Nathan Mensah, MA, MT-BC is a Music Therapist II at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center who serves many patients and families, and an Adjunct instructor for the Music & Theatre Department at St. Mary-of-the-Woods College. He has performed in numerous musical ensembles on different instruments, including jazz and ska bands on trumpet, singing in musicals and opera, playing piano for the worship team at his church, and more. Through composing, teaching, choir directing, musical mentorship and collaboration from Emmy-nominated Ethnomusicologist Dr. Tyron Cooper, and writing his thesis, Nate has obtained a wide variety of experiences engaging with multiple genres of music. At St. Mary-of-the-Woods College he teaches a course tracing American music from one hundred years ago to the present. His strong passion for music genre authenticity informs his clinical work, music-centered approach, and this course.