faculty name

Assistant Professor
Director, Cleveland Music Therapy Consortium
M.M.E., University of Kansas

Kara Caine

faculty nameAssistant Professor of Music Therapy
Director, Cleveland Music Therapy Consortium

M.M.E., Music Therapy, University of Kansas
B.M.E., B.M., Music Therapy, College of Wooster

Kara Caine is a board-certified music therapist and researcher who has co-authored several chapters on music therapy in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). She is an active presenter at regional, national and international conferences, including the World Congress of Music Therapy, the national conference of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA), and the Gravens Conference on the Environment of Care for High Risk Newborns.

Her research centers on the use of music and music interventions to support parent-infant attachment with a focus on fathers. Caine is an experienced clinician who has practiced music therapy and supervised student music therapists across settings for clients with a variety of needs, including infants and parents in the NICU, children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, young children from low-resource communities, older adults, adolescents and adults recovering from traumatic brain injuries, and children and adolescents in medical settings.

In addition, she is a music educator with experience teaching early childhood music and adaptive lessons. Caine received the Master of Music Education in Music Therapy degree from the University of Kansas and dual bachelor's degrees in music therapy and music education from the College of Wooster. She is currently completing her dissertation at the University of Kansas which examines infant responses to fathers’ live singing. Prior to Baldwin Wallace, Caine was a graduate teaching assistant and undergraduate research mentor at the University of Kansas.