How do I know this is the right thing?
Spend the time to research and explore Music Therapy as a good fit for you before investing your time and money in a degree. Often people make this choice before ever visiting or volunteering in a real clinical setting or environment. Most Music Therapists enter the field due to their music experience but have had very little exposure to clinical work. I strongly recommend volunteering at your local hospital, nursing home, development center, school, day care, etc. Most music therapists leave the field after three years of clinical practice largely due to not having a realistic expectation of what it is like being a clinician. The other area of importance is clear financial expectations and planning. Setup for yourself conversations with clinicians in areas you believe you would like to work. Study average salary ranges in these areas. Begin to have conversations with people you trust about what type of lifestyle you want to be living in 3-5, 5-10 and 10-20 years. If this type of lifestyle fits comfortably within the average salary range of a Music Therapist in your area, you have a stronger likelihood of staying in and building a sustainable career in Music Therapy. Be clear in your planning. Do you desire to stay in clinical work; pursue academic and collegiate positions; or progress into administrative, management or business areas? Salary potential will be influenced by your planning in these three areas.