WOW! What a stellar year!
For me personally, 2011 was the year of transitions. In January, as a 43-year-old single mother of two older boys (ages 12 & 10), I gave birth to another baby boy. The end of June found me unemployed, but luckily, I qualified for unemployment. In August we moved home to Oregon where we belong. And, late in the year, quite recently actually, I decided to start a private practice, Milestone Music Therapy. Though this year has had challenges, trials, and angst, it was one of my happiest ever. I learned so much about myself and was able to transform negative experiences to positive. I find myself content and pleased with life in general at the end of what some would say was a tumultuous year.
2011 was a great year for the field of music therapy! My friend and colleague, Rachel See Smith, has compiled a chronological list of music therapy in the media in 2011. To see the list, go to: http://musictherapyservices.net/2011-the-year-of-music-therapy-in-the-media/ Thanks Rachel for compiling this extensive list. There were several local news stories across the country as well. When I entered the field as a new music therapist 19 years ago I had to explain what music therapy was constantly. Now, it is rare that I have to do that. For the most part, people recognize what I do for a living and think it’s cool. What a lovely time for the field!
Also, for over 15 years I have claimed that what I do is train, re-train and even re-wire the brain using music. Finally, in 2011, great research is showing that I was right! (I love being right!) Music therapy is being recognized by good neuroscience. So reassuring. I love being a music therapist!!!
So, as 2011 comes to a close, I look back in appreciation for ALL that it was. I hope that 2011 was great for you as well. By great, I mean that you: experienced success, experienced trials, learned something(s) new, lived, breathed, loved and were loved. May 2012 bring wonderful new trials, transformation, opportunities, experiences, relationships, and love to us all.