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About James Hiller

"I believe deeply in the power of music experiences as catalysts for change, learning, healing, and enhancing human development. I believe that within the music therapy process the greatest potential for therapeutic growth and healing exists when the music (provided or produced either by the therapist or by the therapist and client together) is of the highest possible quality. I further believe that the more deeply a music therapist understands the myriad of ways that music affects her/him personally, the more sensitively and effectively they are able to provide therapeutic music experiences for their clients. As such, I believe an essential part of each music therapy student's development is in nurturing a deep personal relationship with music in his or her own life."
Jim Hiller's many years of experience as a music therapy clinician, teacher, and solo performer are the grounding elements of his teaching, workshops, and presentations. Jim's clinical experience includes extensive work in child, adolescent, adult, and geriatric psychiatry; brain trauma and neurological disorders, developmental disabilities, and oncology. His clinical work tends toward "active" music therapy methods and his area of expertise is with clinical improvisation based models of music therapy.
Jim has taught in the music therapy programs of Temple University, the College of Mount St. Joseph, and Ohio University. His professional presentations include such topics as improvisational music therapy assessment and treatment, neurologic music therapy, music and the therapeutic relationship, community based music therapy programming, and marketing of music therapy programs.
Jim continues to perform as a guitarist/singer in the Columbus and Dayton, Ohio areas presenting popular song styles in swing/jazz/tin pan alley and light rock genres.

• Dayton Area Music Therapists, 2005 to present.
• Certification Board for Music Therapists: Member of Exam Committee, 2002-2008:
• Chair of the CBMT Exam Committee, 2008.
• Ohio Association for Music Therapy, Professional Member, 2000 to present.
• Great Lakes Region of the American Music Therapy Association, Professional Member, 1995- present.
• American Music Therapy Association, Professional Member, 1994 -present.


2001 - Present Lecturer, Music Therapy, University of Dayton Department of Music

Curriculum Vitae


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  • MUS 282: Functional Music Therapy Skills
  • MUS 285: Intro to Music Therapy
  • MUS 286: Introduction to Music Therapy II (Methods and Assessment)
  • MUS 287: Practicum in Music Therapy I
  • MUS 307: Development of American Popular Song
  • MUS 340: Music Education for Students with Special Needs
  • MUS 382: Clinical Improvisation II
  • MUS 385: Principles of Music Therapy
  • MUS 387 & 388: Practicum in Music Therapy IV & V (Clinical Supervision)
  • MUS 486: Research in Music Therapy
  • Summer Graduate Workshops (Improvisation for the Classroom and Music and Inclusion) for Music Education Master's Program
  • Summer Graduate Workshop (Music in the Counseling Process) for Counselor Education program of the University of Dayton and Capital University


2011 PhD, Temple University ‐ Music Therapy
1994 MMT, Temple University
1982 BM, Capital University ‐ Jazz Guitar Performance

Contact Information

Location: FH 446
Phone: 937-229-3985