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Education & Experience

Marjie Halverson completed her internship at The Music Therapy Center of California and her coursework for her music therapy/music education degree from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa.

Marjie’s primary instrument is clarinet, which she played in several chamber groups, symphony, and concert band throughout her four years at Wartburg. During her senior year, Marjie was principal clarinetist and section leader in the Wind Ensemble. In addition to clarinet, Marjie has learned how to play multiple instruments since age 7. Marjie gained experience with several different populations as a music therapy student, including children with special needs, adults with traumatic brain injury, and teenagers with behavioral and psychiatric disorders. In addition to these populations, Marjie worked at a care facility for children with special needs in her hometown called Faith, Hope, and Charity for three summers, and also spent one year working for Americorps as recreation staff at a facility for troubled teens. Marjie also volunteered at a Special Olympics event at Wartburg and would occasionally play music for nursing home residents.

Marjie’s Story

Since childhood, I have lived a musical life. My mother is an instrument repair technician and works from the home, so I grew up listening to the many instruments she tested and practiced. When I was a young girl, my brother and I would go to the local care facility with our mom to sing and play instruments for children with special needs and we would always have so much fun! I continued to be actively engaged in music, and by the time I was in high school, I knew that I had to keep music a major part of my life. I originally wanted to be a band director, but I discovered music therapy my senior year of high school and knew that I had to learn more. I love being able to apply my passion in the workforce in a way that improves the lives of others, and I’m very excited to be a part of this team!