Katie Muir, MT-BC, ECE

Katie Muir, MT-BC, ECE (Early Childhood Educator), is a board certified music therapist with Voices Together where she utilizes her music and clinical skills to implement creative and motivating music experiences, in order to serve others and improve quality of life.

Q: What are the qualifications for a music therapist and how did you obtain them?

I earned my four-year Bachelor’s Degree in Music Therapy at Appalachian State University in August of 2016. This degree required four years of coursework and six months of a clinical internship, which I completed at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Upon completion of my internship and my degree, I put my professional dream on hold to marry my best friend and settle in Raleigh. In June of 2017 I sat for and earned my certification, which is required to practice as a music therapist.

Along with my music therapy certification, I am a Certified Early Childhood Educator. I worked as an Assistant and Lead Preschool teacher for ten months at a local private preschool in Cary. I earned this certification through my coursework at Appalachian, as well as an online course through Stanley Community College.

Q: How long have you been a practicing music therapy?

I am a practicing music therapist with Voices Together and joined in the summer of 2017.

Q: What do you love about music therapy?

What do I love about music therapy? This is never an easy question to answer. There are so many aspects to music therapy and it is always evolving, which means I am constantly learning and that is amazing. But the thing I love the most about music therapy would be helping others reach their goals through a unique, motivating, and expressive art that is personalized to meet the client where they are in life. I could seriously go on about everything that I would love abou music therapy, but you are reading a short biography, not a 300-page novel.

Q: Do you have a preferred population? Why?

Yes, I do have a preferred population. My preferred population is pediatrics, specifically I enjoy working with children with neurological/developmental disabilities in a hospital setting. Living life with a disability is already difficult, but once you’re admitted to a hospital it becomes immensely more difficult. Music therapy offers a safe, creative, and fun environment to assist in normalizing a child’s life, as well as the opportunity to redirect a child’s attention from a painful procedure or address physiological needs prior to a procedure. Music therapy also provides an outlet for emotional expression that cannot always be provided by a medical team, as well as address needs that are seen outside of the hospital, which are not always a priority in the hospital.

Q: What you enjoy about working at Voices Together as an organization and your role at Voices Together?

I still consider myself a new employee at Voices Together so I am still learning the ropes, but so far I enjoy how dedicated this company is to serving the communities in the Triangle. Not everyone realizes it, but there are numerous people in this area that need and would greatly benefit from music therapy. Voices Together does an incredible job reaching out and meeting new contracts where they are. I am just beginning the outreach process, but I am excited to get more involved and help expand this company.

Q: What other interest do you have outside music therapy?

Outside of music therapy, I serve with my church in the children/students branch. I also teach beginner piano lessons and instruct a music class for toddlers and parents to increase bonding in a predictable, fun environment, and work on fine tuning motor skills through music.

A huge part of being a music therapist is self-care and I love some “me time.” I enjoy being with my husband in my down time. We love working out, being outdoors, cooking, watching movies/Netflix, and hanging out with family and friends. I am a Charleston native, so we love going to down there and getting as many beach days as possible as we spend time with my family, even in the winter. We also enjoy traveling and adventuring to new places.

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