50 Questions That Will Free Your Mind: #6
One of the tasks on my 101 in 1,001 list is to answer the 50 Questions That Will Free Your Mind. In this series, I answer the questions about myself. I would love to hear your answers to the questions as well, so please post your answers in the comments!
This question actually isn’t all that hard, mostly because in my current job, I really am paid mostly with “happiness.” I don’t make much money doing what I do as a music therapist. It is frustrating at times, but at least I enjoy it!
Music therapy is the perfect career choice for me, because it is the marriage between music and psychology. Music was always my “first love” and I get to use it in a million different ways to help all kinds of people. I use music to work on physical, social, cognitive, emotional, and wellness goals, and those are just to name a few.
There are so many things that music can do for a person. If you think about how effected you are by just listening to music, then you can imagine how much more can be done when your experience with music is guided by a board certified music therapist. It’s sad because a lot of people and companies don’t recognize the value of this, and we are constantly being under-minded by people who think they can do “music therapy” on their own, either for themselves or for someone else. Yes, music can be therapeutic on its own, but it can also be harmful if the person doesn’t know what she is doing. Music therapy is only really music therapy when it is facilitated by a board certified music therapist who is trained to use music to meet therapeutic goals and is educated in how to handle a variety of situations. For more information about music therapy, check out www.musictherapy.org.