Music Therapy Internship Seminar - Reflection Narrative Essay by Nicky

Reflection on important moments in a music therapy seminar.
# 151314 | 1,253 words | 0 sources | 2012 | US
Published on May 31, 2012 in English (Narrative) , Psychology (Case Studies)

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This paper describes a music therapy student's reflections on her experiences working with a client during her internship. First, the paper gives a brief background of the client's challenges and his prior treatment with music therapy. Then, the author tells of her "meaningful moment" with the client when she felt she broke through to him. Next, the students presents the feedback she received from her supervisor regarding her progress. The paper concludes with the author exploring how the internship experience of working with the client will impact her career in the future.

From the Paper:

"After the event with Arthur, I can now answer most of my questions since I have had a 'meaningful moment' and my perception has changed dramatically. Of course, I should primarily understand the client's functional level and capabilities because I cannot simply ask the mentally disabled client to sing along or do lyric discussion. However, the therapist can know what interests the client may have by experimenting with different musical experiences. It may take longer time than expect, but it is worthy enough to take time and take the journey together with the client just like we all do with our lives. As for Dena, she has not even seen Arthur holding something with his hands during the entire session with her. And how would I have known that Arthur might like to play the cymbals? Nevertheless, I had some sense that I should provide some interesting e sound so that he might get interested with it. I was not afraid when he held the cymbals, shook, and even tried to flip them over, not because of safety issue, but because of I had to interpret how he may experience the world by touching and looking."

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