Episode 11 // Danielle Oar

In Episode 11 of the Guitars & Granola Bars podcast, I’m chatting with music therapist Danielle Oar. Danielle shares the story of her pregnancy — an “unexpected blessing” — and how she pursued her music therapy studies while raising a baby as a single mother, along with how the support of colleagues, family and friends allowed her to complete her degree, internship, and eventually open a private practice.

Meet Danielle

Danielle Oar
Danielle began her journey as a mother during her junior year of her music therapy degree. The role of mother and music therapist gave her unique insights into both worlds, and was a trial of strength as she supported herself and her son through school, internship, and starting a business.

Located in the Willamette Valley in Oregon, Danielle has started a vibrant new private practice and supports her son as a single mother. Music has enriched their relationship and created resilience to the struggles of supporting a baby and a business.


Refuge Music Therapy // Danielle’s private practice.

Refuge Music Therapy Blog // Where Danielle shares her thoughts on private practice and life as a music therapist.

Healing Ceremonies // A book Danielle recommends about creating personal rituals for spiritual, emotional, physical & mental health.

MusicTherapyEd.com // Danielle’s favorite resource for earning CMTE credits.

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