This presentation will give a brief overview of what music therapy is, what schooling/credentials are needed to become a board-certified music therapist, and how music therapy looks specifically in a pediatric hospital setting.
Katie Rushlow is a Board-Certified Music therapist (MT-BC) who has worked at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital for the last 4 years. Katie grew up in northern Michigan singing in talent shows, choirs, and musical theatre productions. She learned about the music therapy career path in one of her college Gen Ed classes and was accepted into Western Michigan University’s School of Music. With her main instrument being voice, Katie continued to participate in private voice lessons and was a part of the collegiate choir. During her undergraduate course work, she became proficient in piano, guitar, ukulele, and several percussion instruments. Katie completed her 6-month post-grad internship at Advocate Children’s Hospital in south side Chicago and then passed her Board Certification Exam. Prior to Helen DeVos, Katie worked for a brief time with Franciscan Life Process Center, Spectrum Health Butterworth, and Hospice of Michigan. Over the last 5 years as a professional music therapist, she has had experience working in special education classrooms, long-term facilities for people with Dementia, rehab centers, neonatal intensive care units, hematology/oncology units, home care, and various outpatient units.
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