Today's Therapist Spotlight features one of our newest team members, Allyson Clifton. Allyson joined Keys in January and has brought a lot of thoughtful creativity to the team and her clients!
Where did you go to school?
Ohio University in Athens, OH... Go Bobcats!
Why did you go into Music Therapy?
I was required to complete a career project my Freshman year of high school and started the project by googling "careers in music." I came across music therapy and knew immediately it was what I wanted to do. Music therapy has allowed me to foster both my interest in psychology and my love for music. Music therapy takes away the pressure of performing music, using it instead as a tool to empower others.
Favorite music-related quote?
"Music is a moral law. It gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, a charm to sadness, and life to everything."- Plato
What is your favorite part of being a music therapist?
My favorite part of being a music therapist is sharing the gift of music with others regardless of race, ethnicity, language, religion, gender identity or expression, age, ability, socioeconomic status or political affiliation. I love inviting my clients into a musical community, and providing them with the opportunity to participate in one of the most human experiences in life: making music.
Advice for a high school student interested in this career?
Contact local music therapists and observe them in action. Practice your instrument, sharpen your musical skills, and exercise your musical ear. Gain a solid understanding of what music therapy is and what it means to you! Try to be flexible, and comfortable with change, growth, and learning. Be prepared to work hard and begin implementing proper self-care techniques.
Favorite movie- Breakfast at Tiffany's
Favorite song- As of today, my favorite song is any song written by Francis and the Lights
Favorite accessory percussion instrument? Cabasa