JOB SHADOWING/ INTERVIEWING MUSIC THERAPISTS
Music therapy is a field that generates much interest for students. Some are considering the field as a possible occupation. Others are writing papers on the profession of music therapy. Music therapists often get requests for interviewing, “job shadowing” or observing of music therapy sessions.
Music therapists LOVE to teach others about music therapy. Most of us are more than willing to answer interview questions, either over the phone, through email or through face-to-face interviews. Job shadowing is a bit more complicated. Because of the importance of privacy and confidentiality in health care, the HIPAA (Health Information Portability and Accountability Act) laws make observation or job shadowing in most facilities infeasible. However, there are some facilities that allow the practice when the observer signs the necessary legal forms.
If you need more information about music therapy, here’s some options:
Visit musictherapy.org, the website for the American Music Therapy Association. This web page has TONS of information and can answer many of your questions.
If you would like to interview a local music therapist, look through the music therapists listed on this site. There may be some near you, or that work with populations you have an interest in. Send them an email! Most are happy to help!
If you are looking for a job shadowing experience, please review the attached 2 documents before observations.
The following music therapists work in settings where that is possible.
Primary Children’s Hospital:
1- Observation must be a requirement for a course
2- Must be over 18 years of age
3- Be prepared to fill out a little paperwork before.
4- Contact: Amanda Maestro-Scherer firstname.lastname@example.org
Emily Christensen, SCMT, MT-BC
Dementia, Well – elderly
Pure Progression Music Therapy
Children with developmental disabilities and early intervention