Naomi Davis, MT-BC (Candidate)
How did you find out about music therapy as a profession?
“I first heard of music therapy as a sophomore in high school. A family friend had a stroke and started seeing a music therapist. Through her I had the chance to meet and shadow a couple of music therapists in my area and I remember feeling like something was being unlocked in me, like an "ah-ha" moment. It felt like a perfect marriage of the things that I loved, being with and building community with people and the purposeful use of music. That's what encouraged me to go to Colorado State University for my bachelor's in music therapy."
What are your hopes for music therapy in terms of equity, diversity, and cultural humility?
"The one hope that I have for our profession is that we can broaden our expectations of what is necessary to become a music therapist in order to increase access to the field. The gatekeeping that exists in this field not only bars so many incredible musicians and people from being able to enter this profession but it also prohibits folx, especially people of color, that might otherwise benefit from music therapy from accessing equitable services."
- Naomi Davis (@_naomi.gabrielle_)
Submitted in March 2021