School of Music


Emily Sevcik, MSEd. MT-BC, LPC
Assistant Professor, Music Therapy
Browne Hall 208

Assistant Professor of Music Therapy, joined Western Illinois University in the fall of 2019. Mrs. Sevcik holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Therapy from Western Illinois University (2008) and a Master of Science in Education with an emphasis in mental health counseling from Northern Illinois University (2015). She is continuing to work towards a PhD through the University of Iowa, which she started in the fall of 2017.

Mrs. Sevcik has extensive clinical experience as a music therapist and counselor working with children through older adults at end-of-life and in bereavement care, teens and adults with psychiatric illnesses, toddlers through young adults with cognitive and physical disabilities, and medical music therapy experience with children and adults with cancer, orthopedic rehabilitation, and neonatal intensive care. She operated a music therapy private practice in the Chicago suburbs for five years. She has completed advanced trainings in Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT), Level I Music Therapy Drumming, and Applied Suicide Interventions Skills Training (ASIST).

Mrs. Sevcik has college teaching experience including teaching an undergraduate course in career preparation during her graduate studies at NIU and as a teaching assistant during her doctoral studies at Iowa. Additionally, she served two years as the graduate research assistant to the Dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences while at NIU.

Mrs. Sevcik is a member of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) and the Illinois Association for Music Therapy (IAMT). She served as IAMT Public Relations Committee Co-Chair (2010-2011) and Student Coordinator (2012-2013). She has presented concurrent sessions and research posters at state, regional, and national conferences. Her research has been published in the Journal of Music Therapy.

Selected Publications:


Sevcik, E., Jones, J. D., & Myers, C. (2017). A descriptive analysis of the educational perceptions, professional identity, and professional practices of dual-trained music therapists as counselors Journal of Music Therapy, 54(3), 300-335.

Selected Conference Presentations:

Research Posters:

A Descriptive Study of the Educational Decisions and Professional Practices of Dual-trained Music Therapists as Counselors April 2015, Minneapolis, MN; Great Lakes Region of The American Music Therapy Association

Patient and Professional Perception of Music Therapy Efficacy on an Acute Inpatient Psychiatric Unit November 2009, San Diego, CA and March 2009, Bloomington, MN; American Music Therapy Association and Great Lakes Region of The American Music Therapy Association; Co-presented Research Poster with Ellen Rayfield

The Effects of Preferred Music on Enjoyment, Motivation, and Exertion During Individual Aerobic Exercise November 2007, Louisville, KY; American Music Therapy Association

Conference Presentations:

National Conferences:

Work/Life Balance: Cultivating Personal and Professional Growth November 2015, Kansas City, MO; American Music Therapy Association: Co-presented Concurrent Session with Allison Gunnink

Regional Conferences:

Hospice Patient Engagement in Music Therapy: A Marker of Decline March 2019, Cincinnati, OH; Great Lakes Region of The American Music Therapy Association Same "Population," Different Culture: Navigating Relocation When More Than Your Address Changed March 2018, Iowa City, IA; Midwestern Region of the American Music Therapy Association

Vision-Action Soundboard: Reflection of Identity and Goals Through Music and Images April 2015, Minneapolis, MN; Great Lakes Region of The American Music Therapy Association Differentiating Instructional Music Therapy from Adapted Lessons: Clearly Defining Music Therapy Practice March 2014, Rosemont, IL; Great Lakes Region of the American Music Therapy Association

State Conferences:

Cutting, Suicide, and Music, Oh My: Teens Share Their Inner Worlds Through Their Music November 2013, Skokie, IL; Illinois Counseling Association; Co-presented Concurrent Session with Dr. Charles Myers and Chunnan Hu