The Music Therapy Profession: Inspiring Health, Wellness, and Joy
by: Christine Korb
About the author
Christine Korb, MM, MT-BC, director of music therapy at Pacific University, has made a significant contribution to the world of music and music therapy. In addition to many years of clinical experience, she has experience as a composer, author, researcher, book reviewer, and presenter. She has presented at various American Music Therapy Association Conferences, the 2002 World Federation of Music Therapy Conference in Oxford, the Healing Symposium of the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival in 2004, and the World Federation of Music Therapy Conference in Buenos Aires in 2008. She is a frequent book reviewer for the journal The Arts in Psychotherapy. Her research on dementia of the Alzheimer’s type appears in the 1997 Canadian Journal of Music Therapy. She received a grant from the Helen Bader Foundation to conduct this research while employed at the VA Medical Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She is the author of the rhythm-based violence prevention project for children, The Drum Trail Project. Her current research, The Soul Song Project, is a ten-year longitudinal investigation to determine the effects of singing in choirs on participants’ mood, stress, and energy levels. She has written many children’s and folk songs, including the published choral work for women’s voices, “Namaste,” which premiered in Poland. A trip to Brazil’s Amazon River inspired her instrumental ensemble piece, “Dusk on the Amazon,” in which instruments imitate the animal and bird sounds emanating from this rich and endangered territory. Because teaching future music therapists has become her way of life during the past sixteen years, Chris no longer composes or writes as frequently-her students have become her compositions in real-time. She is grateful and continually inspired to do the work of a music therapist and educator.
About the book
Many musicians, music students, and general music lovers are curious about the field of music therapy — the who, what, where, and how. This book provides a general overview of the profession, and it includes 26 audition essays, written by former students, confirming their motivation to “do good in the world through music.” A career in music therapy combines their love of music with the desire to be of service to others.
This book offers both the pragmatic reasons and “feel good” aspects that inspire people to enter this fulfilling profession.
September 4, 2019