I feel like this year has gone by so incredibly quickly, but at the same time it seems like the events that took place at the beginning of 2019 were a lifetime ago. 

My life has changed so much in the past year. This time last year I was traveling to do all of my interviews for potential internship sites and gearing up for my final semester of undergrad. Today I am a board-certified music therapist in a fantastic practice, working with and for terrific people and clients. A lot of opportunities and blessings have come my way in 12 short months. 

As I reflect on the past year, I would love to share with you some of the most influential aspects of my year.

Completing My 4 Years of Music Therapy Coursework

For those of you who do not know, I attended Western Illinois University. I enjoyed those 4 years very much, but it definitely wasn’t easy. Becoming a music therapist is hard work! I completed my coursework and walked in commencement in May.

MTC Internship

I began my internship with Music Therapy Connections one week after walking in commencement. I learned from the best supervisors I could have ever asked for and grew so much. This was my dream internship and I will forever be thankful for it. If you would like to hear more about it, check out my previous blog posts. :)

Growing as a Musician

A big aspect of this career is music skills. Coming into my internship, I had very basic skills on piano and guitar. Through lessons and practice, my skills improved. I have always been fond of guitar, but now I’m absolutely shocked to say that I love playing piano! 

Beginning My Career at MTC

I am blessed to get to continue my dream by working as a full-time music therapist here at Music Therapy Connections. I was able to keep most of my caseload from internship as well as gained a few more clients. I am a little over a month in and could not be happier!

Becoming Emma Kovachevich, MT-BC

I passed the Board Certification Exam for Music Therapists on November 20. As other music therapists know, this can be a daunting test. You better believe I celebrated with A LOT of ice cream that night.

Loving Music Therapy

Throughout the past year, my love for this field has only grown. I can’t wait to see how music therapy will continue to impact others in 2020.

I want to thank all of you for supporting me over the last 7 months as I completed my internship and continue to grow into a new professional. Now, let’s get our party hats on and celebrate the new year! I don’t know about you, but I’m hoping the music of the Roaring 20s makes a reappearance this decade! 

How has your life changed this year? I would love to hear how you have grown!

Happy New Year!

Emma Kovachevich