Alumni Interview: Alex Babani, #5
Intern #5: Alex Babani, PsyD, MA, MT-BC
Internship Dates: June 1998 – March 1999
Alex Babani was one of the first interns at MusicWorx. His internship experiences working at a chemical dependency unit and being a witness to the life of a cancer patient had a profound impact on him.
- What is your current job?
I am starting my private practice (2nd round).
Would you say that MusicWorx helped you get to where you are today?
What drew you to the MusicWorx experience?
The diversity of experience and populations.
What was your favorite moment of your MusicWorx experience?
I loved working at the Chemical Dependency Unit. I also enjoyed the Mari Mandala Training and bringing that back to MusicWorx.
There was one particular patient who passed away in the cancer unit. Her passing had a profound impact on everyone. We had a particular song, “Gracias a La Vida” (Thanks for the Life I Live), that we continued to play for other patients, and in one case the children of that patient came with me to see someone else and sing with them. This was a powerful moment for me about how music passes; it’s gift from one person to another.
Are there any aspects of what you learned at MusicWorx internship that best prepared you for your career today?
The confidence to start my private practice.
What was one of your biggest challenges during your internship? (And you can’t say gas money or lack of time.)
My 15-year old daughter was living with me and decided to go through her rebellious phase at the same time.
What was your biggest “aha” moment for your professional and/or personal growth?
Whether it was entering someone’s room or starting a group, it was, “I can do this!”
What would be your one piece of advice to future MusicWorx interns?
Don’t be afraid – GO FOR IT!!!