A Quote To Change Your Life - Access Music Therapy

A Quote To Change Your Life

A quote from Oprah Winfrey, “The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.”

This is my post for Week #3 of the #MusicTherapyBlogger Challenge hosted by Julie Palmieri at Serenade Designs. Thank you Julie for encouraging me to keep going with these posts.

What does this quote mean to me? It defines the decision that I made to become a music therapist. The adventure was direct. It was one decision to make a difference. Becoming a music therapist was an adventure. After working in dead-end and unsatisfying jobs in my 20’s, I decided to go to college to be a violinist. I thought being a violinist would be a glamorous, successful job, and it would have been. But, I was 27 years old, a parent of two babies, and wife. I had played the violin at church for 10 years on and off since high school, and I really didn’t have the chops to be a professional violinst. I had completed a clerical certificate program in 1996 at the community college. It was a good accomplishment, although it left my soul unsatisfied. On a daily basis, I came home crying. I desperately needed something meaningful in my work life.

When I began to take music classes at Augsburg College, I found music therapy through my violin instructor, Mary. She told me about music therapy, and I was sold. After my coursework, internship and my first position as music therapist in Minneapolis, I continued on to develop a position in Duluth, MN. This was my dream job! Hospice work is very meaningful. It is always an honor to be in the presence of someone in their last days, hours, or minutes of their life. Wonderful moments happen when facilitating families into a gathering that focuses on the patient, what’s important to him or her, and tying it all together with music. I had truly found my calling in music therapy. I went on to work in hospice care for 10 years.

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Since 2008, I’ve owned Access Music Therapy, llc. While working in hospice care, I had been requested by families in the community to provide music therapy for their children with developmental disabilities which was the beginning of my private practice. I never thought I’d be comfortable working with children, except that God had a different plan for me. Currently, my caseload is 80% children with varying challenges. The adventures I’ve had as a music therapist have been so amazing. Over a year ago I resigned from hospice care. I still love it and eventually hope to contract with a program. It’s been over a year now operating my private practice full-time as Access Music Therapy, llc. My future plan is to open a music therapy studio/clinic to increase the services in the Duluth and Superior communities. This is certainly an adventure that my heart was longing for from the beginning. I just needed to say “yes” when I heard the call

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