Music Therapy Internship

  • Entry-level Requirements

    The student will need to have experiences at the undergraduate/graduate (basic) level so that these competencies (listed below) can be practiced, nurtured, fostered and matured: (From the AMTA competencies—Operational definitions of Competency at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, adapted from Landaker, M.J., 2007.) Audition & Interview is required to evaluate the student on these competencies. Students are not expected to be adept in every area of the following.

  • Music Foundations (To be demonstrated at beginning of fellowship)

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    Keyboard Skills

    Demonstrates the following functional abilities on the keyboard/piano:

    • Accompany self and groups proficiently.
    • Play basic chord progressions (I-IV-V-I) in several keys.
    • Sight-read simple compositions and song accompaniments.

    Guitar Skills

    Demonstrates the following functional abilities on the guitar:

    • Accompany self and groups proficiently.
    • Employ simple strumming and finger picking techniques.
    • Tune guitar using standard and other tunings.

    Voice Skills

    Demonstrates the following functional abilities using the voice:

    • Lead group singing by voice.
    • Communicate vocally with adequate volume (loudness).

    Percussion Skills

    Demonstrates the following functional abilities using hand percussion instruments/drum set:

    • Accompany self and groups proficiently.
    • Utilize basic techniques on several standard and ethnic instruments.

    Improvisation Skills

    Demonstrates ability to improvise on all aforementioned instruments as well as new instruments that will impact clinical outcomes:

    • Improvise on percussion instruments.
    • Develop original melodies, simple accompaniments, and short pieces extemporaneously in a variety of moods and styles, vocally and instrumentally.

  • Principles of Therapeutic Relationships and Therapy

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    Therapeutic Relationship

    • Demonstrate basic knowledge of the potentials, limitations, and problems of exceptional individuals.
    • Demonstrate basic knowledge of the causes and symptoms of major exceptionalities, and basic terminology used in diagnosis and classification.
    • Demonstrate basic knowledge of typical and atypical human systems and development (e.g. anatomical, physiological, psychological, social.)

    Principles of Therapy

    • Demonstrate basic knowledge of the dynamics and processes of a therapist-patient relationship.
    • Demonstrate basic knowledge of the dynamics and processes of therapy groups.
    • Recognize the impact of one's own feelings, attitudes, and actions on the patient and the therapy process.
    • Use oneself effectively in the therapist role in both individual and group therapy, e.g. appropriate self-disclosure, authenticity, empathy, etc. toward affecting desired behavioral outcomes.
    • Demonstrate awareness of one’s cultural heritage and socio-economic background and how these influence the perception of the therapeutic process.

  • Music Therapy Skills (To be demonstrated by the midpoint of internship)

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    Foundations and Principles

    • Demonstrate basic knowledge of existing music therapy methods, techniques, materials, and equipment with their appropriate applications.
    • Demonstrate basic knowledge of the purpose, intent, and function of music therapy for various patient populations.
    • Demonstrate basic knowledge of the use of current technologies in music therapy assessment, treatment, and evaluation.

    Patient Assessment

    • Communicate assessment findings and recommendations in written and verbal forms.
    • Observe and record accurately the patient’s responses to assessment.
    • Identify the patient’s therapeutic needs through an analysis and interpretation of music therapy and related assessment data.

    Treatment Planning

    • Select or create music therapy experiences that meet the patient’s objectives.
    • Formulate goals and objectives for individuals and group therapy based upon
      assessment findings.
    • Coordinate treatment plan with other professionals.

    Therapy Implementation

    (To be demonstrated throughout the second half of the internship.)

    • Demonstrates the ability to adapt and use any and every approach to best meet the needs of each individual patient and family we serve.
    • Create a physical environment (e.g. arrangement of space, furniture, equipment, and instruments) that is conducive to effective therapy.
    • Recognize significant changes and patterns in the patient's response to therapy.
    • Design and implement methods for evaluating and measuring patient progress and the effectiveness of therapeutic strategies.

  • Music therapy deals with the unique issues that each patient and family presents.