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Yuji Igari - Japan
I love the graduate music therapy program here at Radford University. You can take the level one training in the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (GIM) as a class. The Director of the Music Therapy Program, Professor Jim Borling, is a 'Fellow' of the Association for Music and Imagery (AMI) and an Endorsed Trainer in the Bonny Method. By participating in this experiential class it gave me the concrete picture of what GIM is and allowed me to feel the power of this dynamic treatment modality.
Further, you can gain in-depth skills and knowledge in verbal processing in a music therapy context by taking not only the music therapy curriculum focusing on the theory and technique of verbal processing but also coursework from the graduate Counseling Education Program on campus.
You also have the opportunity to create your own clinical practicum site in order to gain real life music therapy experience. Through this process, you can focus your studies in the area you are most interested in. If you are interested in the insight oriented music therapy or music counseling, this is the school to go to.
Additionally, I was awarded the Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) position which is based on my professional experience and certification (MT-BC), even though I am Japanese. This GTA position has helped to pay for the tuition and saved me some money! It is a great program and I highly recommend it.
Nara Cavalcanti - Brazil
Having the opportunity to further my studies and knowledge in a different country motivated me to pursue the Corporate and Professional Communication graduate program. It combines theory and practice, allowing students to experience the real world, develop their knowledge, and improve their skills. The professors are helpful and knowledgeable. They are able to provide opportunities related to academic studies and also to the workforce. This has been a wonderful new learning experience and a great opportunity for my professional career.
Igor Ogrizek - Croatia
I am coming from Croatia, a small European country. For me, attending Radford's graduate program was a logical decision after seeing the campus and contacting the faculty. Everyone seemed to be nice and friendly.
I played tennis for RU for four years and it was something that helped me to polish my working habits. It was an unforgettable experience and that is why I chose to stay here for the graduate program. The men’s tennis assistant position is just a great opportunity to learn from the head coach. On the other hand, graduate school helps to achieve academic excellence in business area through the MBA program. The new College of Business and Economic building is fabulous. Students here have something that most of the schools in the States don’t have. Outstanding faculty with small classes is why RU MBA is one of the best in the country. Undergraduate experience was also great; project based Computer Science program is desired from Employers’ side. The program gave me practical skills and the opportunity to learn more just because of low teacher per students’ ratio. All this wouldn’t be possible without an excellent international department. They are offering great service and they are willing to help in any situation. Mrs. Teresa King makes all international issues solvable. Overall, Radford University is a great place to join social and academic life together.