Meet Shiann!

Shiann Melville, MT-BC (Candidate)

How did you find out about music therapy as a profession?

“Hi! I’m Shiann and I’m a music therapy intern from Trinidad and Tobago and currently living in Rochester NY.

I learned about music therapy as a junior while completing my undergraduate BFA degree. I was selected as one of the student teaching artists to work with at least two special education schools to prepare students for an annual music festival for people with disabilities. We were supervised by a music therapist and it was then I learned of music therapy and became interested in pursuing a music therapy degree.


What are your hopes for music therapy in terms of equity, diversity, and cultural humility?

"I would like to see music therapy education be more universally culture-centered, educating music therapy students not only about western music but music of different parts of the world. I believe it is essential in music therapy practice to have knowledge of the music and musical instruments of other cultures as well as utilizing them appropriately because we will be working with clients of several different cultures.”


- Shiann Melville (

Submitted in December 2020


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