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.”