At least three or four times every week I am asked a series of questions about music therapy. Common questions include but are not limited to…
- What is music therapy?
- What do you do?
- What kind of music is therapeutic?
- Who do you work with?
- What is your degree in?
- Where do you work?
- Do you just play for people?
- AND SO MANY MORE!
These may seem like simple questions, but they imply that there is still a lot of educating to be done regarding music therapy. I know for a fact that I am not the only MT answering these questions on a regular basis. Now, I don’t want you to get the wrong impression, I LOVE answering these questions. It mean people are curious and want to know more, but it also means my job as an educator is never finished!
Music therapists not only answer these questions for individuals, they also present at conferences, talk to their communities, create programs, and teach each other! As a profession, music therapy is growing and changing in so many ways! It is not only our job to help educate other but to also educate ourselves on new technologies, techniques, approaches, research, and therapeutic practices as well as to teach our professional peer about our individual areas of expertise!
So, please keep asking questions! Keep reading! Keep learning! Know that as music therapists it is our job to help you understand what we do, how we are different, and how we can help!