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Shannon Flaherty

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Shannon is currently completing her Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy from Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. Her primary instrument is voice but she also enjoys playing guitar, piano, and hand drums. While studying at Berklee, Shannon completed 200 hours of practicum experiences in inclusion classrooms, a nursing home facility, a women’s shelter, an adult day home, and a neurorehabilitation center in the greater Boston area. She also participated in multiple choirs, jazz groups and bands, SAAVE – a club educating students on how to advocate for others. She took part in Berklee’s Rhythmical Movement – a group learning about and facilitating drum circles and the Berklee Music Therapy Club Shannon stumbled across music therapy when she was looking for a degree that combined her love of music and science. After being accepted at Berklee and into the music therapy program, she discovered that music can reach people in a way she never imagined.



“The beautiful connection that music can quickly forge between people serves as constant motivation to persevere through my studies. I am continually amazed by the research I have come across during my studies, as well as the results I have witnessed during my hands-on training. I have learned that music therapy is a multifaceted profession that consistently challenges my knowledge, people skills, and musical ability. I am grateful for the opportunities I have had thus far that have helped me improve as a clinician and I look forward to advocating for music therapy as a necessary and effective therapeutic medium.”