Alumni Interview: Christina Whipple #107
Christina Whipple was intern #107 at MusicWorx and completed her time in sunny San Diego in December of 2011. Since then, she has continued her career as a music therapist back in the Midwest, and currently works in Illinois.
1. What is your current job?
I recently began a new job as an Elementary Music Therapist at Giant Steps, therapeutic day school for individuals with autism in Lisle, IL.
2. Would you say that MusicWorx helped you get to where you are today?
Definitely! Barbara sets up her interns for success in an unlimited number of possibilities post-internship.
3. What drew you to the MusicWorx experience?
I wanted an internship that I knew would be challenging. I was also looking to gain experience with many different populations.
4. What was your favorite moment of your MusicWorx experience?
One of my favorite moments of my MusicWorx experience was when I became a senior intern. During this time, I was able to share knowledge with interns who had just begun their process. By working with them, I could see just how far I had come, and it was always a joy to learn about their perspectives and ideas.
5. Are there any aspects of what you learned at MusicWorx internship that best prepared you for your career today?
Yes, and I cannot name just one. I feel that it was the entire experience of internship, including the diversity of clinical work, presentations, business planning, and the overall emphasis on a strong work ethic that prepared me to have the confidence and toolbox to be able to take on diverse job experiences.
6. What was one of your biggest challenges during your internship? (And you can’t say gas money or lack of time.)
One of my biggest challenges during internship was learning the balance between working independently and working closely with colleagues in the field. As a person who typically chooses to work independently, it took time and practice to learn the best approach to working very closely with other interns and professionals. I continue to use the skills I learned in my job today, which focuses on a team-centered approach to therapy.
7. What was your biggest “aha” moment for your professional and/or personal growth?
My biggest “aha” moment was when I found my voice. As a student coming into the world of music therapy as an instrumentalist, I consistently found myself feeling shy at times when singing in front of individuals and groups. At MusicWorx, I was given the opportunity to jump in right away to leading sessions, and of course my voice was utilized greatly on a daily basis. One day, after about a month or so of internship, I reflected on my sessions and realized that my lack of confidence was barely detectable, and I could clearly see what a difference it made to our patients. Finding my voice became a metaphor for what I really found during internship, which was my confidence!
8. What would be your one piece of advice to future MusicWorx interns?
Jump in with two feet and give it your all; don’t shy away from anything that feels difficult! The skills and experiences that you gain at this internship will carry with you through your career.