Music Therapy: My journey to a calling...

Music is a superpower!

Music therapy is a young and growing field. Most people music therapists simply play music to help clients feel better. It is so much more than that. A typical day in my internship goes from reviewing cases with the rest of the clinical team, writing treatment plans, running groups to increase socialization, visiting patients in the ICU to decrease isolation, and even co-treating with physical therapists to increase gross motor movement. Music therapy changes lives.

Over the years, I have learned the difference between a hobby, job, career, passion, and calling. I knew music therapy was a calling when I began working with people of different abilities. From those who have autism, to paraplegia and severe trauma, I have personally witnessed music open up hearts and connect worlds. In a year, I will become a board certified music therapist (MT-BC). This year I am finishing my internship at Lurie Children's Hospital before I am eligible to take the board exam. In the meantime, here is how I am using the skills I am learning every week:

Super 7 Girls is a non-profit that focuses on giving girls access to the amazing skills and superpowers that will bring them success in life. Their director, Kim, not only hires academic specialists, but expands her program to include financial literacy, homework support, dance, and music (that's me!). Every Monday night, I direct a junior and senior choir, focusing on socioemotional learning in a project-based style. Check out their Instagram @thesuper7girls.

On Wednesdays I spend six hours at Till Elementary teaching General Music to grades PK - 2nd for the non-profit, Foundations of Music (FOM). I also get to teach Songwriting and Production to the 8th grade classes. It is a whirlwind of a day, complete with hello songs, singing and dancing, literacy through music, and creating an audible landscape for storytelling. Till is a special place with a deep history, and FOM is celebrating their 30th year! To keep their programs running, they are always accepting donations. Take a look at their website to learn more!