Music therapy profile: Erinn Frees
We’re celebrating Music Therapy Week, and today the spotlight shines on music therapist Erinn Frees.
How long have you worked at Children’s?
I’ve worked at Children’s for four years, almost to the day!
What is a typical day like for you?
Usually, I start off my day by organizing the referrals we get (typically 40-50 per week) and trying to plan which floors I should go to at what time. Then I set sail with our wonderful new music therapy cart, which is filled with guitars, keyboards, drums, a harp and other percussion instruments. I then spend the rest of the day trying to see as many kids as I can get to, and work with them on physical, cognitive and emotional goals through music.
Do you have a favorite memory from working at Children’s?
I have many favorite memories, but this one sticks out in my head: I was working with a young school-aged boy. We were singing, playing instruments and laughing when he suddenly looked up at me and asked, “So where do you work?” When I explained to him that what we were doing was my job, he said “No, that can’t be right! At work you’re supposed to be, like, really crabby and have lots of papers and stuff!” I’m very grateful to have a job I absolutely love!
How do you spend your time outside of work?
I love spending time with my new husband, trying to learn to golf, spending time with friends and family, playing flute with various concert bands and pit orchestras and trying new restaurants. Oh, and I really like cleaning – it’s such a huge stress release!
What’s one interesting fact about you?
The first “big” concert I ever went to was on my 6th birthday. My dad took me to see Bruce Springsteen, and our tickets were in the very last row. We started chatting with a guy who asked us, “Since it’s her birthday, would you guys like some better seats?” He then led us up to the front row, center stage and we watched the concert from the best seats in the house. Bruce even gave me his guitar pick!