Challenge

Challenge – “Invites someone to engage in a contest”.

As a music therapist intern I have been challenged to a contest of telling stories, educating, and giving people functional skills through  music. To let the music and one’s own energy drive the music interventions is the challenge. When the musical intervention has succeeded, the challenge gives me, as a therapist and as a person, great rewards. When an intervention does not go as planned then the challenge is to tweak the intervention so it will be successful.

I am glad I have taken on the challenge of the music therapy profession. It is the most rewarding endeavor I have undertaken.

Craig

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Encouragement

This word has helped me through my internship immensely! I have received encouragement from so different sources as I’ve progressed in my internship. My family has been a huge support system for me, they have all listened to my rants, successes, and silly stories throughout these six months. My fellow interns, I don’t think I would have survived without them! We have shared some amazing stories and created some great friendships. My landlords, they truly took a stranger under their care and helped me integrate myself into the San Diego life. From taking out to dinner, allowing me to tag along for family events, to including me in the Monday night Bachelor/Bachelorette show. I will always be grateful for their kindness and love. Finally, my internship directors and supervisors who have endured my many questions and helped nurture me into becoming a successful music therapist. Without their guidance, support, and encouragement I would not be the music therapist I am today. Thanks to these amazing women I have a solid foundation in music therapy and I am not afraid to step out into the big scary world and thrive. So here is a big thank you to everyone who has encouraged me along the road!

Much Love,
Beth

Learning

The acquisition of knowledge or skills through experience, practice, or study, or by being taught.

After high school I thought that I had learned all that I needed to know. But as I have gone through life I have found that learning is an on going adventure for me. As I have matured I now enjoy learning new and exciting things. Since pursuing my music and music therapy degree I am fascinated by how the mind and body respond to music. I never would have this knowledge if I had stopped learning after high school.

Treat yourself to a learning experience today, pick up a interesting magazine, book or Google something that you want to know more about, you just might learn something interesting, fun and new.

Keep learning,

Craig

Personality

The sum total of the physical, mental, emotional, and social characteristics of an individual is a clear, concise, and boring definition of personality. Everybody’s is different and can change depending on the situation. Personality is also influenced by the company one keeps.

When I first started my internship, I was witness to a variety of personalities. Some clients were bouncing off the ways with enthusiasm while others were shy and uncomfortable with a new face in the room. Throughout my six months here though at the Music Therapy Center, I have created relationships with these clients each one is unique and special to me. I have seen their personalities emerge and shine through music. Each client that I see is different and as I come to the end of my internship I am sad to have to leave the amazing clients  at the Music Therapy Center of California.

Beth

TEAM

To join together, a cooperative effort.

We have all been on a team. As a young person it would be sports or academics, such as a debate team. Even though those were teams, there was a large amount of individualism: who is the best hitter, or pitcher; who can run the fastest; who can jump the highest, or go the furthest.  Recognizing individual strengths, and using them together produces a winning sports or academic team.

Now I am with a true team of individuals working together. We all have our strengths and our weaknesses; we recognize them, and we work as a team. If I am weak in a particular area, someone on the team may excel in that area and can give guidance or assistance, and visa versa. As a team, we now work at what we excel at to assist our clients in the most efficient way possible.

We also work in close collaboration as a team with other professionals as well. Working closely with the speech, occupational, behavioral, and/or physical therapists of our clients. Effectively working as a team with other therapists, we can formulate a joint plans for our clients that supports the clients needs in the most efficient way.

I really enjoy being on this TEAM.

GO TEAM!

Craig