This past fall, I attended a conference in which the speaker shared that she chooses and focuses on one word for each year. This caught my attention, especially since I had heard about this idea from a former internship supervisor. I was excited to hear about this concept from various areas of my life and knew I wanted to choose a word for myself for the upcoming year. After some time, thought and consideration, my word was revealed to me—…

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From Student’s Bench to Teacher’s Chair When I was younger and my piano teacher wanted to trade seats so that she could demonstrate a musical concept for me, I always thought that this was a big deal. I would get to sit in the “teacher’s chair” while she sat on the piano bench. Although, our roles did not change, there was a sense of honor and pride to get to sit in her spot– even if only for a couple…

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I love writing lists of all kinds! Shopping, to-do, music practice, dreams, and reading lists are just a few of the many lists that I make. They help me to keep my goals in mind and to stay on track. As an intern, I started 3 main lists that I kept easily accessible….  “Music Therapy Song Bank” As music therapists— especially as student and new therapists, we are always looking for new and appropriate songs to meet various goals. Near…

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More than once, I have been asked what a “typical” day looks like for a music therapist. But, before we begin, I have a little secret to share…. There is no such thing as a “typical” day for a music therapist… ever.  Many therapists work with various populations and in multiple settings. Therefore, a therapist’s week to week and day to day can look vastly different. One morning, they might be serving adults in the hospital setting. Later that afternoon,…

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My Musical Journey Last, but definitely not least, my third goal for A Suite Sound is to share my personal journey as a musician and music therapist. My hope is for you to be encouraged and inspired by the stories and experiences I share. As Maria sings in The Sound of Music, “Let’s start at the very beginning, A very good place to start” (Hammerstein II, 1959).    I began taking private piano lessons at age 4. I enjoyed my lessons,…

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{TEN} Music Theory “Survival Tips” As part of completing Music Theory Level IV, my classmates and I were asked by our professor to each write a letter to incoming music students on “survival tips” for music theory courses. Because my second goal for A Suite Sound is to encourage and support my fellow musicians– including music students, I thought it would be a good idea to share my ideas here in hopes that music theory students of all levels might…

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What is music therapy?

What is music therapy? While completing some research, I came across the following quote…. “One of the biggest problems when I hire a young music therapist right out of school… [is that] they’re not sharing why they’re doing [music therapy]. It’s like…’I don’t even understand what the therapist is doing with the client and it seems like a waste of time.’ Then I observe and I’m like, ‘No it’s actually spot on.’ But it’s like they’re not communicating” (Smith, 2018).…

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