How I Became a Music Therapist

Music can be a wonderfully healing medicine. I started playing music myself all those years ago because it was a healing exercise for me to undertake for myself. After a hard day at school I would come home and instantly zone out to guitar and piano, soothing my mind and nerves. My dad was always amazed at how entranced I was every day at 3:20 like clock work letting out all my steam from the school day into my music. He would tell people it was my medicine, if someone called for me or something like that when I was playing he would say, “Hold on John is taking his Medicine!”

It really was medicine for me though to get all of my stressful high school feelings out in music. I feel really lucky that I had that kind of outlet; I think that all teenagers need an outlet like that, whether it is music or sports, the turbulent teen years run much smoother with a good outlet for stress.

Later on in college I took a class on eastern philosophy and learned of aruvedic medicine and also something else called Music Therapy. This class greatly opened my eyes to the possibilities; playing music to heal, I mean me and my dad joked about my music as being my medicine, and then suddenly I had a textbook that was verifying this as an irrefutable fact.

After seeing this chapter in my Eastern Philosophy book it all came together for me and I knew what to do. I immediately set up an appointment with my course counselor and changed my major to Music Therapy. And now over ten years later here I am with my own Music Therapy practice and it has been the most rewarding career I ever could have imagined.


I have seen a lot of people recover from many different illness and malady just through listening to music. I have seen cancer patients gain energy that assisted them in fighting their disease. I have seen students with autism gain a better understanding of emotions and feeling. The latter is actually a major breakthrough in Autism research. Music therapists are on the frontline in this field.

When people have given up on certain patients when meds and behavior therapy does not work they thrown them to the door of Music Therapists like myself and we have found that connection that has been so sought after. We have found a way to light that spark that has stayed dormant for so long. I treasure the kids that smile for the first time when I play. It really is a tremendous feeling, and helping these people is the best kind of boost and therapeutic medicine in my own life that I could ever have asked for.

Music was always my last refuge when I had a tough day at school as a high school student; I guess I understood that magic well then without knowing the exact application. Now I am able to apply it and perfect it and use it for the benefit of others it is the best job I could have ever asked for.