Does the idea of a career spent helping others strike a note with you? What about a job devoted to your passion for music? You can combine these interests by majoring in music therapy. A music therapist uses music to build relationships with patients and address their cognitive, physical, emotional, social, and psychological needs.
While earning a music therapy major, you'll learn more about music theory and performance, human growth and development, and psychology. Eventually, you'll be prepared to evaluate and diagnose patients, develop a treatment plan for their condition, and implement it. Your courses will also get you accustomed to record-keeping in accordance with industry or state standards, abiding by professional ethics, and coping with patients who have a variety of psychological conditions. Though this career can be stressful, many professionals find it incredibly rewarding.
Career options will range widely. Some music therapists work in general or psychiatric hospitals, while others are in rehabilitation facilities or private practices. However, nursing homes, day care facilities, and community health agencies also employ music therapists. Depending on the setting of your work, you may be assigned patients with physical disabilities, psychological problems, or hearing and speech impediments.