Erin Fox ’16
The MMT program has broadened my knowledge and skillset in my clinical music therapy practice, and has impacted my growth as a professional in many ways. It has strengthened my knowledge of theoretical orientations and how I use these as a foundation to my work. I feel supported and valued [by faculty].
The emphasis on experiential learning has allowed me to experience music therapy in the way the client experiences it, which can be very different from the therapist’s perspective! I have felt vulnerable and timid, as well as empowered and supported. With this experience I can better know what music therapy is like for my clients and I can better support them in their therapeutic process.
Sarah Kneeland ’16
Augsburg’s MMT program has helped me grow as a student/supervisee in my practicum experience. I’ve become more versed in music therapy techniques, theories, models, and interventions that I’m able to use in my practicum. Additionally, I’ve grown as a professional, friend, partner, and family member.
The hybrid model has allowed me to stay in Fargo, North Dakota, and keep my current position—I am thankful for the flexibility of faculty in the assistance of distance learners.
Jana Koppula ’16
The MMT program has given me a deeper understanding of theory, clinical skills, and the use of music as therapy. It has allowed me to become more intentional in my approach to clients as a music therapist. Even after one semester I could see a difference in the way I was practicing, despite having been a board certified music therapist for almost ten years.
With the hybrid model, the online work is available around the clock, so I can do my online discussions and assignments whenever I’m free. I’ve been able to do clinical work, maintain my assignments, and still focus on my family at home with some good time management. The intensive weekends have been just that—intense, but so deep and rich with information and experiential opportunities.
Lindsay Rossmiller ’16
The clinical, experiential, and individualized components of Augsburg’s Music Therapy program have impacted the strength of my voice as a music therapist and, in turn, the perspective I bring into my clinical teams, and the space I give myself to gain rootedness in the powerful, ever-moving work of music therapy. The strengths of the MMT program at Augsburg exist in the highly intentional way in which the program has been created—it is structured, well planned, and uses extremely powerful texts and experiences introduced in a mindful order. The program is also highly individualized and flexible.
To learn alongside a cohort of diverse individuals, each of us practicing in different places, with different populations, and at different points in our careers, gives a multitude of opportunities to deepen my understanding of the field, and to gain invaluable feedback within a community of learners.
Anna Shevik ’16
There is something very special about the cohort model of the MMT program. Sharing these many learning experiences with a small, close group of students is incredibly rewarding! We are all so supportive of each other and bring so many different backgrounds and professional histories into the classroom.
The Equivalency Plus MMT program is perfect for those coming in with a music background, but with no therapy training. Because of the experiential training, supervision, research and in-depth discussions from other equivalency students, and those already working in the field, I cannot believe how confident I already feel as a future therapist over just the last nine months.