Many of us have stories about getting less than flattering feedback from a music teacher or choir teacher in our youth. Unfortunately, these interactions can cause people to be nervous about using their voice to make music for the rest of their lives. In music therapy, we tend to have a different focus than a music teacher or choir teacher. In music therapy, we often focus on the process of making music, not the musical product. In some cases, vocal exercises or singing are important things to do because they exercise certain muscles or help you practice certain words or speech sounds. If you are not working on speech or oral motor functioning, then chances are, singing will be an optional part of therapy. Just remember, music therapists are used to working with people who do not consider themselves singers or musicians. We do our best to use our musicianship to help you sound good while you are working on your goals!