1.Why did you choose Music Therapy?
Music Therapy is a discipline in which a credentialed Music Therapist (MTA) uses music purposefully within a therapeutic relationship to support development and well-being. Music can a have such a powerful effect on one’s life – some say music speaks when words cannot and as a music therapist, I truly believe this. I chose to become a music therapist because I see the amazing potential in using music to help with communication, emotional, physical and social domains. Music therapy focuses not only on listening to music, but rather making music together, writing songs, and improvising in relationship to work towards goals!
- What do you like most about music as a therapy?
My favourite part about working as a music therapist is working with clients to achieve personal goals. It may be surprising to some that making music can have lasting effects not only on the “musical” self, but also on communication, self-esteem, reduction of anxiety, motor skills and so much more. I love working with clients to determine together what their goals in music therapy would be, then creating session plans that uniquely and creatively work on these goals. My ultimate goal as a music therapist is to support clients in their journey to empowerment, regardless of age, ability, or social status. I love that in my job, I share with clients the full spectrum of emotions: sadness, frustration, joy, excitement and pride.
- What would be you advice to parents in regards to your therapy?
My main advice for parents is to make sure you are working with a credentialed music therapist (MTA). MTA’s complete a minimum of 4 years university, complete a 1200 hour internship, and must pass a board certification exam. We are incredibly qualified to do what we do, work ethically and professionally, and have the ability to speak to other therapists/disciplines/schools to make sure your child is receiving a holistic and well informed spectrum of care. Music therapists are specialized – we are not music teachers – and have the compassion and knowledge to work with any child, regardless of diagnosis. My last advice would be to reach out to a music therapist if you are interested in this type of therapy – we are all passionate about what we do and happy to chat and guide you through the process!