Okay so I’m gonna take a little break from the series I’ve been doing about clubs and organizations at Naz and instead this week I’m gonna do a little bragging about how awesome our Music Therapy program is!!
So as a lot of you may already know we have a really unique program at Naz where members of our community who need services (physical therapy, music therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, etc.) can come to our clinic at Naz and get discounted services! This is really awesome for several reasons:
- If someone’s insurance won’t cover their services, they can get super cheap therapy in our clinic, and what’s cooler than helping people in need? You guessed it, nothing!
- This means that as students we get to have real-world working experience with these clients! Not many schools have this opportunity so YAY NAZ!
- This also means that not only do we get to treat clients while in school, we get to do interdisciplinary work and CO-TREAT clients with our peers of other disciplines…so awesome!
Okay so enough about our clinic you can read about that on the Naz website.
What I’m here to talk to you about is the Pre-Clinic Experience that music therapy majors get to have, which I’m currently doing right now!
Clinic starts junior year for us, but during sophomore year as part of our MTR 201-Principles of Music Therapy class we get to do this super-duper cool thing called Pre-Clinic. This means that once a week three fellow MTR majors and I get to travel off-campus and lead sing-alongs!
For the past 4 weeks I have gone to the Trinity Montessori School located near the back of campus and sang songs with an incredibly fun group of pre-schoolers!
It has been such a rewarding experience and although I’m so sad that next week is my last week with these rambunctious little kids, I’m very excited to stop singing pre-school songs and start singing some Elvis because in our 6th week we change venues and will be leading sing-alongs at a nursing home in Pittsford!
It’s such a great opportunity because it gives us experience working with two different populations, while simultaneously building our repertoire of song choices for when we are real live therapists! So rad.
It has been such a rewarding way to start my Tuesday mornings and I am so excited to go to a school where I can have amazing opportunities like this!
Okay I’m done rambling about how much I love my major. Next week I’ll be back to my regularly scheduled programming with clubs and organization – I promise!
P.S. That’s me and my co-song-leaders at the Montessori school in case you couldn’t tell. 😉