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Music Therapy Intern Grace Nowak

Grace Nowak

Music Therapy Intern 

Experience

Grace had the opportunity to lead music therapy sessions during her clinical experiences for a variety of populations including Alzheimer’s and dementia patients, victims of domestic violence, and children with intellectual and developmental challenges. She co-treated with a music therapist for children with autism and Down syndrome.

Areas of Interest

Grace has interest in autism spectrum disorder, developmental disabilities, neurological disorders, neuroscience and research, and mental illnesses. She has had clinical experience using Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT), and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and is excited to learn more about those techniques. Grace’s main instrument is piano and she had 16 years of classical piano training. She taught herself guitar and has been playing for 8 years, with 1 year of classical guitar training and 1 year of classical voice training.

Why Grace Wants to Become a Music Therapist

Grace always knew she wanted to pursue a career in music but she also has always had a passion for helping others. She was torn between becoming a therapist or a classical pianist when she was introduced to music therapy during her junior year of high school. After observing a music therapist, she instantly fell in love with music therapy and has pursued it as a career ever since. She was inspired by the powerful impact music has on people and the importance it has in developing therapeutic relationships.

Education

Grace completed her undergraduate coursework at Mercyhurst University in Erie, PA. She will receive her Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy degree with a minor in Psychology upon completion of her internship. She then plans to become a Music Therapist Board Certified (MT-BC) after passing the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) exam. She also wants to complete training in Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT).

Grace Nowak

Music Therapy Intern