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.