Updated: Feb 6, 2020
Hello internet! If you have mistakenly come here in hopes of taking an actual class called Music Therapy 101 then I'm just gonna have to stop you right there. That is not what this is.
My name is Carolyn and I am just about to start studying my masters of Music Therapy. I wanted to start this blog as a way of sharing with the world what music therapy actually is and how it can be applicable in our lives. Ever since I began thinking about applying to study music therapy, I've had so many questions about what exactly music therapy is and how it works. I've been able to answer these questions to an extent, but not to the specifics that I would've like to.
So, I thought I'd create a space on the internet where I can share more about music therapy as I learn, and hopefully help more and more people understand the way it works and the positive effects it can have.
But firstly, a small caveat - I am not an expert. I am just a student and this blog is in no way an official, peer-reviewed documentation of music therapy. It's just a personal blog about my experience studying. I'm sure that I won't always get everything right, but I think that's just part of learning. But my hope is that my bumbling attempt to explain this complex and exciting field will help you understand it and hopefully see the applications of it in your life, or the lives of people around you. Whilst this blog is just my thoughts and experiences, I will try to include as many links to helpful resources as I can, so that you can check them out if you want a more in-depth understanding. For now, here is a definition of music therapy from the experts themselves:
" Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program. "
This quote is taken from the Australia Music Therapy Association's website, which you can find here. Go check it out their website to see all the amazing things that music therapists across the country are achieving and hopefully you will be as inspired as I was!
So that's all I'll say for now, as I just wanted to introduce myself and my intentions in this first post but when I start studying in February I'll begin posting more, so stay tuned! Please share this blog around with anyone that you think might be interested in learning more about music therapy, I'd really appreciate it. Also, please feel free to leave a comment below if you have questions (I may or may not be able to answer them at this point, but I'll give it a go!), I'd love to hear from you!
Until next time,