The Student Advocacy Project: A 3-Part Series (Part 2)



the capacity or power of persons or things to be a compelling force on, or produce effects on the actions, behavior, opinions etc. of others.

What is the most important thing you think people should know about our profession?

“Music therapy is research-based and has been proven beneficial for nearly all populations.  Before even that, people should understand the definition of music therapy and what a session might entail.” -Megan Sumner, Senior at Nazareth College

“Music therapy is not equal to music lessons. Music therapists are not music teachers. Although we might teach a client how to play an instrument, the goal is not performance driven.  Rather, the goal is to approach the cognitive, social, emotional, spiritual and communicative needs of the client… we address non-musical goals.”  -Erica Porter, Senior at Nazareth College

“We can work with so many different populations- not just children and the elderly. People should know that music and music therapy can benefit almost anyone.”  -Barbara Lippman, Junior at Nazareth College

“That it works. As abstract as it might sound, and as difficult to describe sometimes, music therapy works and improves the lives and functionality for many people.”  –Brian Halliley, Senior at Nazareth College

“The most important thing people should now about music therapy is that is can be received by anyone. You don’t have to be a trained musician to participate in a music therapy session. People of all different diagnoses and backgrounds receive music therapy, which I believe makes our field a universal service.”  -Kristen Muldoon, Junior, Chapter Representative, Nazareth College

“…It’s using music as a tool to address non-musical goals.” -Anonymous

“People should know how effective treatment in music therapy can be, especially compared with other services.  I recently read a study where clients with comparable disabilities  received physical therapy or music therapy.  Remarkably, music therapy saw quicker results.” -Anonymous

“How we cater and individualize to the client to make them as independent and as physically and mentally strong as possible.”  -Caitlin Preston-Fulton, VP Nazareth Chapter, Nazareth College

To read part 1 of the series check out:
Check in for Part 3 tomorrow!


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2 responses to “The Student Advocacy Project: A 3-Part Series (Part 2)

  1. Dena Register, Ph.D., MT-BC

    Great to see these student comments and know that you all are thinking about this NOW! You will make wonderful contributions to the profession in the years ahead.

  2. Pingback: Music Therapy Advocacy Month (features a Michigan music therapist!) at Michigan Music Therapists

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