How Cyber-Stalking Music Therapists Can Help You.

Are there really any music therapy jobs out there? Is it worth it to go through the expense of school, only to find out that you can’t make a decent living in this career?

A Rhythm For Good reader writes in asking whether she should even consider music therapy as a career choice, and I give her the low-down.

In the video, I give 4 essentials to making it as a music therapy job-hunter. By following these 4 steps, you’re setting yourself up for success along the way.

Click play to check it out!

Do you have more ideas on successfully landing a job after music therapy school? Please help Janette out by leaving a comment below!

16 Responses to How Cyber-Stalking Music Therapists Can Help You.

  1. Noel April 29, 2013 at 8:40 am #

    Thanks for posting this Kat! There is a great misnomer that no music therapy jobs exist. It simply seems to come from ignorance and misunderstanding of the field. I certainly believe there are more jobs out there than music therapists. And if the job doesn’t exist yet, create it! Even as a new music therapist I created my first two jobs. I don’t think music therapy students have anything to fear if they have drive and ambition…and follow your tips! ;)

    • Kat Fulton April 29, 2013 at 8:43 am #

      Awesome feedback Noel – Great to know that you created your first two jobs. There is a huge benefit to creating our own job – It gives us artistic freedom to shape and sculpt our lives exactly how we want.

      Beautiful contribution here, and thank you for sharing a bit of your story!

      • Noel April 29, 2013 at 8:45 am #

        Thank you for helping our future MTs!

  2. Sarah April 29, 2013 at 10:01 am #

    Networking!!! You’re exactly right kat! It might be hard sometimes, but show an interest and get your foot in the door. Keep in touch as well. Volunteering as a student also helps a lot! Good luck. And talks for the great tips kat!

  3. Darcy April 29, 2013 at 11:25 am #

    Thank you for this thorough and thoughtful answer. For sure, being a music therapist is not for everyone, but if you find your heart in this field, go for it 100%. Don’t let fear hold you back; this world needs more music therapists!

  4. Debi Kret, MM, MT-BC April 29, 2013 at 4:45 pm #

    Hi Kat,

    I have been a music therapist for 20 years and I agree with you that the field has changed in many ways. But although the general public is more familiar with what we do, we still need to educate and advocate all the time. My very wise professor and mentor told us continually that it was up to us to find the opportunities and create our own jobs, and that is still the case today. There are new funding sources such as insurance reimbursement and grants that weren’t around 20 years ago which makes me very happy!

    And Kat Fulton is so much fun to cyber-stalk!!!

  5. Liz April 29, 2013 at 4:57 pm #

    Another resource that folks can try is the state and regional music therapy websites. Plus this is another way to find out what is going on the state/region and start on that netwroking that is so important!!

  6. CJ Shiloh April 29, 2013 at 5:01 pm #

    You reminded me of me when you said, “move back to Maryland and get started in the music therapy field.” Ha! ; )

  7. Liz April 30, 2013 at 5:15 am #

    Interesting and similar to how things are in the UK. I wouldn’t advise someone to become a music therapist here if they want a ready-made full time job with a boss who tells you what to do. There are millions of ways to get that kind of job, but not many through music therapy! I think networking and chasing opportunities yourself, maybe working part-time and doing other things alongside of being self employed are often the ways music therapists find work.

  8. Jon May 1, 2013 at 8:24 pm #

    Thanks Kat for this post. I am also a student MT-in-training. I have a very different outlook on the status of the job market, but that might be because of the region I live in. I live in Ohio where there is a good market for MT jobs in the Great Lakes region. I’d also suggest to any other SMT to look into where the MT trends are moving and where they are moving to. An approach that I try to take is that I’m going to try to make it very hard on any future employer turn me away. Personally, I feel that I have to have some tenacity in my job search and the attitude that I’m going to try my best to be the most well rounded, knowledgeable and irresistible MT that I can be. I don’t just want to be good at what I do, I want to be great at it! :)

    • Kat Fulton May 1, 2013 at 8:26 pm #

      VERY good thoughts here, Jon! Right on! You are well on your way — Thanks for the inspiration.

  9. vanessa trengove May 6, 2013 at 5:24 pm #

    Hi check out our website.
    We are trainers and faciliators in a program called DRUMBEAT (an acronym for Discovering Relationships Using Music Beliefs Emotions Attitudes and Thoughts)
    It is a musical therapy program about discovering healthy relationships.
    You will see our training dates on the website. We have just completed our first American training and look to be going back there in October this year. Here in Australia we have over 2500 trained DRUMBEAT facilitators in several different organisations.
    Kind Regards
    Vanessa

    • Kat Fulton May 6, 2013 at 5:29 pm #

      Hi Vanessa,

      I *have* checked out your site, and congratulations on your great work! Thanks for reaching out to build relationships with music therapists.

      In the United States, one must be board-certified to be a music therapist, so make sure you’re not calling it “music therapy” over here unless you’ve got board-certified MTs doing the training. =)

      I am a HUGE supporter of drum circle facilitators, and I believe in the powerful work of RHYTHM. Congrats on all of your growth and prosperity! Looking forward to shaking your hand some day.

  10. Rachel Rotert August 1, 2013 at 12:18 pm #

    Hey Kat,

    I just stumbled upon this site, and I’m a big fan! I look forward to future posts.

    I definitely agree that there are more MT opportunities out there than there are MTs to fill them. The key is being courageous enough to go create those opportunities.

    Since I started my business three years ago, every contract I have acquired has been through networking with music therapy allies in my area. Right now, I live in a city with very few music therapists, but there are plenty of nurses, social workers, program directors, and hospital administrators that have become HUGE advocates for the music therapy field after meeting with me and seeing the results I get with clients.

    I think the key for new music therapists would be to identify ten or fifteen facilities that you would love to work for, research those places in depth, and establish relationships with clinical folks and decision makers that work in those facilities. That could lead to informational lunches where you talk about how cool music therapy is, formal interviews where you issue your program proposal to the folks in charge, and maybe even a few free sessions to allow the staff to see the beauty of music therapy in action. These steps will often make an impression and inspire the administrators to carve out a budget strong enough to keep you on board.

    Thanks again for the great post! Toodles!

  11. Draza Jansky August 14, 2013 at 11:36 am #

    I would follow Kat’s practical steps (as always!), and add an element of magic that has beautiful and real results.

    #5. Tune in to your inner vibrations around your true motivations, with the same skill you would use to listen to or analyze music. When you think of being a Music Therapist, or any particular job, Are you coming from fear or true desire? Feel into that. Are you coming from self-love, or a need to be recognized and validated?

    I notice that when I’m not being aligned with my true nature, and I’m acting from fear or desperation, the universe throws all kind of road blocks in my way to try to get me into integrity. Like clock-work :-) Once I’m in integrity, the opportunities really flow. I’m still refining this in myself, like everyone else, and it seems to really make a difference.

    • Kat Fulton August 16, 2013 at 4:20 pm #

      Draza- WISE as always =) Thanks for stopping by and casting your brilliance upon us! Your presence has a way of slowing me down and really listen to my gut. Thank you from my gut!

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