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 38 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.  

Mary Makulinski, MT-BC
Music Therapy Coordinator
Music Therapist

Mary graduated from the University of Dayton with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Therapy.  While at UD, Mary studied euphonium, which was her primary instrument.  In April of 2017, Mary completed her clinical internship at The Center for Discovery in Harris, New York, where she primarily worked with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and multiple disabilities.  When she is not working, Mary enjoys weight lifting, painting, and spending time with her family.

Tara Murdock, MT-BC
Music Class Coordinator
Music Therapist

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!

Sara Williams, MT-BC
Music Therapist

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.

Juaneyne Register, MT-BC
Music Therapist

Juaneyne earned her Bachelor of Music Therapy from Eastern Michigan University in which her primary instrument was voice. In 2012, Juaneyne completed her clinical internship at Lincoln Park Public Schools which is located in the Metro Detroit Area. There she was able to work with a diverse population of students of all ages and diagnoses. After completing her clinical internship and receiving her board certification, Juaneyne accepted a contractual music therapy position in Metro Detroit, working with children and adults with developmental disabilities and autism. Juaneyne is a Cleveland native and she is excited to serve the Greater Cleveland area! When she is not working, Juaneyne loves to go to the gym, shop, cook and read.

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.

Barbara Bownds
Music Instructor
(Piano)

Barbara moved to Westlake, Ohio from the Houston, Texas area. She holds an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Music (Piano Emphasis) from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. She attained a masters degree in Education from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. Barbara worked as a regular education classroom teacher for many years, receiving the “Elementary Teacher of the Year” award in 2000. Over the last twelve years she gained a passion for children’s music while teaching elementary classroom music in the public schools, where she became a member of TMEA and received Orff music instruction from the University of Houston. Upon retirement, she taught private piano lessons while continuing to teach sixteen classes of fourth grade classroom music a week. Barbara loves to spend time talking with friends and family, walking and bicycling to explore nature, reading, and playing with her grandchildren, Kaleb, Kameron and Khloe.

Jake Briggs
Music Instructor
(Piano, Classical Guitar, Ukulele, Banjo, 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.

James Chance
Music Instructor
(Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Electric Bass, Piano)

James Chance is a freelance musician with guitar as his primary instrument. He has studied guitar under the instruction of Michael Bay (Guitar Conservatory) and music theory/composition with Dr. Gerald Evans (LCCC).  While being a resident guitarist for local churches, and performing music for wedding ceremonies, funerals, music venues and local clubs, James has also given music instruction on guitar (acoustic and electric), piano, and bass guitar since 2006.  He enjoys finding great restaurants, reading, and playing with his dog, Johnny Lang.

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)

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!

26121 Center Ridge Road, Westlake, Ohio 44145          phone 440.250.0091          fax 440.250.0089