Kacie Walker, MT-BC

Kacie Walker, MT-BC has been a board-certified music therapist at Voices Together since 2014. She strives to create a warm, safe, and engaging space in her therapy sessions, where her clients feel encouraged and empowered to grow. She has a deep interest in early childhood intervention and neurodevelopmental disorders.

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

Before being able to practice music therapy, you have to have a bachelor’s degree in music therapy at an AMTA accredited university, complete an AMTA approved internship after college, and pass the CBMT exam.

I completed my Bachelor’s of Music in Music Therapy at Appalachian State University in May of 2013. My internship was at Florida State Hospital in Chattahoochee, FL. There I received a wide range of training, including working with adults with mental illness, conducting music therapy in a forensic lock-down unit, and hospice work. After finishing my clinical internship in March of 2014, I moved back to my hometown, Asheville, NC, and began studying for the CBMT exam.  I passed the exam in July 2014 and started my career as a board certified music therapist.

Q: How long have you been practicing music therapy?

I have been a practicing music therapist since I started working with Voices Together in August 2014. That’s a little over 3 years.

Q: What do you love about music therapy?

I love music therapy because it’s challenging, rewarding, and I get to grow along with each and every one of my clients. It’s building a relationship through music and opening up endless possibilities for people to achieve their goals.  On top of all that, I get to laugh, truly and genuinely, every single day. Being a music therapist is just as fun as it is challenging.

Q: Do you have a preferred population? Why?

I welcome working with any population, as there is much to be learned from all of them. Currently I have an interest in early childhood and neurodevelopmental disorders.  This year, with the help of the Strowd Roses grant, I have been developing the Voices Together program to better suit the needs of our younger clients. I also am very excited about opening up our practice to individual music therapy, as well.  I work with a few individuals diagnosed with neurodevelopmental disorders, and it has been fascinating meeting each individual and seeing how music plays a role in their development.

Q: What do you enjoy about working at Voices Together?

What I enjoy most about Voices Together is watching our clients not only accomplish their goals, but attain newfound confidence, friends, and the ability to advocate for themselves in the process.  We are lucky to have many of our clients for years, and watching them grow during that time is an inspiration.

I am also thankful that Voices Together provides a great deal of support to their music therapists. Everything is a possibility! If I decide to work with a different population, or develop a new technique, or even try a new marketing strategy, I have a whole team of passionate co-workers who are ready to support me.  If we have the funds and the client base, anything can happen!

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

I am a bit of a dabbler when it comes to my hobbies outside of work. My past hobbies have included growing my own tulip garden, caring for a pet beta fish (who lived for 3 years! R.I.P. Philson), yoga, and learning about traditional Chinese medicine. My current hobbies are vegan cooking, increasing my knowledge of Hip Hop, and listening to every episode of the Hidden Brain podcast.  It is also a big dream of mine to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail, so hiking has been an interest of mine for a long time.

When I’m not doing some of the things listed above, I’m probably cuddling my boxer/lab mix, Ella, on the couch, watching Netflix, and eating something delicious.

 

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