in the world.

The theme of the School Of Music at Ohio University when I attended was “Musicians Making a Difference”. I think that is very fitting for our field and it has stuck with me to this day.

What is your most favorite thing about being a music therapist?

My most favorite thing about being a music therapist is seeing the reactions of parents watching their child complete a goal for the first time.

If you weren’t a music therapist what would have been your career path?

That is a really hard question. As I mentioned earlier, I originally thought about becoming a clinical psychologist, but I truly don't see myself in another career.


You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?

I would be the color green because 1) it is my favorite color, 2) it is associated with nature, and 3) is symbolizes growth and harmony.


What’s your favorite ’90s jam?

Anything Backstreet Boys! I can probably sing all the words to most of their songs!

To learn more about Cassie's clinical background and "meet" our other therapists visit our bio page!


Also, be sure to check out the "related posts" where you'll find blog posts written by Cassie herself!

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