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  • Mai Abe, MT-BC

My Journey to Music Therapy

Growing up, I never thought I would be where I am right now. I always wanted to be a performer: first on Broadway, then as a classical orchestral musician. When I found out that I had been accepted into my dream music conservatory for college, I was ecstatic. Little did I know that just a year into the program I would no longer find any joy from performing. It was a hard pill to swallow: what am I going to do now? What do I even like to do?


Luckily for me, I discovered music therapy right as I was about to give up on music altogether. My journey to music therapy helped me remember why I loved performing in the first place: because creating music is fun and a natural way of expressing yourself. Becoming a music therapist showed me that the biggest obstacle in performing for me was the fear of vulnerability in my music.

It’s taken me up until this past year to allow myself to create music in a more compassionate way, without worrying whether it’s “good”. It’s still something that I have to remind myself from time to time. As music therapists, we constantly ask our clients to be open and try things they may never have done before. I am so lucky to be able to work with people who are willing to be vulnerable, and they show me every day that there’s nothing to be afraid of.


In the spirit of vulnerability and courage, I wanted to start this YouTube channel to advocate for and demystify music therapy. I hope to be a resource for students, interns, and professionals alike, as well as for those who are just looking into what music therapy is!


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