February 14, 2019
Describe your career as a music therapist—education, populations served, etc.
I have worked with various populations over of the course of my career as a music therapist so far. During my internship, I worked at the pediatric oncology unit at Massachusetts General Hospital. While pursuing my Masters, I had the privilege of piloting a program with Rosie’s Place x Berklee to help homeless/at-risk individuals at a women’s shelter. Currently, I work at A Place To Be, a music therapy center in Middleburg, Virginia. My weekly schedule consists of 17 private clients, 2 inpatient psychiatric groups, one day on the stroke unit at a regional hospital, and two social groups. I had formerly toured with A Will To Survive – a production by A Place To Be that aims to raise suicide awareness in and around Loudoun County. This opportunity eventually led us to perform at the Kennedy Center.
What brought you to the field of music therapy or why did you decide to pursue music therapy as a profession?
I think most of us who pursue music therapy have an innate understanding of music’s curative properties. I was curious to see how far we could harness it’s healing powers. I have certainly not been disappointed so far.