hoW music sPeaks healing and hoPe By Rachel Ferguson , mm, mt-Bc, nicu-mt The Voice Box Last month we spoke at length about what music therapy is, and who it benefits… before we leave the topic of music therapy, I’d like to spend a little time on who Music Therapists are, and what differentiates us from “music volunteers.” Music Therapists have earned either a bachelor’s degree or equivalent, or a Master’s degree in the field of music therapy. After the completion of their degree program (which includes coursework, clinical practicum, and often research), they perform a six-month clinical internship and then take a Board Certification Exam. These three criteria: college degree, clinical internship and board certification lead to the designation of Music Therapist—Board Certified, or MT-BC. If you don’t see these credentials at the end of someone’s name, they are not a music therapist. You see, music therapists are not just sweet guys or gals making pretty music for someone who’s not feeling well. They are highly qualified therapists who are also trained musicians, and they are part of the team of service providers working to treat the client. To learn more about finding a Board Certified Music Therapist in your area, visit the website of the American Music Therapy Association, www.musictherapy.org. Finally, with the holiday season nearly upon us, I am so happy to tell you that I have found a church home/ community with which I will celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas. For the past month, I have been worshipping and singing with a wonderful choir at a local church. I look forward to sharing more about this experience with you and why it is a great fit for me, but for now, let me just say that it feels so good to sing for God’s glory with a body of believers and fellow worshippers. I look forward to sharing the holidays with this incredible group, and I hope that you have a community to share your celebrations with as well. Who Music therapists really are… and Who they aren’t CCM 63