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Alumni Interview: Veronica May, #61

1457572_10101296112796553_856655879_nInterviewed by Amy Dunlap, Intern #121.

Originally from Colorado,Veronica May, Intern #61, came to San Diego for internship and remains there today. Talented and enthusiastic are two words I would use to describe Veronica, both as a musician and a therapist. Thank you Veronica for the interview.  You shared some great advice with us.

1. What is your current job?
I work at Coast Music Therapy. I primarily work with ASD and DD.

Would you say MusicWorx helped you get to where you are today?
Most certainly. It forced me out of my box and got me in contact with a lot of different populations. If you don’t know what field you want to focus on, you probably will when you leave MusicWorx.
 
2. What drew you to the MusicWorx internship?
Dr. Davis at Colorado State University (where I went to school) highly recommended Barbara. The location didn’t hurt 🙂
 
3. What was your favorite MusicWorx moment?
Working with a girl my age who had become paralyzed and cognitively impaired due to a rhinoplasty gone wrong … watching her meet small milestones along the way … hearing her sing for the first time after several visits. The whole situation made me feel so lucky and honored. I’m so glad I’m a music therapist. 
 
4. Are there any aspects of what you learned at MusicWorx internship that best prepared you for your career today?
The pace. Lugging instruments, high energy, on point go, go, go. It makes anything else you do after that a breeze 🙂 I did work with individuals who have autism and developmental disabilities at TERI Inc. during internship which was very helpful. 
 
5. What was one of your biggest challenges during your internship? (And you can’t say lack of gas money or lack of time, unfortunately!)
Keeping up with the work…however I enjoyed it. I’m pretty easy going so there weren’t many challenges with any of the other girls or with Barbara. 
 
6. What was your biggest “aha!” moment for your professional and/or personal growth? 
That NMT is not the only type of therapeutic approach out there. However, I do practice NMT in my work at Coast. I learned to use my heart more in the process of internship…I learned what a drum circle was!
 
7. What would be your one piece of advice to future MusicWorx interns?
Make sure to take care of yourself, and remind yourself to get the most out of the experience …  no matter how exhausting. It’s only six months. Be mindful in your practice and use your resources. Above all, be good to Dr. Reuer 🙂

 

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