Melissa Reed


Melissa Reed is an Associate Clinical Professor in Music Therapy at Nazareth University and the manager of the on-campus Lipson Music Therapy Clinic. Reed also serves as the on- and off-campus clinical coordinator. She has worked at Nazareth University since 2007, starting as adjunct faculty in music education and becoming a full time faculty member in music therapy in 2016. Melissa is currently the advisor for AMTAS-Naz. In 2021 Melissa co-founded the The InterProfessional Animal-assisted Wellness (IPAW) Collaborative. Melissa and her dog Rosie are a registered pet therapy team with Pet Partners.

Prior to becoming a member of the Nazareth University faculty, Melissa spent 15 years working as a board-certified music therapist and music teacher in the Rochester area. Melissa has worked extensively with children with diverse needs in the music therapy and music education settings and is a sought after clinician on this topic. She has presented for music professionals on the national, regional, and state level.

Melissa Reed received a Master of Science in Education and a Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy and Music Education from Nazareth University. In 2010, Melissa was awarded the Outstanding Music Educator Award in the field of Classroom Music by the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.  

School of Music Responsibilities

  • Music Therapy
  • Manager of the Lipson Music Therapy Clinic


  • Nazareth University, M.S.Ed. 
  • Nazareth University, B.M.