Meet Our Graduate Students

  • Katelyn Beebe

    Katelyn Beebe is a graduate student in the combined Equivalency and Master of Music Therapy program. She recently graduated from Western Carolina University with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance-Horn. While at WCU, she led students in the formation of the first collegiate United Sound program, which provided students with disabilities the opportunity to learn instruments and perform with existing ensembles. This experience helped push Katelyn towards a career in Music Therapy, where she...
  • Sarah Brantley

    Sarah Brantley

    Sarah Brantley is a graduate student in the Equivalency and Masters of Music Therapy program, and hails from Clinton, MS.  She is a recent graduate of Mississippi College with a Bachelor’s degree in Music (Voice) and a minor in psychology. Sarah has volunteered for almost ten years with special needs adolescents and adults, and she worked as programming and service staff at a children’s summer camp for the past three summers. These experiences were a motivating factor in her desire to...
  • Laurelle Cartwright

    Laurelle Cartwright is a dual master’s student in Music Therapy Equivalency/Masters and Special Education, Learning Disabilities. She acquired her bachelor’s degree in Music Education from The College of The Bahamas in Nassau, Bahamas. There, she was awarded the Bachelor of Secondary Music Education Leadership Award. Laurelle has been a music teacher for five years where she has taught at the primary and junior high levels.
  • Jon Cheney

    Jon Cheney is a private music instructor, composer and performer from Fayetteville, North Carolina. After completing a BA from Campbell University with a double major in music composition and acting, Jon spent the years from 2013-2018 teaching private lessons in piano, guitar, voice, drum set, and mandolin at the Cary School of Music in Cary, North Carolina. In addition to his teaching schedule, Jon has served as guitarist, singer, and composer/arranger for East Coast Entertainment artist...
  • Caitlin Collin

    Caitlin Collin is pursuing her Equivalency and Master’s Degree in Music Therapy. She currently serves as the Music Education Graduate Assistant at the Hayes School of Music. Originally from Stuart, Florida, Caitlin earned a Bachelor of Music Education and Certificate in Special Music Education from The Florida State University in 2011. While there, she was a member of the Sekka Gong Hanuman Agung Balinese Gamelan Ensemble, Cantores Musiquae Antiquae, and the Music-Play Project. Following her...
  • Joe Conti

    Joe Conti is thrilled to be pursuing a Master of Music Performance degree with a concentration in Wind Conducting, where he will also serve as graduate assistant of bands. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from Keene State College in Keene, NH where he studied trumpet performance. As an undergraduate, he performed with the Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, Orchestra, Brass Ensemble, Brass Quintet, Chamber Singers, and Concert Choir, and has conducted the Concert Band and Concert Choir. Joe...
  • Clayton Cooke

    Clayton Cooke is a board-certified music therapist from Stedman, NC pursuing a master’s in Music Therapy. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy and Music Performance, saxophone from East Carolina University and completed his clinical internship in music therapy at Trident Medical Center and Palmetto Music Therapy, LLC in Charleston, SC. Clayton is experienced in healthcare settings ranging from Neonatal Intensive Care to Assisted Living and Specialized Memory...
  • Caroline Farmer

    Caroline Farmer is a graduate assistant pursuing a Master’s in Violin Performance and is a member of the Hayes Graduate String Ensemble. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville with a double major in Violin Performance and Music Education with a minor in Music Theory. Caroline has been playing violin for almost 15 years and has spent her summers as a camp counselor at Cannon Music Camp here in Boone. In addition to performing, Caroline also enjoys...
  • Kelsey Fields

    Kelsey Fields is a board-certified music therapist pursuing dual degrees in Music Therapy and Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Kelsey graduated from University of Evansville in Indiana with a bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy and a minor in psychology. During her undergraduate studies, Kelsey was a participant and later an intern with the Jamaica Field Service Project, a service learning trip which provides a variety of practicum experiences, in-depth musical instruction and cultural...
  • Jake Keller

    Jacob (Jake) Keller is a board-certified music therapist who is currently a graduate student pursuing a Master of Music Therapy degree.  Jake completed the equivalency in music therapy at Appalachian State University in 2017 and received his Bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy. In addition, he graduated from Gardner Webb University in 2013 with his Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance-Guitar. Other interests include being involved in church and on-campus ministries, hiking, guitar...