I’m a naturally introverted person. With that, comes skills specific to my personality type. For example, I’m a really good listener. I don’t talk a lot, so I’ve gotten good at listening to what other people have to say. I care a lot about people, I think before I speak, and it’s easy for me to adapt to new situations. However, because I’m an introvert, I’m not great at being outgoing and projecting all of my ideas. I’m not really a big “out of the box” thinker either, unless I’m truly inspired.
For music therapy, you have to be able to think on your feet. Sometimes a session with a client will go the complete opposite way that you planned on. You have to be good at improv on the piano, guitar, drums and singing, and you have to be confident in what you produce. This is definitely something I need to work on. I play the saxophone, and I’m not good at improv at all. I don’t like putting myself out there enough for people to hear what I create on the spot. It’s just not something I’m comfortable with… Which is kind of counterintuitive considering the saxophone is mainly a jazz instrument, and improv is an important component of jazz music. You have to do this all the time during a music therapy session, so learning how to be comfortable with improv will be a skill I need to develop over the next four years.
It also wouldn’t hurt to learn how to be more outgoing. I think that taking advantage of different things around campus that are outside of my comfort zone will help me learn some of the skills I need to make it as a music therapist.