Portrait of Carol Shively Mizes

Lecturer in Music Therapy
B.M., Cleveland State University

Carol Shively Mizes

Portrait of Carol Shively MizesLecturer in Music Therapy

B.M., Cleveland State University – Cleveland Music Therapy Consortium

Carol Shively Mizes is a board-certified music therapist and has been a clinician since 1982, creating several music therapy programs in health care facilities across Northeast Ohio. She has trained and mentored numerous students; practicum and interns over many years. 

One of her specialties is to help musicians, at any level of expertise, to recover from physical or brain trauma and once again play their instrument or sing. Her book "The Musician’s Brain – Does It Recover from Trauma Better Than Others?" (2017), describes her experience with several musicians’ stories of brain trauma recovery. 

In 2004, Shively Mizes designed the first music therapy program for The MetroHealth System of Cleveland, hospital-based, Rehabilitation Department, treating people with brain injuries, strokes and spinal cord injuries. In 2005, she completed her specialty training in Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT) from the Academy of Neurologic Music Therapy at the Colorado State University – Biomedical Research Center. In 2009 and again in 2017, she received her advanced training at the Fellowship level of (NMT). In 2014, Shively Mizes expanded music therapy services to the six adult intensive care units at The MetroHealth System, Level I Trauma Center.

Shively Mizes spent more than 20 years in the field of long-term care, including nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities and retirement communities. She became a leader in the field of Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia providing presentations to the Joint Conference of Creative Arts Therapies, New York, NY, (1985) and to the combined (Great Lakes and Midwest) Music Therapy Regional Conference, Minneapolis, MN (1986). Shively Mizes co-authored an article, "Music and Movement in the Treatment of Alzheimer’s Victims," (1986). Along with her co-author, they were the recipients of the first Innovation of the Year Award provided by the Association of Ohio Philanthropic Homes for the Aging (1985) for their work with the elderly.

She has also provided numerous professional presentations to organizations such as: The State Brain Injury Association of Ohio, The Cuyahoga Conference on Aging, The Association of Ohio Music Therapists, MetroHealth’s Geriatric Nursing, The Ohio Music Education Association, The MetroHealth Rehabilitation Institute of Ohio, The Cleveland Annual Nursing Conference and many more.

During her collegiate years, Shively Mizes sang with Paul Anka during his tour in Ohio as well as with the New York Metropolitan Opera Company when they toured in Cleveland, Ohio.