As I move to the finish line of my internship, I am blessed to have this opportunity to reflect on my experiences as an intern. Over the past year, I’ve learned a lot about the field of music therapy, private practice, various clientele, and myself. Although I am grateful to be taking along with me the MANY memories and feedback from my supervisors and families, there are three things I want to share that shaped my internship journey.
- Be in the Moment- Time doesn’t stop, but it does seem to slow down during many special moments. Being fully present during these meaningful experiences can not only make a bigger impact on not only my clients but myself. Take advantage of each unique musical interaction.
- “Nobody’s Perfect”- 7 year old Bri would never believe that the title of a Hannah Montana song has been the motto of her journey from student to professional. Yes, the music is an important part of our practice, BUT many clients will remember a special connection being made over missing a note on the piano. Having the pressure of being “perfect” takes away from being in the moment. Know your music, but don’t dwell on minor mistakes.
- “Find what makes your heart sing and create your own music” – This quote from Mac Anderson has become my go to description for my work. Every client, therapist, and song are different. The versatility, positive connections, and creation of individualized music gives “going to work” a new meaning.
Internship has increased my confidence and reassured me that music therapy is my purpose. I hope you enjoyed following my journey, and I would love to hear your stories and experiences below.