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Reflections from a Music Therapist and Emerging Teacher Candidate

Mar 31, 2021

Written by Annilee Baron, MTA, NMT 

I have been reflecting on the past three years that I’ve worked with the Music Therapy Academy as the Director of Communications. I am so grateful for all of the opportunities I’ve had to connect with like-minded, passionate music therapists, community members, and allied professionals through this position.

When Miya Adout from Miya Music Therapy was stepping down from her role with the Academy as DOC to serve as a Consultant, I was thrilled that I would have an opportunity to continue the work she had been doing. I have enjoyed being able to advocate for our profession in a variety of ways and have absolutely loved working with the MTAcademy’s founder Rachael Finnerty, who is an endlessly supportive colleague and friend.

I am excited to be passing along the Director of Communications role to Bernice Chu, in order to pursue a Bachelor of Education at Brock University to teach Primary/Junor, starting Fall 2021!...

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Applying to Music Therapy Graduate Programs: What You Need to Know!

Jan 18, 2021

Written by: Julia Bissessar  

Over the past year, I have been preparing and planning for what I will do once I graduate from McMaster University. I am currently in the last year of my undergraduate degree studying Honours Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour with Music Cognition specialization. My post-secondary degree has combined my love for music and psychology, and I wish to continue learning more about my passions in a post-graduate degree. After taking courses in music cognition and music therapy in undergrad, I began to consider pursuing a career in music therapy. Currently, there are only two schools in Canada that offer a master’s program for music therapy: Wilfred Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, and Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec. You may be aware that a handful of universities in Canada offer music therapy as an undergraduate or bachelor’s degree. As I wasn’t even aware of music therapy as a profession upon entering...

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Reflections on Music Therapy in Elementary Education

Jun 03, 2020

On Oct 21, 2019, our Director of Education Rachael Finnerty was a Guest Speaker in Gabriella Ocadiz's Music and Special Education class at McMaster University. One of the students, Sergio Raez Villanueva, shared his reflection on Rachael's presentation with us. Read Sergio's thoughts below:

Guest Speaker Thoughts

I found our guest speaker, Rachael, to be extremely amiable and welcoming as she explained and shared her experiences with the class. I do not know much about music therapy and her insight was extremely valuable to me as I do have a small background and a big interest in healthcare. Music therapy is the use of music for a healthcare goal, and I thought this was such a meaningful and useful manner of utilizing music to help others. It had never occurred to me that this was a career option! Combining music with healthcare seems amazing to me. I will not lie and say that I have been trying to learn a little more about it as a career option – fascinating!

I also...

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