Graduate Music Therapy Ambassador: Christine Gallagher
Meet student ambassador Christine Gallagher. Our ambassadors are exceptional students who have been selected by faculty to represent the Immaculata University graduate student experience.
Christine started at IU as an undergraduate in fall 2008. She is now a student in the M.A. in Music Therapy program.
What are your interests and hobbies?
Improvising on various instruments such as piano, harp, guitar, hand drums, and percussion. Creative expression within a community establishes a collective bond associated with active listening and non-verbal awareness that can be more beautiful than words.
I am intrigued by the practice of community music therapy and enjoy being immersed in the depths of different cultures, working with the people of different communities, and traveling the world. I have done clinical work and supervision for music therapy students through a service program in Jamaica. I completed my undergraduate internship in Cape Town, South Africa.
What brought you here to Immaculata?
I was fascinated with integrating music into therapeutic work, which led me to seek out a music therapy undergraduate program. When I came across the beautiful, quaint campus of Immaculata, I was welcomed by the Music Department and knew it was a perfect fit.
What are your goals?
My goal is to develop my own community programs, using music therapy to help create positive change within a community. After my goals within clinical work are accomplished, I would like to become a professor in music therapy, helping to educate young people and guide them into the field.
What has your experience been like at Immaculata?
Immaculata has helped me grow from a child into the blossoming creative woman that I am today. Whether spending hours in the music practice rooms or having long talks in the rocking chairs on back campus, I have developed my vision, mission, and professional personality at Immaculata. The faculty continues to embrace my strengths and weaknesses and help me move closer to my dreams.