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2015 Spotlight on Resounding Joy Music Therapist Aida Sanchez

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Aida Sanchez, MT–BC

Interview by Haley Asturias
Resounding Joy Marketing and Development Intern

Board-certified music therapist Aida Sanchez shares her journey to becoming a music therapist and why she loves being a part of Resounding Joy. Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Aida came to the United States in 2008 and began her music therapy studies at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. However, she explains, she found music therapy in a very unique way. “I stumbled upon music therapy. I didn’t know I wanted to be a music therapist. When I moved to the United States, I was recruited to be a part of a bowling team at a school in Texas, and I said there is no way that I would go unless the school had music.” I saw that they offered music therapy, and as soon as I saw that, I knew that it was what I wanted to do.”

Music therapists at Resounding Joy are known for their many musical abilities and talents. Aida shared that her primary instrument is her voice. “As you’re studying music therapy, you have to be competent in a certain number of instruments, one of them being guitar,” Aida said. “I consider myself the best at singing, and second best would be my guitar playing. I can take both my voice and my guitar anywhere with me.”

Aida was introduced to Resounding Joy in 2014 through her clinical internship with MusicWorx Inc.» This opportunity allowed her to gain hands-on experience in music therapy. “Resounding Joy quickly opened up the doors to lots of different populations and lots of different experiences in a very short period of time,” Aida said. “I have always known the clinical side of music therapy, but actually being able to practice it has been a gift.”

Aida is the program coordinator of the Resounding Joy Mindful Music program, which uses supportive music to enrich the physical and mental wellbeing of older adults. “Through this program, I definitely have seen the power of music and how it positively impacts our older adults,” she said. “Older adults are an underserved population, so I am very glad to be a part of Mindful Music.”

Aida is hopeful that Resounding Joy will, one day, be able to promote wellbeing through music therapy around the world. “I think that is very important for everyone all over the world to know that Resounding Joy is an amazing organization that has the potential to reach individuals worldwide,” Sanchez said. “Spread the word, tell everyone about Resounding Joy, check out our website», call us. Resounding Joy is a flexible organization that is always open to new opportunities.”

Aida’s interview video.»