Music Therapy Fellowship Program


The music therapy program at Michigan Medicine’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital is within the Child and Family Life Department at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital. As part of Michigan Medicine, our department as a whole is dedicated to decreasing the pain and anxiety associated with hospitalization, while enhancing the overall experience of our patients and families. Specifically, the music therapy team provides a broad and wide range of intentional music therapy services and interventions within the physical, cognitive, social and emotional domains to assist patients and families in their hospitalization journey.

Fellowship Description

The music therapy fellowship offers 1 year of experience to a music therapist with interest in gaining experience within a pediatric hospital. This fellowship experience may be extended to 2 years, given the results of a performance evaluation after completion of the first fellowship year. The fellow will have experience working with patients in both the inpatient and outpatient setting, with a variety of acute and chronic illnesses, and collaborate with the music therapy team to grow awareness of the music therapy program as a whole. In addition, the fellow will hold responsibilities in Sophie’s Place, a dedicated music therapy space, opening in 2020.

The music therapy fellowship is designed to provide experience to the profession, including an in depth orientation period, monthly supervision from experienced music therapists, and an educational stipend. The music therapy fellow will be encouraged, but not required, to utilize additional supervision under the recommendations of the supervisor. Experience will be gained in the competitive pediatric setting, as Michigan Medicine C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital is consistently rated amongst the Top Children’s Hospitals in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report. The fellow will manage a designated caseload with patients from multiple units, learn about program development, have the opportunity to co-treat with members of the interdisciplinary team, and benefit from resources dedicated to his/her professional growth and education.

General Summary of Position

The music therapy fellow will provide music therapy services to pediatric patients of various ages, abilities, diagnosis, prognosis and cultural backgrounds. The music therapy program acts as part of the Child and Family Life Department, educates staff on the availability and benefits of music therapy services, understands the physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of children, adolescents and their families, and integrates this knowledge into treatment planning and delivery of services. The music therapy fellow will adhere to the goals and mission of Michigan Medicine’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and the Child and Family Life Department.

Program Details

The fellowship is a full-time (40 hours per week), 1-year position. Upon performance evaluation after completion of year 1 of the fellowship, a 2nd fellowship year may be offered. Clinical training, supervision, and resources for professional growth are included with the fellowship experience through an educational stipend and free seminars offered through Michigan Medicine.

Additional program details below

  • The fellowship provides a salary for a full-time (40 hours per week), 12-month (1 year) placement. Hands on clinical experience, training, education, and supervision are provided as part of the fellowship experience. A 2nd fellowship year may be offered contingent upon a successful performance evaluation after 1st fellowship year is completed.
  • The music therapy fellow will have responsibility for providing music therapy services to certain in-patient units, in addition to opportunities to facilitate group and individual sessions both bedside and in Sophie’s Place. Clinical work will focus on the needs of pediatric patients and families specific to the assessment, evaluation, and treatment plan created by the music therapy fellow.
  • The 40-hour work week will include:
    • Sunday-Thursday weekly music therapy coverage
      • The fellow may be asked to cover various holidays/weekends in addition to working Sundays
  • 35 hours clinical/direct work with patients
  • 1 hour of treatment planning/attendance for psychosocial rounds
  • 1-hour education or seminar attendance
  • 1-hour staff meeting or various committee meeting attendance
  • 1 hour of project work
  • 1 hour of supervision
  • Clinical areas served by the music therapy team are listed below. The music therapy fellow may assist in coverage in all of these areas.

Note: Areas with a * indicate primary units served by the music therapy fellow

  • Outpatient radiology and surgery
  • Hematology/Oncology In-patient and Out-patient units
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)*
  • When consulted, Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital Palliative Care Program*
  • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
  • Pediatric Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit (PCTU)
  • Pediatric Dialysis
  • Cardiology inpatient and outpatient units
  • Rehabilitation Units
  • Outpatient pediatric settings
  • General pediatric care units*
  • Skills that are developed and focused on during the fellowship include:
    • Documentation/Use of electronic medical record system
    • Music and technology skills
    • Assessment, treatment planning, evaluation skills
    • Integration into a diverse and multidisciplinary treatment team
    • Communication skills
    • Advocacy and program development for music therapy
    • Professional presentation skills


  • Applicants must have completed a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Music Therapy from an accredited university.
  • Applicants must have completed a clinical internship from an approved national roster internship site or a university/college affiliated internship site.
  • Applicants must have passed the board certification exam and have received the MT-BC credential.
    • Note: Music therapy interns who have not yet taken the board-certification exam may apply and the MT-BC credential must be obtained within 6 months to 1 year of hire date. Maintaining the position will be contingent upon successfully passing the board-certification exam.
    • Proficiency on voice, guitar, and piano.

Preferred experience, but not required

  • NICU MT certification, or interest in obtaining certification, strongly preferred.
  • Internship or other experience in the pediatric hospital setting.
  • Experience completing the heartbeat recording intervention.
  • Experience with recording and music technology.
  • Experience providing procedural support.
  • Experience with patient and family centered care philosophy.
  • Experience with bereavement support.
  • Experience with music for pain management techniques.
  • Proficiency on drum set, ukulele, electric bass guitar, and hand drums.

Stipend and Benefits

  • Monthly stipend
  • Medical insurance eligibility
  • Education materials
  • Conference funding (will cover NICU MT training if not already NICU MT certified)
  • 15 paid days off for the year (inclusive of vacation and sick time)


The Fellowship Application is due Friday, July 26, 2019, with an anticipated start date for as soon as possible after completion of interview process, successful hire, and successful orientation screening/process. 

For more information or additional questions, please contact Meredith Schlabig, MT-BC, at 734.232.7268 or