Hometown: Madison, Wisconsin, USA

 

About You

I am from the United States where I did my undergraduate degree in Psychology, with a minor in Theatre Arts. I have played music throughout my entire life – I started lessons in primary school on cello, and have played an array of musical instruments including trumpet, tuba, percussion, but finally settling with guitar and vocals.  During my studies I was fortunate to do a study abroad program in Thailand where I was teaching music and drama to children in a small school in Northern Thailand. I moved to New York City straight after completing my degree and worked as a full-time nanny for two different families.  It was there in NYC where I was exposed to many different musical experiences – live shows and performing as well. I have always known that I wanted to find a helping career – and the use of music as a therapy seemed like the perfect fit for me, combining two of my greatest passions - helping others and music. I feel so fortunate to be here in Scotland. I chose to come to QMU in Edinburgh because I have been traveling back and forth to the UK for the past three years to spend time with my partner It was the perfect choice for me to be closer to him and still be near a major city – I need the arts and culture in my life! It’s all about balance!

The Course

I hoped that the course would give me hands-on real life experience in different clinical settings, as well as the ability to network with other professionals in the music therapy field. I also hoped that it would give me an international perspective.  I wanted it to challenge me in new ways – personally and academically. I have found that it is doing just that – I love the independent nature of the course. There are required readings but a lot of the course load seems to be made up by what you are interested in and what population your clinical placement is with. I am finding the workload to be completely manageable, and very inspiring! I do feel as though there is never enough time to read everything that you want to read. I do realise that this will be a life-long love affair with learning! I have received two scholarships that I am entirely grateful for from the Saltire Scholarship Foundation and the Music Therapy Charity that has allowed me to focus on my studies without having to work while in school. I do think that this programme will equip me with the skills and knowledge to develop my career – I am only three months into the course and am already starting to make connections between the literature and things I am seeing in the real world. I have found a new sense of identity within the study of the profession!

 

"I do think that this program will equip me with the skills and knowledge to develop my career – I am only three months into the course and am already starting to make connections between the literature and things I am seeing in the real world. I have found a new sense of identity within the study of the profession!"

Life After Graduation

I am not 100% sure what the future holds for me at this point, but can almost guarantee I will be practicing somewhere in the UK for the next several years. I am really drawn to the advocacy of the profession and conducting research. I would like to work with children, but who knows what will change over the next two years! And that is the beauty of the profession as I see it – there are just so many ways you can reach people with music, so many populations that can benefit and be transformed by the power of music by those of us whom know (and will know) how to use it as a therapeutic tool.  I will continue to learn with an open and eager mind and anticipate many new ideas and beliefs to occur!

 

Story published 2016-2017

 

Music Therapy

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