James Hiller

Lecturer
Full-Time Faculty
College of Arts and Sciences: Music

  • Location: CPC 446
  • Phone: 937-229-3985

Direct Email

jhiller1@udayton.edu

Profile

Jim Hiller's many years of experience as a music therapy clinician, teacher, and solo performer are the grounding elements of his teaching, workshops, and presentations. Jim's clinical experience includes extensive work in child, adolescent, adult, and geriatric psychiatry; brain trauma and neurological disorders, developmental disabilities, and oncology. His clinical work tends toward "active" music therapy methods and his area of expertise is with clinical improvisation based models of music therapy.

Jim has taught in the music therapy programs of Temple University, the College of Mount St. Joseph, and Ohio University. His professional presentations include such topics as improvisational music therapy assessment and treatment, neurologic music therapy, music and the therapeutic relationship, community based music therapy programming, and marketing of music therapy programs.

Jim continues to perform as a guitarist/singer in the Columbus and Dayton, Ohio areas presenting popular song styles in swing/jazz/tin pan alley and light rock genres.

Faculty Perspective

I believe deeply in the power of music experiences as catalysts for change, learning, healing, and enhancing human development. I believe that within the music therapy process the greatest potential for therapeutic growth and healing exists when the music (provided or produced either by the therapist or by the therapist and client together) is of the highest possible quality. I further believe that the more deeply a music therapist understands the myriad of ways that music affects her/him personally, the more sensitively and effectively they are able to provide therapeutic music experiences for their clients. As such, I believe an essential part of each music therapy student's development is in nurturing a deep personal relationship with music in his or her own life.

Degrees

  • M.M.T., Temple University

Research Interests

  • Musical improvisations of self-concept
  • Clinical improvisation
  • Influence of music on client-therapist relationships
  • Music and medicine

Selected Publications

Unpublished Master's Thesis: "Musical Improvisation of Self-Concept; Eight Case Studies," Temple University, 1994.

Hiller, J. (Sept.-Oct. 2000). "Information, rights, and responsibilities: Factors in successful music mainstreaming." Triad, official publication of the Ohio Music Education Association.

Hiller, J. (2000). Book review. Taylor, D.B. (1997). Biomedical foundations of music as therapy. St. Louis, MO: MMB Music, Inc. Music Therapy Perspectives, 18, (2), 144-146.