I started my internship in July and have 2 weeks left. The time has gone so fast! When I began applying for internships, the main characteristic of the internship that I was looking at was experience with populations that I had not worked with. I did not have experience with the geriatric population, hospice or adults with developmental disabilities, which is exactly who the West Music internship works with. This internship provided me with the experience that I wanted in order to feel confident in working with the adult populations.
I have also gained experience in how to transition into the professional world. At the beginning of my internship, I had free time that I was not expecting. I was used to going to school, doing homework, practicing piano, and working. I was busy all the time. Therefore, it was very difficult for me not be busy all the time. My internship has taught me how to balance work with free time.
I have enjoyed my internship and I will miss all my clients. I know that after I am a board-certified music therapist, I will have confidence and competence to work with several populations.
About Music Therapy Services at West Music
Music Therapy Services at West Music believes in the therapeutic value and benefits of music for all people. West Music is dedicated to enhancing the lives of all clients through successful musical experiences that address specific needs with respect and dignity. Music Therapy Services of West Music currently provides support and services to more than 500 clients weekly in a wide variety of settings including West Music studios, school systems, hospice, and private homes. Music Therapy Services available through West Music include one to one individual therapy, small group therapy (3-6 people), large group therapy (6-12 people), recreational music classes and adaptive music lessons. For more information about Music Therapy Services at West Music, please visit musictherapy.westmusic.com or contact Kelly Carlson, MA, MT-BC, Director of Music Therapy Services at West Music at firstname.lastname@example.org.