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Courtney Belt

Senior Lecturer, Music Therapy

Full-Time Faculty

College of Arts and Sciences: Music


Email: Courtney Belt
Phone: 937-229-3980


  • She/Her


  • Ph.D., Educational Leadership, University of Dayton
  • M.A., Music Therapy, St. Mary-of-the-Woods College
  • B.M., Music Therapy, University of Dayton


Courtney Belt (she/her) is a board certified music therapist who earned degrees from the University of Dayton (B.M. and Ph.D.) and St. Mary-of-the-Woods College (M.A.). She completed her music therapy internship at Park Nicollet in Minneapolis, Minn., in a variety of settings including hospice, oncology, a Parkinson’s center and an eating disorder institute. Prior to teaching, Dr. Belt spent time in Indiana and North Carolina as a music therapy clinician in mental/behavioral health, eldercare and intellectual and developmental disability (I/DD) populations. During this time, she also supervised music therapy practica students and music therapy interns. Along with full-time teaching and supervising, Dr. Belt is a frequent presenter at the local, state and regional levels and maintains an active scholarly agenda.

Faculty perspective

"As an alum, it is so wonderful to call UD home again in the program that helped shape me into the music therapist I am today. I believe the focus on musicking at the core of our work, the numerous and varied pre-clinical training opportunities, and the ability for each student to develop their individual perspective of music therapy are highlights of this program. Our faculty are with students every step of the way and truly want to support each student in their unique growth and journey toward board certification. As an instructor, I value the ability to integrate critical pedagogies into my classrooms by accepting students as they are and honoring students’ experiences and knowledge, I recognize we all are learners and teachers in the classroom. I make space for students to assist in designing syllabi, adjust content delivery based on individual learning styles, and include experiential learning in all courses. I value students taking ownership of their learning so they can find internal motivation to be the best music therapist they can be."

Professional activities

  • American Music Therapy Association
  • Association of Ohio Music Therapists
  • Sigma Alpha Iota, International Music Fraternity

Research interests

  • Music therapy education and training
  • Faculty and student experiences

Courses taught

  • MUS 202 - Professional Development Workshop
  • MUS 125 - Introduction to Music Therapy
  • MUS 244 Functional Music Therapy Skills
  • MUS 246 Music Therapy Treatment Processes
  • MUS 271 Music Therapy Methods I: Recreative
  • MUS 273 Music Therapy Practicum I
  • MUS 371 Music Therapy Methods II: Improvisation
  • MUS 372 Music Therapy Practicum II
  • MUS 373 Music Therapy Practicum III
  • MUS 375 Research in Music Therapy
  • MUS 472 Music Therapy Practicum IV
  • MUS 473 Music Therapy Practicum V
  • MUS 487 Music Therapy Design and Facilitation Lab
  • MUS 489 Music Therapy Internship


Belt, C. (2023). Music therapy faculty perspectives on grading processes for undergraduate practica (Publication No. 7194) [Doctoral dissertation, University of Dayton]. University of Dayton eCommons.

Belt, C. (2023). Undergraduate music therapy students’ perspectives on curricular self-experiences. Music Therapy Perspectives,

Potvin, N., Belt, C., & Moore, C. (2021). New music therapy faculty and the pursuit of fulfillment, success, and identity: A collective autoethnography. The Arts in Psychotherapy, 74, DOI: 10.1016/j.aip.2021.101781

Hiller, J., Belt, C., Gardstrom, S. C., & Willenbrink-Conte, J. (2020). Safeguarding curricular self-experiences in undergraduate music therapy education and training. Music Therapy Perspectives, 39(1), 86-94,

Belt, C. (2015). A self-care handbook for undergraduate music therapy students [Master’s thesis, St. Mary-of-the-Woods College]. Woods Scholars.