Interning for KidLinks has been a blast. I have gotten to travel to several Dallas hospitals to see Jim and Paul do Therapeutic Music Entertainment with kids. Likewise, I have gotten to sit in on a couple of music therapy sessions with Autistic Children. I have made some wonderful connections during the time I have spent working with Jim and Paul. Part of my job as intern was to find more facilities that could use KidLink's services. I found 8 new venues in the DFW area that would be suitable for therapeutic music entertainment.
KidLinks is evolving and is finding out that their music can be used to heal a lot of different wounds. I was able to visit a bereavement center that used the music that Jim and Paul had originally written for kids who were sick and in hospitals, but it turns out KidLink's content is good for anyone. Part of my job was to find more artists who write music that would fit in with what is on Hugworks Children's Network. A particular artist I found has 7 songs that will be sent to the review team. By far my favorite thing I got to do was sing and record "The Yes Song". The internship wouldn't have been as wonderful without Jim and Paul's guiding hands and extensive knowledge. An extra benefit for me was getting some music theory lessons from Paul.
I had a great year at Texas Christian University and will now be attending Belmont University this fall - taking all the KidLinks experiences with me!