Resources, community and support for pediatric music therapists and music therapy students.
From the moment I began my education as a music therapist, I knew I wanted to work in a children’s hospital. I’m not sure if it was the patients' innate sense of resiliency or their unique outlook on such a grown-up environment. Perhaps it was just the wonderful smell of disinfectant wipes.
I founded a new music therapy program at a children’s hospital early in my career. As a new professional in the medical world, I felt many of the pains and struggles I’ve since heard from other colleagues. Pediatric music therapists are often left to fill varying needs – advocating for the profession, managing large caseloads and feeling the burden of witnessing deep suffering.
For a time, I was a lone music therapist supporting a wide variety of needs and experiencing new, confusing procedures daily. What is a lumbar puncture and where the heck should I stand in this room? Did I miss the day in school where we became experts in the ins and outs of medical lingo?
Pediatric Music Therapy is a community for pediatric music therapists to gain new skills, connect with their colleagues and feel empowered to grow and advocate for the work we do.
My mission is to connect pediatric music therapists, fostering a strong and supportive community where we can share, learn, and grow together.
I am dedicated to advancing our skills and knowledge, empowering each therapist to confidently make clinical decisions.
My goal is to continuously develop and enhance our unique and meaningful profession, inspiring each member to explore and contribute to the field's growth and impact.
Delve into our comprehensive collection of digital resources, each offering a deep dive into specific areas of pediatric music therapy practice. These downloadable materials provide in-depth insights and practical tools, enhancing your expertise and effectiveness in targeted domains.
Medical Music Therapy Assessment:
Wondering if medical music therapy is the right fit for you? Our assessment is here to help you find out! This quiz isn't just a bunch of questions – it's a journey through the key aspects of what makes a great medical music therapist. Whether you're a student dreaming about your future career, a recent graduate thinking about your next steps, or a practitioner mulling over a shift to this specialty, this quiz is for you. It's a chance to reflect on your strengths, interests, and what really gets you excited about your career.