When the Performer Becomes a Music Therapist: How to Integrate Two Worlds

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Jaclyn Bradley Palmer conducted the largest music therapy study in history to research live music in the operating area. She is also a singer-songwriter who has appeared on MTV, VH1, The Voice of Holland and Ireland’s Got Talent.

Many music therapists begin as performers. This presentation explains how being a performer can both help and hinder a music therapy practice and explains how the practitioner can merge two worlds into a successful practice.

Participants will identify the aspects of music performance that will be an asset to a music therapy practice (stage presence, talent/skill, instincts, use of performance with clients) and that which may need to shift (audience vs client, differences in presentation, differences in goals, delivery). They will also gain insight on how one can enjoy and be successful in both worlds.