{Brandy Jenkins, from the Music Therapy Ed team shares}: “Music was always a par…


{Brandy Jenkins, from the Music Therapy Ed team shares}: “Music was always a part of my life. In fact, I truly believe it was my safety net during childhood to young adulthood. Music was my outlet when I experienced intense feelings from what I later learned was due to an anxiety and mood disorder. I had an outlet and luckily a talent for singing. I never entertained going to college for anything other than music. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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By the time I learned about music therapy, I was already deep in a degree for music business and knew I would have to move soon due to my husband’s job. I finished my degree and we moved. That year my grandmother died. She had dementia and I recalled how she lit up when singing or listening to piano music. The staff at her rehab facility called her “Ms. Sunshine” because she would constantly sing “You Are My Sunshine”. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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I was an hour away from a school that offered a Masters Equivelencey in Music Therapy. I wanted to do something more. I wanted to make my “Moms” proud. I avoided working with seniors, always managing to not have a senior practicum assignment. It was too close to home and too recent of a loss. I finished my degree and worked with kids until last year. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Now, I work with seniors and I feel I am honoring my grandmother every day. That is why I am a music therapist.” #MusicTherapyEdLove



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