Julie Cassity, MS, MT-BC, is a board-certified music therapist who has experience with a variety of populations including developmental disabilities and geriatrics. She also has experience in mental health and maintains licensure as a professional counselor. Julie opened The Center for Music Therapy and Wellness, located on the Drury University campus in 2002. This has grown into a significant practice, providing services to many individuals in the greater Springfield area as well as providing training opportunities for the music therapy majors at Drury University. She serves as instructor of music therapy at Drury, teaching Field Studies and overseeing student practicum experiences in music therapy settings. In 2013, Julie founded Music Therapy of the Ozarks, a non-profit with a mission of providing scholarships to individuals and programs in the community that could not afford music therapy and building community awareness of the benefits of music therapy.
Julie has co-authored the book, Multimodal Psychiatric Music Therapy as well as a published article in the Journal of Music Therapy. She has also presented at regional and national conferences.
Prior to her work in Springfield, Missouri, Julie worked in the areas of music therapy and mental health in the state of Oklahoma. She received a B.S. in music therapy from Texas Woman’s University in 1986, and a Master’s in Psychology from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in 1991.