Stephanie Miller began playing the piano in kindergarten and has been singing in choirs since the fourth grade. Music has been a part of her life for as long as she can remember.
It was only natural that her love for music would lead her to pursue a career in the field; however, she wasn’t sure the best way to apply her passion for music to her professional life. After earning a bachelor’s degree in music at another university, Miller began researching graduate programs. She soon discovered music therapy – a profession in which music is used within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive and social needs of individuals. It was a perfect fit for Miller.
“I wanted to pursue a career that I could be passionate about,” she said. “I’ve always had an interest in counseling, so I decided the best path for me was to combine both my areas of interest – music and therapy.”
Radford University is one of only two universities in Virginia to offer an American Music Therapy Association-approved master’s degree in music therapy. After speaking with alumni, talking with professors, and researching the program, Miller quickly realized Radford University’s music therapy program was the best choice for her.
“Radford was my first choice for graduate school,” she said. “I think it is great that the university offers such a rich and prestigious master’s program. It has an outstanding reputation and is providing me with invaluable experiences that will prepare me well to enter the field of music therapy.”
After completing her master’s degree, Miller intends to pursue a career as a music therapist. Her goal is to work in a private practice with people who suffer from substance abuse and addiction.