ABOUT Music Therapy Enrichment Center, Inc.

Music Therapy Enrichment Center, Inc. (MTEC) was founded in 2001 by Co-Directors, Jaime L. Alspach and Alane J. Krumbine.  Our Co-Directors bring a combined 42 years of experience in music therapy with a large variety of ages and populations. They have presented at state, regional and national conferences within their professional organizations, as well as various professional societies in the area working with children and adults with disabilities.

 

We provide the highest quality services, making music accessible to people of all ages and abilities. Our qualified professionals focus on building relationships with each individual and organization we serve. MTEC…Bringing Music to Life!

Jaime L. Alspach, MT-BC
Co-Director

After growing up in North Olmsted, Ohio, Jaime received her Bachelor of Music degree in Music Therapy, from Ohio University. There she studied flute and piano. Her clinical internship was completed at Capital District Beginnings in Troy, New York where she worked with preschool and school-aged children with a variety of diagnoses in homes and schools. Jaime’s primary responsibilities with MTEC include business accounting,  overseeing client and employee paperwork, and class registration and management. Jaime is married and has two active children, Ashley and Matthew. She is an avid reader and enjoys camping, volunteering, loving on her husky, Chester, and spending time with family and friends.

Alane J. Krumbine, MT-BC
Co-Director

Before co-founding MTEC, this Chicago area native moved to Athens, Ohio to enroll in the music therapy program at Ohio University. It was there, with horn as her primary instrument, that she completed her Bachelor of Music degree in Music Therapy. Alane’s clinical internship took place at SDTC: The Center for Discovery in Harris, New York. There she worked with children and adults with multiple disabilities. Alane’s primary responsibilities include overseeing caseloads of all staff, assessing new clients, marketing and public relations. She is married and has two wonderful daughters, Anya and Keira. When she is not working, Alane reconnects through friends, running and traveling.

Maggie McAllister, MT-BC
Music Lesson Coordinator
Music Therapist

Maggie graduated from The College of Wooster with a Bachelor of Music Education in Music Therapy. She completed her internship at the Positive Education Program in Northeast Ohio, where she worked with students in grades K-12 with mental health and special education needs. After her internship, Maggie was employed with MTEC for 1 year before a short-term move to Cincinnati where she worked as a preschool teacher. Now back in the area with her husband, she is excited to be at MTEC again using music to help others. When she is not working, Maggie enjoys yoga, reading books, watching movies, and spending time outdoors.  

Tara Murdock, MT-BC
Music Class Coordinator
Music Therapist
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Tara graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor of Music Therapy degree.  She completed her internship at The Pioneer Center in Chillicothe, Ohio, where she worked with children and adults with developmental disabilities, ages 0-21.  She is from Canton, Ohio, and in her spare time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, going to baseball games, watching movies and cooking.  Music has always been a part of her life and she is eager to continue using what she loves to help others!

Jessica Wallner, MT-BC
Music Therapy Coordinator
Music Therapist

Jessica graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Therapy.  She completed her internship at New Avenues to Independence, a non-profit organization in Cleveland, where she worked with adults with developmental disabilities.  After her internship, Jessica was employed with MTEC for a year and a half before moving to Germany.  While in Germany, she taught English as well as piano and worked for a company that offered creative arts classes for international families.  She is very excited to be a part of MTEC again!  When she is not working, Jessica enjoys cooking, playing video and board games, and spending time with her husband, cat, and dog. 

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Sara Williams, MT-BC
Music Therapist
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Sara graduated from Cleveland State University with a Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy, where she studied cello as her primary instrument. In July of 2019, Sara completed her internship with the MetroHealth System in Cleveland, Ohio. Working with diverse patient populations in a medical setting, she primarily treated inpatient rehabilitation patients recovering from spinal cord injuries, strokes, or traumatic brain injuries, as well as older adults in a skilled nursing facility. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her cat, running, making jewelry, and being outdoors.

Emily Richmond, MT-BC
Music Therapist

Emily completed her Bachelors of Music in Music Therapy at the University of Miami and her Master of Arts in Music Therapy at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College.  After completing her internship at University Hospitals of Cleveland, Emily worked at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital in Cleveland for 10 years, with a primary focus on the use of music therapy to facilitate coping skills in pediatric oncology patients.  She and her husband Eric reside in Rocky River with their two young children, Charlie and Margaret. In her free time she enjoys traveling, quilting, and spending time with friends.

