Preparing to be a Professional

Preparing to be a Professional: Words from the Professionals

As a final wrap up to our Preparing to be a Professional series, I want to share with you some of the things that real live professional music therapists wish they had known when they started out. It sparked a really great conversation on twitter. Rachelle Norman from Sound Scape Music Therapy really cranked them […]

By |February 1st, 2011|Preparing to be a Professional|3 Comments

Preparing to be a Professional: First Job

Congratulations! You’ve made it through your music therapy internship. Hopefully you kept your head down, performed well, didn’t get involved in any company drama , and got your passing grade and now have a diploma. If things are working in your favor, you might even have a job lined up!

My first job as a music […]

By |January 27th, 2011|Preparing to be a Professional|0 Comments

Preparing to be a Professional: Egos and where to put them

Last week we had a wonderful discussion going on in the comments section about ways to cope with and plan for transitioning from a student to a professional. Thank you to everyone who commented!

This week’s topic is the ego.

In school, you’ve hopefully taken advantage of the opportunities to succeed. Perhaps you have become a leader […]

By |January 17th, 2011|Preparing to be a Professional|1 Comment

Preparing to be a Professional: things to do as a student

Life is full of transitions.

As a young music therapist, I’ve dealt with some pretty big ones in the past 3 years. The nature of our degree is that within a year, two major changes happen. We go from student to intern, and then intern to professional. Navigating those changes can be difficult by themselves, but they are often coupled with weddings, big moves, and more often than not, financial difficulties.

The next 5 weeks will offer some insight into the transitions as well as some helpful tools of survival as you move from student to professional. If you’ve already made the transition, feel free to comment with your own thoughts and reflections!


By |January 10th, 2011|Preparing to be a Professional|5 Comments