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She found the perfect marriage of music & helping

Your Dream Is Our Dream: Reece Ingram

Kelloggsville — Ever since she was 3, Kelloggsville High senior Reece Ingram has loved to sing. But as a career, she was thinking of becoming a veterinarian.

That is, until she participated in a College Learning Studies class at Grand Rapids Community College, where she discovered music therapy: a career that combines her love of music and an opportunity to help others.

What is your dream? “My dream is to become a music therapist.”

Why? “I have always been a shoulder for people to lean on, and I really wanted to make a difference with music as well. So I decided, why not combine both things into a career that I would like?”

How are your school and your teachers helping you achieve your dream? “If I had not been part of the Grand Rapids Community College’s Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, I would not have participated in the college learning studies class at GRCC that had me exploring possible careers. It was there that I discovered music therapy.

“Also my choir director, Bethany Schutter, has been helping me with auditions for me to get into a school. In order to get into a college program, you have to be accepted by the college and then you have to audition for the music program.”

What activities have you been involved in at school or your community? “I am in the advanced choir, Una Voce. I also have been on the bowling and softball teams (and) volunteered at Mel Trotter Ministries for a few months.”

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? “I see myself graduating from Arizona State University with a bachelor’s in music therapy and looking to go for my doctorate, probably attending Temple University, which has one of the best music therapy programs in the nation, and maybe working within my field.” 

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Joanne Bailey-Boorsma
Joanne Bailey-Boorsma
Joanne Bailey-Boorsma is a reporter covering Kent ISD, Godwin Heights, Kelloggsville, Forest Hills and Comstock Park. The salutatorian for the Hartland Public Schools class of 1985, she changed her colors from blue and maize to green and white by attending Michigan State University, where she majored in journalism. Joanne moved to the Grand Rapids area in 1989, where she started her journalism career at the Advance Newspapers. She later became the editor for On-the-Town magazine, a local arts and entertainment publication. Her eldest daughter is a nurse, working in Holland, and her youngest attends Oakland University. Both are graduates from Byron Center High School. She is a volunteer for the Van Singel Fine Arts Advisory Board and the Kent District Library. In her free time, Joanne enjoys spending time with her family, checking out local theater and keeping up with all the exchange students they have hosted through the years. Read Joanne's full bio


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