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My Favorite Part of the Internship

By Anna Smith, MusicWorx Intern

Music in itself is healing. It is an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are ALL touched by. No matter what culture we are from, EVERYONE loves music. “ Billy Joel

Being a MusicWorx intern is a great experience for many reasons, but perhaps none greater than the daily opportunities we are given to work with such a variety of client populations. On any given day, a MusicWorx intern can potentially work with premature infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, facilitate creative expression through songwriting with a wounded warrior military member, facilitate group reminiscence and memory recall at a facility for older adults, then work with a stroke patient in the hospital to regain motor function. We see it all. Therefore, we are not only getting the opportunity to work

with clients of all ages, but more importantly, the opportunity to meet and address a wide range of needs and target outcomes.  This aspect of internship is simultaneously my favorite part, yet also the most challenging.

MusicWorx interns leave this internship with a variety of rich experiences that not only inform our future clinical practice, but also equip us with the confidence and knowledge to work with most all client populations. We leave ready to embrace the professional world, advocate for the field, and extend the reach of music therapy to people in all walks of life.

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