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我想當音樂治療師合適嗎?Am I Ready to be a Music Therapist?

Updated: Jul 30, 2023

文/ Anita

(English below)


1. 你為什麼想成為治療師?


2. 你是否已對音樂治療有一定的認識?


3. 你是否有迎接挑戰和跳脫舒適圈的準備?


4. 你是否對『跨領域』的學習有所準備?


5. 你能否依據情境轉換適合當下的角色及整理情緒?


6. 你是否有基本的音樂背景?

音樂治療師最親密的治療夥伴即是音樂本身。學習並能彈奏鋼琴、吉他及基本聽寫樂理和即興能力會是成為治療師的路上的重要關鍵 (以美國為例)。

7. 你是否已經下定決心?是的話,開始行動吧!

讓我們知道你的決定如何 😊


Am I Ready to be a Music Therapist?

In recent years, with the promotion of music therapy in Taiwan, more and more people have become interested and want to learn more about this field. Music Therapy Taptalk©️ often receives messages from readers asking if they are suitable to become a music therapist. Here, Music Therapy Taptalk©️ has compiled 7 important "criteria" for self-evaluation to determine if you are ready to become a music therapist.

1. Why do you want to become a therapist?

Everyone has different reasons for wanting to become a therapist. Whether it's based on self-fulfillment, current circumstances, or simply wanting to explore new opportunities, it is important to confirm your intentions before making a decision. Being a music therapist can be a lifelong career, but it also requires long-term physical and mental commitment. Overthinking and giving are both possibilities that may arise during therapy. Before entering this profession, ask yourself what exactly motivates and supports you—is it just a momentary emotional impulse or a well-prepared determination?

2. Do you have a certain understanding of music therapy?

Before stepping into music therapy, have you tried to learn about it? Among friends, some have discovered that music therapy is completely different from what they imagined and gave up because they didn't have a certain level of prior understanding when applying. Therefore, before starting the application process, it is beneficial to search for music therapy-related information (such as Music Therapy Taptalk©️ ) or attend lectures and workshops organized by music therapists.

3. Are you prepared to embrace challenges and step out of your comfort zone?

After getting involved in music therapy, you will encounter, experience, learn, and hear about many things that are less common in everyday life. Whether it's the needs and difficulties of clients and their parents, or people of all ages who require help due to real-life situations and overwhelmed emotions. You will have a broader perspective, but at times, you may also be shocked by the realities of the world and face the challenge of trying unfamiliar things. You will see both the beauty and brokenness of the world, and that is what sets the work of a therapist apart from others.

4. Are you prepared for "interdisciplinary" learning?

Music therapy encompasses knowledge from various fields, ranging from science and psychology to neuroscience, from music and research to practical application. For a therapist, continuous learning and professional development are inevitable and essential.

5. Can you adapt to different roles and manage emotions according to the situation?

Like actors smoothly transitioning between roles, as a therapist, you may need to be a listener, teacher, colleague, or peer depending on the different clients or situations. You will receive messages and encounter various emotions from different sources. As a therapist, it is important and necessary to maintain stability, flexibility, responsiveness, and establish appropriate boundaries amidst the chaos.

6. Do you have a basic music background?

The closest therapeutic companion for a music therapist is music itself. Learning to play the piano, guitar, and having basic music theory and improvisation skills are crucial on the path to becoming a therapist (based on the example of the United States).

7. Have you made a firm decision? If so, take action!

Let us know what's your decision!


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