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Music Therapy Podcast Project 2010-2011

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Music Therapy YouTube Project 2010-2011

What is music therapy?
Students: Patina Ammerman, Sally Strnad, & Jihee Hong 

The Interesting Life of a Music Therapy Student
Students: Jessie Habluetzel, Sarah Donohue, & Sehwa An

How do non-music majors define Music Therapy?
Students: Ryan Agnew, Ally Smola, & Mahleah Benson 

Straight from the Students

"With a rich history as a birthplace for music therapy, KU's music therapy program supports students to become innovators in the field. Graduate studies in music therapy at KU offered me freedom to pursue my research and clinical interests, as well as the support and resources to make those dreams into realities." - Claire Ghetti

"In my initial search for a career path, I knew that I wanted to make a difference. I have found KU music therapy to be a perfect fit because it has allowed me to develop my musical interests and abilities, and to use them to positively impact those in need. KU music therapy has not only provided me the opportunity to be a part of this innovative profession, it has instilled within me a desire to continue learning and working to change lives with song." - Jessie Habluetzel

"For me, music therapy at the University of Kansas was the realization of all the hopes I had for my career. I was welcomed into a specialized community that taught me about the future of music therapy and where my place could be in that future." - Elizabeth Burdette

"KU Music Therapy for me has meant growing into a strong and confident professional. It has pushed me to be a better musician and more competent therapist. I am proud of the Music Therapy program at KU, because it truly has been the greatest experience I could have ever dreamed of, in terms of education. The professors and GTA's care about the students and it should not go unnoticed, because every one of them has helped shape me into the Music Therapist I will become. Rock Chalk!" - Sarah Coury

"KU Music Therapy is a great program. Everyone in the program, students and professors, are so friendly and will do anything for you. The KU Music Therapy is a huge family that grows as you move through the program. The program is set up so you cannot fail if you put everything into it. I have learned so much about myself as well as Music therapy at KU. Since I was a transfer student, I was nervous I wouldn't fit in, but from the first second I stepped foot onto the campus I became a friend to everyone. I absolutely adore the KU Music Therapy program and I have learned so much." - Amanda Grey

"KU Music Therapy has meant more to me than I can even put into words, or better yet into lyrics of a song. At first glance, it seems as though it is just a program offered by the University of Kansas, but given a closer look it is so much more than just a good education. It comes with mentors, teachers, and friends who will support you every step of the way as you go through your classes, practicum, and everyday life. KU Music Therapy helps you to not only earn a degree, but prepares you for life beyond the university and out into the real world, of hospitals, jails, detention centers, schools, and retirement homes. This one program at KU has meant more to me than I can even begin to describe and I couldn't imagine attending a better accredited university for music therapy." - Kirsten Schick

"Music Therapy at KU has been a constant reminder that the very tool that has helped me to grow and develop, music, that is, has the same power to influence others in a mighty way. The music therapy program has also showed me that every moment is a learning experience and that thinking on your feet is a vital part of the therapy process." - Olivia Walterman

"KU music therapy enabled me to put two things that make me most happy together: making music and making people's life better. I felt so lucky to be in this program because I got inspirations from everywhere, such as in the classroom, during observations of therapy sessions, even just a five-minute chat with classmates! Besides that, it guided me to build critical and professional thinking in every little detail, helping me prepare myself to be a qualified music therapist!" - Xiaotian Liu

Where are KU Music Therapy interns?

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Where are KU Music Therapy alumni?

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School of Music Calendar
Music students present hundreds of public concerts every year
Students perform in KU choirs, concert bands, pep bands, ensembles, symphony orchestra, and jazz combos
The school owns one of the greatest jazz record collections in the world
KU Wind Ensemble performed the world premiere of the symphony "In the Shadow of No Towers" at Carnegie Hall
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.