WAU Music Therapy Program Announces Inaugural Student Interns

Written by: Dr. Alicia Barksdale

Recently, the WAU Music Therapy Program faculty proudly announced the first students who began clinical music therapy internships. The music therapy internship is the final phase of training for a Bachelor of Music Therapy degree or equivalency and is a six-month full-time commitment, in accordance with American Music Therapy Association certification requirements. Music Therapy Equivalency Program student Sarah Monroe and Bachelor of Music Therapy student Angelie Redondo are the first WAU students to enter the internship phase of training since WAU’s Music Therapy Program began in 2019. Professor Amy Bliss Tenney, Music Therapy Clinical Coordinator at WAU, stated, “It has been an honor to work with these students in their clinical journeys so far, in practicums with three different clinical populations where the students spent 180 hours or more in supervised music therapy work to prepare for this.”

Sarah Monroe is interning at the prestigious Children’s National Medical Center in Washington DC. She was selected among applicants throughout North America for this highly competitive position. She will be working with pediatric patients with Hematology/Oncology diagnoses as well as patients undergoing Bone Marrow Transplants, as part of the psychosocial treatment team at Children’s National.

Angelie Redondo is interning at Hospital Infantil Concejo de Medellin in Antioquia, Colombia. This internship opportunity was developed and facilitated by WAU music therapy faculty, Dr. Cindybet Perez-Martinez, in response to Angelie’s commitment to service in her local community within her home country. Dr. Perez notes that both interns possess the qualities required for a music therapist: musical talent and intellect, but also heart.

WAU boasts the only music therapy program in the state of Maryland and in the entire Adventist tertiary system in North America.