Music Therapy


  • Katie Martin, MT-BC

    Katie is a board-certified music therapist at the Center for Excellence in Disabilities at West Virginia University. She is experienced with a variety of populations including early childhood, autism/pervasive developmental disorders, children and adolescents with special needs, and emotional and behavioral disorders. Katie is passionate about creating positive change through music and is skilled in techniques to improve verbal and non-verbal skills, cognitive functioning, motor skills and behavior. Katie is a graduate of the nationally ranked music therapy program at the University of Kansas. She completed her clinical work at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, Texas.

  • Dena Register, Ph.D., MT-BC

    Dena Register is an Associate Professor of Music Therapy and Director of the Music Therapy program at WVU. Before coming to Morgantown, Dr. Register taught in the music therapy program at the University of Kansas in addition to serving as the Director of Faculty Programs in the Office of International Programs and as a Faculty Fellow in the Center for Teaching Excellence. Her position in the WVU School of Music includes the design and implementation of the music therapy program, beginning with the Bachelors degree in music therapy.

    As the Regulatory Affairs Advisor for the Certification Board for Music Therapists, she works with music therapists across the country on obtaining this professional recognition. In 2009, Dr. Register was awarded a Council for International Exchange of Scholars Fulbright Scholar grant to teach and conduct research at Mahidol University, Thailand. She developed the “Therapeutic Uses of Music” training to begin building an awareness and appreciation of music therapy as a discipline among medical and education personnel. To date, she has trained more than one hundred professionals, initiated numerous clinical sites and offerings and consulted on research projects across Thailand. She helped developed and launch the first music therapy Masters degree program in Southeast Asia at Mahidol University College of Music in 2013. She continues her work there as a consultant and researcher.

  • Amy Rodgers Smith, MMT, MT-BC

    Amy has been a Music Therapist-Board Certified (MT-BC) since 2007 and earned her Master’s Degree in Music Therapy from Colorado State University in 2016. She is currently the Mid-Atlantic Region of the American Music Therapy Association’s Government Relations Chair-Elect; Chair of the West Virginia State Task Force; and an adjunct music therapy professor at West Virginia University

    Amy received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Therapy and Minor in Psychology from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio (2006). She completed her 6-month music therapy internship at Palmetto Health Baptist Hospital in Columbia, South Carolina.

    Amy is the founder of On A Better Note Music Therapy, which provides music therapy services and adaptive music lessons in West Virginia.

  • Nicoletta Ciampa, B.M.

    Nicoletta is a graduate student at West Virginia University studying to achieve her M.A. in Elementary Education with Certification, and is completing the required coursework for eligibility to sit for the music therapy board certification examination. Nicoletta finished her Bachelor’s of Music in 2014 at WVU and has since worked in the Morgantown community as a private music instructor, drama coach, music director, performer, and in several capacities at Morgantown Theatre Company (MTC). As a performer, Nicoletta most recently appeared in the 2015 summer season at West Virginia Public Theatre as Lynne in “A Grand Night for Singing”, and June in “Smoke on the Mountain”. At MTC, Nicoletta taught drama classes for elementary and middle school-aged children, music directed “Seussical the Musical”, voice coached “Into the Woods”, and acted as Assistant Director & Office/Production Assistant for several other musicals including “Little Shop of Horrors” and “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory”. Nicoletta aspires to create and maintain a diverse and creative classroom, academically and artistically, and to provide services and extracurricular activities to children with a variety of needs as a future Music Therapist-Board Certified (MT-BC). It is her hope to integrate her passions of teaching and music in order to provide better experiences in education and life to all whom she encounters.