Therapist Spotlight: Julie Perley, MT-BC

Today's Therapist Spotlight features one of our newest team members, Julie Perley. Julie joined Keys in August; she brings a great creative energy to the team and her clients!

Where did you go to school?

Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI



Galesburg, MI- it’s a small city outside Kalamazoo


Primary Instrument?



Why did you go into Music Therapy?

I pursued music therapy because I’ve always had a passion for music. Growing up with four siblings who all played instruments and had a love for music inspired me to find a career where I could use music to help others. This led me into researching the music therapy profession and discovering how I can make an impact in my community.


Favorite music-related quote?

"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything."- Plato


What is your favorite part of being a music therapist?

Watching my clients grow, improve, and succeed is the best part about being a music therapist. I love seeing excitement from clients when they accomplish a new task. It also brings me so much joy whenever I can share in musical experience with other people. It is truly a life-changing experience.


Advice for a high school student interested in this career?

If you have a passion for helping others accomplish their dreams and goals, as well as a love for music, then music therapy is the perfect career. Don’t be intimidated by the variety of instruments music therapists use; everything is taught to you as you progress through the program. Practice hard and never give up. If this is truly your passion, you will find a way to succeed. And don’t forget to make a lot of friends who are also pursuing music therapy, as they will be your network, idea board, and support throughout your journey. Have faith and go for it!


Some Favorites!

Favorite movie- The Harry Potter series

Favorite song- Viva la Vida- Coldplay

Favorite accessory percussion instrument? Egg shakers!

Favorite color- Purple

Favorite activity- Hiking