Jake Briggs
Music Instructor
(Piano, Classical Guitar, Electric Guitar, Ukulele, Banjo, Organ, Voice, Composition)

Jake Briggs is a graduate of The College of Wooster with a Bachelor of Music in Theory and Composition. While Jake's primary instrument is piano, he also plays the guitar and organ professionally. He has also performed on banjo, ukulele, accordion, harpsichord, and harmonica. Jake has experience playing for local churches, non-profits, country clubs, restaurants, weddings, and DJing in addition to teaching piano, guitar, bass, ukulele, banjo, and pipe organ. He also continues composing and has self-published many works including a Nocturne, the Montavino Rag, and Lucky Man, his first CD. For more of Jake's music please visit his YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/brakejiggs). Outside of his time teaching at MTEC, Jake currently directs music for Westlake Christian Church.

Erin Rousseau
Music Instructor
(Voice, Piano, Guitar, Ukulele, Pre-Music)

Erin earned her Bachelor of Music Therapy from Eastern Michigan University, where her primary instrument was voice.  She did her clinical internship at Lincoln Park Public Schools in Lincoln Park, Michigan.  After her internship she was employed by MTEC for 4 years before moving to Virginia. While in Virginia, she taught piano, voice and ukulele.  Recently moving back to the Northeast Ohio area with her husband and two young boys, Erin is excited to be back and teaching at MTEC.  In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and performing.  

Nina Vanek
Music Instructor
(Pre-Music, Beginner Piano, Voice)
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Born and raised in a little village in Germany, Nina is a musician, performer, entrepreneur, and teacher. She studied musical theater in Bochum, Germany in 2004 and has since been involved in many different projects such as musicals, bands, studio work, songwriting, acting, and wedding performances.  She moved to Cleveland in 2012 and has taught private voice lessons since.  In 2018 she founded a production company called Vanek, Inc. to create and license music for TV and film. Nina is a bilingual married mom of two little German-Americans and two Border Collies, and finds inspiration in concerts, singing, playing instruments, spending time with family, friends and pups, the great outdoors, yoga, traveling, performing, creative writing, listening to records, cultures, people, feng shui, crafts, and more!

Kennedy Ellis
Music Instructor
(Piano, Voice, Pre-Music)
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Kennedy is a recent graduate of Cleveland State University with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education. Her love for music began when she started piano lessons at age 6 and grew exponentially when she began voice lessons at age 15. She has had the privilege of teaching elementary general music, directing beginning level musical theater, and conducting several choirs throughout the Cleveland area. Outside of her world of music, Kennedy enjoys hot yoga, coffee, reading books, and spending time with her family.  

Mike Barna
Music Instructor
(Guitar, Electric Guitar, Bass Guitar, Ukulele)
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Guitarist and composer Mike Barna received his Bachelor of Music from Berklee College of Music and his Master of Music from Cleveland State University.  With over twenty years of teaching experience he teaches students of all ages in styles including rock, pop, blues, jazz, classical, traditional and folk as well as composition, songwriting and improvisation.  His teaching emphasizes the importance of music fundamentals including knowledge of notes (scales and chords), rhythm, reading, theory and ear training in addition to technique.  At the same time, an individual approach is taken to meet the interests and needs of each student.  He has recorded and performed with various groups in genres including acoustic, rock, jazz-fusion, and avant-garde/experimental music, and is perpetually composing and recording new music.

David Debick
Music Instructor
(Piano)
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David Debick has served as director of music at Brecksville United Church of Christ since 2002, where he directs an adult choir, a children's choir, a soprano recorder/dulcimer/guitar ensemble, and a youth percussion group. Other church music director positions have included South Haven UCC, Calvary United Methodist Church of Lakewood, and St. Peter Church. Dave directed the Wildwood Singers for the City of Mentor for ten years, where he also taught piano and voice. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in philosophy at Borromeo College of Ohio in 1980. Over the years he has studied organ with Adeline Huss, Rev. Timothy O’Connor, Richard Jordan, and Ivan Licht. He studied piano for nine years with William Appling at Western Reserve Academy and the Cleveland Institute of Music. Dave sang with the North Coast Men’s Chorus from 2002-2007, and as a chorister at Trinity Cathedral from 1991-1993. In his spare time, Dave enjoys nature, hiking, cinema, musical theater, and following current affairs.