A subreddit for the discussion of music therapy. Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program (American Association of Music Therapy).
What do you think a realistic career path for a music therapist is that would lead to a reasonable salary and comfortable family life? I'm a music therapist at a state run mental health hospital. I currently work 80 miles from my home in Missouri which is the lowest paying state for mental health workers and I have been struggling to move forward after almost a year and a half of being in my position. I've been applying to positions closer to home but haven't had any luck. Currently signed up to take my boards exam but then what? My spouse doesn't currently have the earning power to support us in the future and I really want a family. I'm starting to wonder if it's even possible. Thoughts and ideas would be appreciated.
I'm really excited, but I'm also really nervous about this career change at 29. Is there any advice you would give to someone who's looking into this career? What are some struggles you faced with finding work after graduation? Is it worth getting your Master degree, or is the Bachelor degree sufficient?
I’m in school for music therapy and I’ve always had that “entrepreneurial spirit” and wanted to know what do I need to start thinking about if I’d ever want to start my own private music therapy practice?
Like what are typical clients, do I need to take any classes while I’m still in school, etc. thanks!