Performing in Vocal Jazz Ensemble (Junior Year)

Fun Facts and a Few Things I’ve Learned so Far

Hello everyone!

I hope you have had another amazing week! I had a great week at MTC. It’s crazy to think that I am finishing up my 10th week of internship! 
This week I want to lighten up the blog a bit. I’ll tell you a little bit more about myself as well as summarize a few points that I’ve learned in the first ⅓ of my internship!

I wrote an intro blog post a few months ago, but I didn’t really go deep into much information about myself. I thought it would be cool to share some fun facts that you maybe don’t know!

Here it goes:

I’m from a western suburb of Chicago, but I can count on one hand how many times I’ve actually been to the city.

I’m definitely not a city girl. Lots of my friends go to Chicago for the day just for fun, but it’s never really interested me, unless it’s for a musical, of course.

My primary instrument is voice.

I sang in University Singers, Madrigal Singers, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, and Concert Choir throughout my 4 years at Western Illinois.

I’ve also dabbled in a little bit of oboe.

You know how in fourth grade you get the exciting opportunity to pick a band instrument? Well, I picked oboe. I played it 4th-8th grade and then picked it up again for band my junior year of high school. I haven’t touched it since, so please don’t ask me to play you anything.

I’m very clumsy.

It’s really quite amazing that I’ve never broken a bone. I’m the person who trips over cracks in the sidewalk. 

I didn’t know I wanted to study music therapy until the second semester of my senior year of high school.

I know, that’s cutting it pretty close. I had to decide between music therapy and athletic training, and I am so happy with my decision.

Alright, now let’s get to a few things I’ve learned so far at MTC! These aren’t all necessarily things that are specific to music therapy. I feel like I have grown so much as a music therapist and as a person these last 10 weeks. I’ve written about some of these points in previous blog posts, but I find it beneficial to remind myself of these things over and over again. 

Get out of your head.

I’ve learned that my mind is my best friend AND my biggest enemy. The brain stores so much information that is so useful. I spend too much time in my head which makes me second guess myself. It’s easier said than done, but I have to get out of my head in order to be the best therapist I can be.

Go with your gut.

This kind of goes along with getting out of your head. If you aren’t sure what to do, go with your gut. It’s usually right.

We are all still learning.

I will never know it all, and that’s okay. It’s important to recognize that you don’t know it all, but also be confident in what you know so far.

Be yourself and decide what works best for you.

Getting to have 4 different supervisors is such a blessing. I get to learn from 4 different people with 4 different experiences. Every MT has their own philosophy of music therapy, their own background, and different “expertise.” It’s okay to be different. Don’t mold yourself after one person.

Have fun!

If you aren’t having fun, why are you doing what you’re doing? Live in the moment, do the silly things, and don’t take yourself too seriously. 

I’ve completed ⅓ of my internship! I enjoyed being more laid back this week with the blog, and I hope you enjoyed reading it! I would love to hear how other interns are enjoying their internships as well. So if you have something to add or share, please do!

Have a great week!

Emma Kovachevich