So You Want to be a Music Therapist? Tips to fulfilling your dream!


In the past couple of weeks I have received many emails from students and professionals who are interested in entering the music therapy field. They have asked if I would be willing to answer questions and share any advice and experiences that might be helpful to them at the beginning of their music therapy journey!

I have really enjoyed speaking and meeting with these individuals. It's exciting to share my passion for the field and watch as it ignites passion in others.

If you are someone who is considering becoming a music therapist, but aren't too sure where to begin - here are 6 steps I have for you based on my personal experience.

1. READ & REFLECT


When I was first considering music therapy as a profession, I knew that I needed to get a better handle on exactly what music therapy is and how it works. I searched and ordered various books to help me do this. I most enjoyed reading Case Studies in Music Therapy as it helped me to grasp the wide diversity of client populations and approaches within music therapy.

Each time I became inspired by a new concept I had read about, I would write about it in a blog I had called Melodic Magic! Through writing, I was able to reflect on the content I was learning and identify areas that excited me. You can also do this simply by sharing what you are learning with a friend or family member or journaling, drawing, and of course reflecting through making music.

2. OBSERVE A MUSIC THERAPIST!


If you have done your initial reading and reflecting and are still super pumped about music therapy, it's time to move onto the next step - observing a music therapist in action. Reach out to local music therapists in your area who may be willing (upon consent from clients) to have you observe some of their sessions. If possible, observe more than one music therapist who each focus on different populations.

The very first time I observed a music therapist, I was in absolute awe and had no doubt in my mind that music therapy was a very effective and powerful way to reach the non-verbal clients the therapist was working with . I was also convinced that I wanted to make this my future career. Observing should help you solidify whether or not you feel this is the right career for you.

3. RESEARCH YOUR OPTIONS


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