Home > The West Music Blog > Considerations When Choosing a Music Therapy Internship
West Music Blog

The West Music Blog


Subscribe
Considerations When Choosing a Music Therapy Internship
By Kyle, MA, MT-BC
3/2/2011 12:36:00 PM

With the recent acceptance of West Music as a National Roster internship, I began thinking about what things music therapy students need to think about when choosing an internship site. Here are just a few.

One consideration is location. Many students will pick a site because they have family members nearby or they want, for example, to be in a certain climate or near mountains. When looking at the internship itself a student must obviously look at how long the facility has been an internship site, how long the Internship Director has been supervising interns, and the reputation of the internship. Other considerations include the director’s supervision style and philosophy of training interns. One’s professor should be able to answer these questions and steer their students in the right direction.

Another consideration is the population served at the internship. A student may feel that they should work with populations in their internship that they want to work with in their career. However, this is not always the most important consideration. Tastes change as one gains experience in the field. I, myself, did my internship with geriatrics. And, although I still love working with geriatric individuals, I have found several populations I enjoy just as much. One should, however, pick a population they feel at least somewhat enthusiastic about because they may be working very intensely with them for about six months.

A student should also ask themselves how many populations they want to work with. If a student would like to work with one or two populations then possibly a nursing home would be a good choice. If a student would like to work with several different populations then a hospital or private practice internship would be beneficial. The length of time seeing individuals, and, therefore, the rapport developed between the intern and their clients is also important. In a facility like a hospital, a music therapy intern may be only able to see someone two or three times. In a nursing home there is a good chance the intern would be able to see the same residents for the duration of the internship. This allows for a very strong relationship to develop between the intern and the client that one usually cannot develop from only a handful of visits.

For more information on Music Therapy at West Music, including internships, please visit the Music Therapy website. 




Tags: music therapy internship, internship sites, internship, internship tips, music therapy internship tips
Categories: Music Therapy
Bookmark and Share

Comments:

No Comments have been submitted.

   
 
Write your own comment
 
  Your name (required):  
   
  Your email address (required):  
     
  Your website address (optional):  
   
  Submit a Picture No larger than 250kb (optional):  
   
  Submit a video via URL (optional):  
   
  Your comments (required):  
   
   
 
Text From Image:
 
   
 
Categories
Band & Orchestra (94)
Classroom Furniture & Equipment (12)
Company Culture (71)
Conservatory (345)
Contests (12)
Drums & Percussion (26)
Extraordinary Associate of the Month (46)
Guitars & Folk (35)
Kids & Movement (26)
Live Sound, Recording & Software (4)
Mariachi (11)
Music Advocacy (52)
Music, Books & Resources (62)
Music Education (93)
Music Therapy (55)
Orff (15)
Pianos, Digital Pianos & Keyboards (23)
Press Releases (17)
Recorders (16)
West Music Cedar Falls (66)
West Music Cedar Rapids/Marion (110)
West Music Coralville (145)
West Music Decorah (3)
West Music Des Moines Piano Gallery (58)
West Music Dubuque (1)
West Music Quad Cities (77)
 
Recent Posts
It’s Science! Basic Acoustics for Musicians and Music Lovers
  Comments: 0
  Rating: 0 / 0
First Time Trumpet Players
  Comments: 0
  Rating: 0 / 0
First Time Trombone Players
  Comments: 0
  Rating: 0 / 0
First Time Tenor Saxophone Players
  Comments: 0
  Rating: 0 / 0
First Time Percussion Players
  Comments: 0
  Rating: 0 / 0
First Time French Horn Players
  Comments: 0
  Rating: 0 / 0
First Time Flute Players
  Comments: 0
  Rating: 0 / 0
First Time Oboe Players
  Comments: 0
  Rating: 0 / 0
First Time Clarinet Players
  Comments: 0
  Rating: 0 / 0
First Time Alto Saxophone Players
  Comments: 0
  Rating: 0 / 0
 
McAfee SECURE sites help keep you safe from identity theft, credit card fraud, spyware, spam, viruses and online scams