Hannah Yanik, MT-BC

Hannah Yanik, MT-BC, is a board-certified music therapist who is excited to serve the clients of Voices Together. She utilizes her diverse experiences of working with people with special needs and strives to enable clients to be empowered through their own choices.

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, a Bachelor’s Degree is obtained from an accredited university, a six-month internship is completed, and the board certification exam must be passed.

I acquired my Bachelor’s Degree in Music Therapy at Appalachian State University, as well as acquired a minor in Psychology. My clinical internship was completed at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri.  During my internship, I was able to expand my clinical skills in working with pre-term infants in the NICU all the way to adolescents dealing with neurological pain disorders, and everyone in between!

Q: What do you love about music therapy?

I love that music therapy provides a flexible, open space for clients to be successful in ways that might not come as easily in everyday life. By providing this space and opportunity for our clients we are able to see how capable and unique they are! The moments where a client is encouraged, speaks for the first time, or makes a connection with another client are the moments that drive my passion for music therapy.

Q: Do you have a preferred population? Why?

My favorite population to work with is people with special needs.  I learn so much from people who have different challenges and talents, and I am encouraged to grow as a person and professional through these experiences.  I have a special place in my heart for children with autism spectrum disorder as one of my first jobs was working at Camp G.R.A.C.E., a YMCA based camp for children with special needs where children with autism truly impacted the way I see the world and consider how others perceive it.  I have so much respect for those with special needs, and I find it truly an honor to serve them through practicing music therapy, as well as in non-clinical settings.

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

I enjoy working with the wide variety of clients that Voices Together serves.  We provide services to an expansive age range of clients who have varying abilities and gifts!  I am thrilled to be a part of a non-profit organization in the Triangle area where there are many innovative projects and ideas being put into action to serve people with special needs.  I’m excited to take on several school groups, as I love being immersed in the classroom and assisting in students reaching their communication, social, and emotional goals.  The community groups are truly a joy as the relationships foster such a supportive environment for the adults in the program.

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

In my free time, I love to be outside hiking, running, or exploring a new part of North Carolina (or returning to the mountains or the beach!)  I love to try out a new healthy recipe or just make a really good chocolate dessert.  I am interested in furthering my involvement in the community through service as I have just returned to Raleigh from traveling around NC and beyond! I’m excited to be back as I love North Carolina and all that it has to offer.

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