Meng-Ying (Alice) Lee

Meng-Ying (Alice) has a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Therapy and joined our team from Taiwan. She presents a natural therapeutic presence of openness to her clients. She implements her cultural diversity skills acquired from working with people from all over the world to be more sensitive to her clients’ needs and to help her clients grow as individuals.

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

A board certification in music therapy requires a bachelor’s degree in music therapy from an accredited university followed by a six-month internship. When the student completes the necessary coursework and internship, the final step is to pass the board certification exam before being certified to practice.

I acquired my bachelor’s degree in music therapy at Texas Woman’s University and completed my clinical internship at Ysleta Independent School District in El Paso, Texas. During my internship, I was able to practice creativity and sensitivity in my work with students with autism spectrum disorders and developmental disabilities. The clinical skills and experiences I have received from professionals in my music therapy training have played a key role in shaping me to become a professional music therapist.

Q: What do you love about music therapy?

Music is a universal language. No matter where we come from, we can all communicate through music. Music is such a powerful language. I love working with individuals to improve their quality of life and seeing their transformations to becoming more holistic individuals. That’s what makes music therapy so unique and meaningful to me.

Q: Do you have a preferred population? Why?

I love working with people who have special needs – specifically with children. As children begin their life journey, they have to face challenges and changes in every stage in their lives. If we can help them to develop important life skills and awareness of their needs at a young age, it would all the more beneficial for the children and their families.

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

Voices Together is an organization that cares for people with special needs. The structure of the program focuses on helping individuals reach their maximum potential. I am thankful to have the opportunity to work at Voices Together and I am honored to be a part of its vision in my role as a music therapist.

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

In my free time, I love to jam with friends and play a variety of styles of music. I also love to travel and especially enjoy visiting national parks. Cooking is one of my personal therapy times, and I enjoy trying out new recipes. I also enjoy making traditional Taiwanese food, which is wonderful to eat and can often help keep me from getting homesick.

 

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