From Our Intern…

Hello, my name is Hannah Avery.

You may know me as the intern at Harmony Garden Music Therapy Services, but…

soon this will no longer be my identity

As of Wednesday, February 19th, I accepted a part-time job offer at my dream music therapy company and submitted my application to take the board certification exam to become a professional music therapist. I am set to complete my internship on Wednesday, March 4th, at 5:00pm. The following week, on Tuesday, March 10th, at 8:30am, I will walk right back into Harmony Garden and start my first day of work.

This week will go down as one of the most life-changing and monumental weeks in my journey as a future music therapist thus far. Not only did my new adoptive/foster family music therapy sessions begin, but I also accepted a part-time job offer from Jaime. I am officially a Harmony Gardener. What an honor! 

It was truly mind boggling to see my hopes and dreams play out into reality this week. For years I have longed to facilitate music therapy sessions with adoptive and foster families, and it is strange to have reached the point in my life where this is now possible. I am now faced with the intimidation of putting my money where my mouth is. Though I have been dreaming of this kind of music therapy work, I had never seriously considered all of the “how’s” or “when’s” of it all.

Even more thrilling, however, is having the full support and encouragement of my current internship supervisor and future employer, Jaime. She takes my ideas and concepts and shows me how to translate them into concrete operations and plans. Without her, I would not have known how to take my ambition and turn it into action. Jaime took time out of her busy schedule to sit down with me and talk about realistic interventions and goals to test out during my first sessions with families. She reassured me and gave me the confidence I needed to move forward. 

As a result, I had three wonderful sessions with three wonderful families, and my eyes have been opened to the possibilities of music therapy becoming interwoven with my personal passions and desires. I can now see how my job at Harmony Garden can become a reflection of my individual skill set and background. The Lord has given me a unique life in order to provide a unique music therapy experience for each client and client family He blesses me with. He is building my repertoire and expanding my knowledge so that I may best serve people that He has set out for me to work with for years to come. One step at a time, I am becoming the music therapist that He has intricately created me to be, thanks to the direction and guidance of Jaime and the interactions and life stories of every single client I work with.

Hannah Avery is our very first Music Therapy Intern here at Harmony Garden Music Therapy Services.
Stay tuned for her blog posts as she goes (and grows) through her music therapy internship.