As MUSIC therapists we are defined as being MUSICIANS.
MT’s have often debated whether we are primarily musicians or whether we are mostly therapists but, personally, I believe it is a good balance of the two. When completing a degree in MT, students must learn to play guitar and piano, as well as learning to sing. MT’s are also required to take courses in music theory & music history, perform in ensembles, and take lessons on their primary instrument. On top of all that, MT’s are always learning new music, practicing, and performing.
Many of the MT’s I know are involved in performance groups or bands and some record their own music. When I tell me\y students that I practice almost every day, I’m not kidding. I am making music all the time!
Being in a music related profession was never a question for me. Music has always been a huge part of my life and I feel so lucky to have found a profession where I can use my love of music to better the lives of others!