life as a music therapist

Non Music Hobby Watch: Caving

Ever feel like you are swimming in Jell-O?

That’s how I felt all of last week! That weekend, my husband and a friend of ours drove to Tennessee to pick up a lot of old trash from a cave site and do some caving. Needless to say, coming back into Columbia at 2 AM seriously wrecked […]

By |February 21st, 2011|Blog|2 Comments

Hard Work and Harmony: the art of letting things happen

If you could put all of your parent’s teachings into one sentence, what would it be?

My dad’s was: Work hard for what you want and let nothing hold you back.

I always followed his advice, throwing myself into studies at school, finding a way to make things happen, and learning to be forward and assertive. However, […]

By |February 10th, 2011|Blog|11 Comments

Music Therapy: Not Just for the Client

At the beginning of the year, I posted a poll asking what you, my readers, wanted to see more of in this blog. I was excited to get responses from 25 of you! That’s a lot of people invested in my tiny little blog, and I firstly want to say thank you! Of the options […]

By |February 9th, 2011|Blog|0 Comments

4 Tips for Keeping Yourself Organized from a Very Unorganized Person

Something I have always struggled with is organizing myself when I have a lot of things to do. I like to do 5 different things at once and maybe finish 1. I need constant reminders of due dates, and to set alarms 3 days before. Managing myself has become even more of a burden/task/difficulty since […]

By |February 3rd, 2011|Blog|3 Comments

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

2010 in Review

New Year’s Eve is upon us in a short 53 hours! As I mentioned in my last post, I absolutely love this time of year. It holds so much promise and optimism for me.

I want to take this post to briefly review and reflect upon 2010. It’s been a pretty tumultuous year for me to say the least. It’s seen a lot of ups and downs and a whole lot of change, but I’m only going to share the highlights. If you want to know more, feel free to ask in comments! […]

By |December 29th, 2010|Blog|1 Comment

Confronting and Accomplishing Change

The New Year is a holiday that I really get the concept of. I’m a big fan of change: change for the better, change for the sake of change, even negative change as long as it doesn’t all happen at once. Change is even in my business name!  At the New Year, everyone is given […]

By |December 27th, 2010|Blog|2 Comments