Melody Schwantes provides clinical supervision for music therapy students and teaches Music Therapy Clinical Skills, Developmental Music Therapy, Clinical Research Project, Models of Music Therapy in Mental Health, Functional Techniques, and Introduction to Music Therapy. A board certified music therapist, she also maintains a private practice, Joie de Vivre Music Therapy. Through her private practice, she specializes in providing music therapy services for children with autism and other disabilities. Dr. Schwantes's clinical experience includes work with older adults, adults with mental illness, children with special needs, and adults with medical needs in a variety of settings in the US, as well as in the Czech Republic.
Hannibal, N., & Schwantes, M. (2017). Mentalization based treatment (MBT): A possible theoretical frame for music therapy practice in clinical psychiatry. Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy, 17(2). Doi.org/10.15845/voices.v17i2.897
Grimmer, M. & Schwantes, M. (2017). Cross-cultural music therapy: Reflections of music therapists working internationally. Arts in Psychotherapy. Advanced online publication. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.aip.2017.07.001
Schwantes, M., & Rivera, E. (2017). A team working together to make a big, nice sound: An action research pilot study in an inclusive college setting. Arts in Psychotherapy. Advanced online publication. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.aip.2017.01.011
Economos, A., O’Keefe, T., & Schwantes, M. (2016). A resource-oriented music therapy assessment tool for use in a skilled nursing facility: Development and case example. Music Therapy Perspectives. Advanced online publication. doi: https://doi.org/10.1093/mtp/miw031
Schwantes, M. (2015). Choosing the right interpreter: Reflections on my experience. Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy, 15, doi:10.15845/voices.v15i2.820.
Schwantes, M., McKinney, C., & Hannibal, N. (2014). Music therapy’s effects on Mexican farmworkers levels of depression, anxiety, and social isolation: A randomized controlled trial. Arts in Psychotherapy, 41, 120–126.
Crain, R., Grzywacz, J., Schwantes, M., Isom, S. Quandt, S., & Arcury, T. (2012). Correlates of mental health among Latino farmworkers in North Carolina. Journal of Rural Health, 28, 277–285.
Schwantes, M., Wigram, T., McKinney, C., Lipscomb, A., & Richards, C. (2011). The Mexican corrido and its use in a music therapy bereavement group. The Australian Journal of Music Therapy, 22, 2-20.
Hahna, N., & Schwantes, M. (2011). Survey of music therapy educators: Implications for feminist music therapy pedagogy. Journal of Music Therapy, 48, 289-316.
Schwantes, M. & McKinney, C. (2010). Music therapy with Mexican migrant farmworkers: A pilot study. Music Therapy Perspectives, 28, 22-28.
Schwantes, M. (2009). The use of music therapy with children who speak English as a second language: An exploratory study. Music Therapy Perspectives, 27, 80-87.
Schwantes, M. (2017, July). Community music therapy for college students with and without ID. World Music Therapy Conference, Tsukuba, Japan.
Schwantes, M., & Rivera, E. (2016, November). Community music therapy for college students with and without ID. American Music Therapy Association National Conference, Sandusky, OH.
Gilboa, A., McFerran, K., Schwantes, M., & Stige. B. (2016). How fast and how dialogic should review processes of an open access music therapy journal be? European Music Therapy Conference, Vienna, Austria.
Hahna, N., Schwantes, M., Dunlap, A., Rebagay, R., Monje, J., Sanders, E., & Wilson, A. (November, 2015). I’ve got 99 problem (statements): Research with an empirical state of mind. American Music Therapy Association National Conference, Kansas City, MO.
Schwantes, M. (2015, March). Transformative mixed methods research designs: Clinical applications in music therapy. South Eastern Region of the American Music Therapy Conference, Columbia, SC.
Schwantes, M. (2013, November). Sequential transformative mixed methods research: Applications for clinical music therapy research. American Music Therapy Association National Conference, Jacksonville, FL.
Schwantes, M. (2012, February). Using art based therapy to address immigrant and refugee health. Paper presented as invited guest Minority Health Conference, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health.
Schwantes, M. (2011, November). Challenges to music therapy researchers: Designing and implementing mixed methods research. American Music Therapy Association National Conference, Atlanta, GA.
Schwantes, M. (2011, November). The Mexican Corrido and its use in a music therapy bereavement group. American Music Therapy Association National Conference, Atlanta, GA.
Schwantes, M. , Wigram., T., & McKinney, C. (2011, November). Participatory Action Research: One Method of Culture-Centered Music Therapy. American Music Therapy Association National Conference, Cleveland, OH
Schwantes, M. & Lipscomb, E. (2011, October). Strengths-Based Mental Health Wellness: Assessment, Intervention, and Evaluation. East Coast Migrant Stream Forum, Charleston, SC.
Schwantes, M. & Hahna, N. (2010, March). Survey of music therapy educators: Implications for feminist music therapy education, Mid-Atlantic Region of the American Music Therapy Association Regional Conference, Pittsburg, PA.