A Bird Set Free
Written by Matrisha Stafford, MT Intern
WOW! SIX. WHOLE. MONTHS. I am so grateful for this moment. To finally say I am only a couple weeks away from finishing my internship is one of the greatest blessings and moments for me to date in life. I am so humbled and grateful to the team at Piedmont for helping me grow and thrive as a new music therapy candidate. As things come to a close here, I have been able to reflect on how much music has been such a big part of the last six months for me. I have used it daily, have gotten stronger as a singer and instrumentalist, acquired new skills on new instruments, and grown so much personally and professionally. Having the music as the focus in both areas really strengthened me and allowed me to push myself to new levels. For my final contribution to the blog, I would like to share a playlist of songs that have pushed me through this time as an intern. There are songs that evoke emotions, songs to dance to, songs I used in sessions and songs that reflect on how thankful I was through all this and still remain. I look forward to all the things that 2022 has to offer, and I appreciate the community around PMT for allowing me to make my mark on this place and your families. Please enjoy my playlist, and comment below a few song selections that pump you up, or get you in the spirit of achieving and overcoming!
As I near the end of my internship, I decided to take some time to consider the most significant songs and create a fun medley. Whether these songs are simply songs I sang all the time, songs that helped create beautiful moments, or songs that were about connection between myself and clients or staff members, they all had some impact on my internship journey. They are listed below:
And, because I am a musician, who very much enjoys singing and playing, here is a compilation of them all:
If you are a music therapist or music therapist to be, take a moment to reflect on the most impactful songs used in your day-to-day sessions. If you are not a music therapist, reflect on impactful songs in your life!
Written by: Matrisha Stafford, MT Intern
As the holiday season is officially upon us, what better way to celebrate than with a playlist of some very classic, and possibly new, songs to jam to and really ramp up the holiday Spirit! Not to worry if traditional holiday music isn’t your thing, please enjoy a smooth jazz and relaxation playlist. As the Holiday playlist gets you into the spirit, let the jazz playlist remind you that during this season where we are busy visiting family and friends, staying up late to wrap gifts for loved ones, or even cooking our last minute dishes for holiday meals, we must always remember to take time to slow down, check in with ourselves, breathe, and relax. We hope this time is full of laughter, rest and rejuvenation, and a lot of yummy meals!
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