"Within the American Music Therapy Association, the New England region is the tiniest region, but it's mighty. We seem to collect the pioneers of the field, the visionaries, people who are the giants in the profession. We have many of those people within Massachusetts, and we have several of those people on faculty. There is a wealth of resources. We also have a wide range of people who've trained at different times, so we've got a historical record of how we've developed and changed the field. We've got diversity in the faculty: some of the leading researchers, some of the leading creators and visionaries, and many different styles. We're all hired because we are experts in what we provide."
"Our program is music centered, focused on helping each student develop professionally as a musician as well as develop as a music therapist. We're also relationship centered and we're client centered. We make the focus of the training understanding how to develop an appropriate clinical relationship with the client. We're talking about the student understanding not only different diagnoses and populations, but understanding the person who's diagnosed with said conditions."
"The training's hard. It's not for everybody. You could be the best musician, you could be the nicest, most caring person, and you might not make a good music therapist. There are qualities that you have to possess. Some of these qualities can be taught. Some of these qualities can be learned over time. Some are what you come with from your life experiences. And then there are things that you learn about yourself that you might have to change. You've got to be empathetic. You need a sense of humor. You need to be insightful. You need to have very strong, creative, flexible musicianship. You've got to have a firm foundation when it comes to melody, rhythm, harmony. It would be really great if you played guitar for a year before you showed up. And you've got to be able to use your voice. Not everybody's born a singer, but there's a difference between singing and clinically using your voice. And self-confidence, a sense of self-worth, is essential."