Hailey Kater, MT-BC

Hailey has a passion for working with individuals with special needs and fostering the growth of each client. Her diverse experience working with early intervention, special education and adult enrichment programs makes her a perfect fit for our team. She is a strong advocate for the power of music therapy and believes deeply in our mission.

Q: What are the qualifications for becoming a music therapist and how did you attain them?
In order to become a board-certified music therapist, you need to receive a Bachelor’s Degree or higher from a music therapy program accredited by the American Music Therapy Association. After this coursework, you are required to complete a six-month internship and pass the board certification exam.

I graduated in May of 2017 from Queens University of Charlotte, with a major in Music Therapy and minors in Psychology and Spanish. After graduation, I completed a year-long internship at Mary Cariola Children’s Center in Rochester, New York, providing music therapy services for students with complex disabilities. I couldn’t have imagined a more wonderful place to intern!

Q: What do you love about music therapy?
There are so many things that I love about music therapy! It’s hard to name just one. I love its creative potential. It’s so versatile and there are so many exciting ways to address goals; the possibilities are basically endless! Music is naturally motivating, organizing, and non-threatening— therefore the perfect medium to uniquely address any need.

I also love the fact that music therapy is inherently relationship-based. The therapist and the clients naturally work together to create a therapeutic relationship, which then becomes the foundation for so much progress, trust, and encouragement. Through this, we can grow and learn from each other.

Q: Do you have a preferred population? Why?
I love all populations for their unique qualities, but I’ve come to have a special passion for individuals with special needs— especially children and adolescents. In a world where their voices can often go unheard, it is so important to provide a space and relationship where they can be listened to and validated. The energy and joy that children carry with them is so refreshing and exciting to have in a session; plus, I can be silly with them and they’ll be silly right along with me! With adolescents, I love helping them be their most creative and courageous selves; adolescence is such a difficult time, so I love how music therapy can provide a safe space for teens to express themselves and grow in confidence. Also, figuring out “cool” ways to approach therapy for adolescents is always a fun challenge!

Q: What do you enjoy about working at Voices Together as an organization and your role at Voices Together?
I love the emphasis that Voices Together places on validating our clients’ thoughts and feelings, and encouraging them to self-advocate. So often in leading music therapy sessions, it’s easy to get caught up in the “leader” role and my responsibilities as the head of the group. Voices Together completely turns this around, giving the power to the individuals in the group to lead the session, while I simply facilitate the structure. This gives everyone an equally important voice and opportunity to express themselves.

Q: What other interests do you have outside music therapy?
Some of my hobbies include making art, running, exploring, finding new coffee shops, and spending time with friends and family. I love working on DIY or crafty projects, but I’m also intensely organized— so you can probably find me either making a mess or cleaning one up. I’m currently obsessed with The Office, but sad because I’m on the last season. If you want to know more about my nerdy side, talk to me about theology/faith, logic, C.S. Lewis, or Harry Potter!

Happy musicking!



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