Megan Goodwin - TC '05

Megan Goodwin's (TC '05) discovery of the music therapy profession came whilst she was browsing through her VTAC guide in Year 10 and quickly became of interest to her when she researched and delivered a presentation to her class on this topic shortly thereafter. Megan always had a passion for music, immersing herself in many musical opportunities at school such as orchestra, concert band, jazz, etc and enjoyed psychology so being able to combine the two areas of thought in the one career was cause for significant excitement. With the support of her teachers, Megan went straight into a Bachelor of Music at the Conservatorium of Music at Melbourne University. In the first three years, Megan majored in her primary instrument (percussion) as well as psychology before specialising in music therapy for the final two years of the course where she graduated with honours in 2010.

Megan Goodwin's (TC '05) discovery of the music therapy profession came whilst she was browsing through her VTAC guide in Year 10 and quickly became of interest to her when she researched and delivered a presentation to her class on this topic shortly thereafter. Megan always had a passion for music, immersing herself in many musical opportunities at school such as orchestra, concert band, jazz, etc and enjoyed psychology so being able to combine the two areas of thought in the one career was cause for significant excitement. With the support of her teachers, Megan went straight into a Bachelor of Music at the Conservatorium of Music at Melbourne University. In the first three years, Megan majored in her primary instrument (percussion) as well as psychology before specialising in music therapy for the final two years of the course where she graduated with honours in 2010.

From graduating, Megan commenced working as the Paediatric and Adolescent Music Therapist at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, where she remains today, in addition to developing and delivering therapy programs at The Bays Aged Care facility in Hastings.

In 2011 Megan presented at the Australian Music Therapy Association (AMTA) conference on the use of music technology in paediatric radiation oncology and subsequently was asked to take on a position within the International Music & Medicine Foundation – a worldwide foundation and journal supporting the use of music as medicine.

In 2012, Megan was awarded a scholarship to complete her Graduate Diploma of Adolescent Health and Welfare (oncology stream), which she completed with distinctions before commencing her master’s degree in 2013. Using her newly acquired knowledge, Megan published her first article on the Neurocognitive effects of music on paediatric radiotherapy patients.

Whilst currently on maternity leave after the birth of her second child with husband Scott, Megan is still assisting the AMTA with developing and running multiple early education music therapy programs and aged care programs and works alongside the RCD Foundation to support the use of music therapy in home for paediatric brain cancer patients.

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