As I sit on a cozy blue couch surrounded by drums, egg shakers and guitars, I sip my cold-brew coffee and begin to reflect on the last six months, my clinical internship at Piedmont Music Therapy.
I came to Piedmont Music Therapy (PMT) armed with a bachelor's degree worth of textbook knowledge and an array of student “practicum” experiences, but nothing could prepare me for the unknown that 2020 held. I’m sure everyone can relate to that feeling in some way, considering the challenges this year has brought. Back in March when PMT closed the doors to our clinic space, I wasn’t sure if I would be able to continue logging client-contact hours and finish out the capstone of my education.
I always look for the silver lining in difficult situations, and thankfully this one wasn’t hard to find - it quickly became the clients and their families, willing to make the transition to telehealth and continue receiving music therapy services virtually.
Not only have the clients benefitted from familiar musical experiences and therapeutic support amidst a sea of uncertainty, but their smiles through the computer screen reminded me of an important fact I will carry with me throughout my future career - what I do as a music therapist holds tremendous value, no matter what the circumstances may be.
I have supported clients in their journey to better understand their world and express themselves to those around them - while building and developing my own skills as a therapist. I will always treasure the connections I have made here, and I will always remember that even a simple song can make a world of difference.
Providing music therapy services for early childhood to older adults, music instruction and enrichment plus continuing music therapy education in Greater Charlotte Area of the Carolinas.