My Brush with Burnout as a First-Year Music Therapist

My Brush with Burnout as a First-Year Music Therapist

Today I want to tell you a quick story about how I came dangerously close to burning out my very first summer as a music therapist.

As a brand new professional and the first-ever music therapist in a school for children with multiple disabilities, I felt an immense amount of pressure to make a good impression and be incredibly effective.

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{23 Days of Gratitude} Day 21 – You!

23 Days of Gratitude | Day 21 - You

When I purchased the domain name for Listen & Learn Music a little over 9 years ago, I never imagined this would become a place that would help me connect with hundreds of music therapists, teachers, and parents across the country. Every time I attend AMTA national conference, it’s especially apparent just how many friends I’ve made through this tiny corner of the internet.

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{23 Days of Gratitude} Day 15 – AMTA National Conference

23 Days of Gratitude | Day 15 - AMTA National Conference

Every November for the last 8 years, I’ve spent a few days with 1,000+ other music therapists learning, presenting and exhibiting my work. I’ve met countless therapists from all over the country, and built friendships with many of them through my conference experiences.

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{23 Days of Gratitude} Day 11 – My Education

23 Days of Gratitude | Day 11 - My Education

I was much too young and oblivious to fully understand and appreciate the value of my education as I was receiving it. Of course, I knew that college was expensive (especially a private out-of-state one), but I took for granted to an extent the fact that my parents were able to give me such an amazing gift.

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{23 Days of Gratitude} Day 9 – Podcasts

23 Days of Gratitude | Day 9 - Podcasts

Thanks to my friend and fellow music therapist Kimberly Sena Moore, I learned about podcasts long before they were cool (way back in 2009). I became a podcaster long before most people even knew what a podcast was, and have been doing it pretty much ever since.

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