A few weeks ago, we welcomed our newest intern at The George Center, Hannah Seger, to our team! As you might be aware, music therapists must complete a 6-month internship after completing their coursework in music therapy before their eligible to take the board exam.
Hannah dove right in to things here at The George Center, getting to know her clients and absorbing a whole lot of information. She was gracious enough to grant a few minutes with us to help you get to know her better!
Welcome to The George Center, Hannah! How did you first get into music therapy?
My first exposure to MT came completely by accident. When I was in high school I had originally told my piano teacher that I wanted to be a physical therapist for musicians. Several weeks later my piano teacher gave me an article about music therapy. Initially I was really annoyed because I thought she had misunderstood me and my future plans. However, I politely read the article and was completely blown away that there was such a thing. Furthermore I felt like I couldn’t have dreamt up a better job for me than music therapy. The article highlighted the University of Kansas and well…the rest is history.
Up to this point in your education, what has been your best “music therapy moment?”
I had the opportunity to work closely with a high school student who was blind and on the autism spectrum. This student faced many challenges throughout his typical day at school however, when he was engaged in music, the kid was on. The minute work tasks were structured musically it was as if a light bulb turned on in this student’s brain. For me, it was the greatest feeling to feel a part of watching someone, through music, achieve such incredible success and experience a sense of meaning within their life.
If you had to choose one instrument to master, what would it be?
Banjo! I love the folksy sound of the instrument but I find it super tough to play. Plus I just think it would be really cool to be able to rock out on a banjo like a boss aka Steve Martin.
Since you're helping out with our Intergenerational Rock Band, if you could pick any rocker, dead or alive, to appear as a guest artist at our group's concert, who would it be?
Stevie Wonder. I don’t know that I’d consider him a rocker but the man is a musical genius.
What’s your favorite band/musical artist?
I cross genres so much with music so it’s ridiculously hard to pin-point just one favorite band or artist. My major go-to’s include Nickel Creek, 2Pac, and a metal band called Children of Bodom …I know, I’m all over the place
What's the greatest concert you've ever been to?
The best concert I’ve ever gone to was a progressive rock group called Dream Theater. I literally thought my heart was going to beat out of my chest they were rocking so hard. I was 3 rows from the stage and never stopped smiling for a solid 3 hours. It was awesome!
When you’re not working hard as a music therapy intern, what do you do for fun?
I’m a total workout junkie. I enjoy doing extreme bootcamps, running, and hiking. I also love checking out vintage clothing at local thrift-shops, that is, as long as there’s no KU basketball game on – then I’m glued to the screen.
The stereo in your car breaks, and from now on it will only play ONE SONG on repeat anytime you drive anywhere. What song do you hope it is?
“Been a Long Day” from the musical How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying. I have such great memories of my sister and I singing that song together over and over when we were little girls. It doesn’t matter how many times I hear it I just love that song!
What are you most looking forward to about interning with The George Center?
The wide range of clientele at The George Center is truly an ideal experience for a young music therapist to develop a strong clinical foundation. I’m excited by this challenge to provide services across a variety of settings. In all, The George Center’s innovative spirit and passion for music therapy is completely infectious. It’s impossible to be here and not want to soak up all the knowledge and creativity this center has to offer.
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