“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.”
– Helen Keller
My name is Macy Taylor Kersey, but you can just call me Taylor. I am a senior music therapy major at Georgia College located in Milledgeville Georgia. I am from a very small town called Hoboken Georgia, we have one red light and if you blink you’ll miss the town completely. I graduated with the same people I went to preschool with, and I’ve had the same best friend since I was five years old. In short I am from a very small town. I came to Georgia College first and foremost to study music therapy and secondly for a change in environment.
Until I was roughly six years old my father was an alcoholic, he was sober for maybe two years before he started using drugs. When I was sixteen and in the tenth grade my father went to prison. He was released my senior year of high school and I am proud to say that he has been sober ever since. Despite everything my dad played a huge role in my musical journey. On good days we would sit on the front porch for hours playing and writing music together. His bad day’s music was how I learned to make sense of the raging sea of emotion and turn it into something beautiful. If it wasn’t for music I do not know how I would’ve survived or made sense of everything I went through. My childhood was far from easy but it taught me that music is powerful, which is why I chose to do music therapy. I eventually want to work with individuals and families who are affected by substance abuse, but until then I am enjoying helping and working with anyone and everyone who wishes to try music therapy.
Over the last four years I have discovered I really enjoy working with adults who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. Which is one of the many reasons I suggested Mary and I look at the Life Enrichment Center. The LEC is a nonprofit program for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the Baldwin county area. Their mission is to support and maximize the over all quality of life for individuals with Intellectual disabilities by using person centered and community based programs and services. I have worked with the LEC in the Creative Expressions program. Creative Expressions is run by the music therapy program at the LEC and they partner with the music therapy department at the college. Creative expressions is made up of several different music groups that implement music therapy to bring together a concert at the end of each semester. The center also offers other programs from art therapy to dance therapy. The Life Enrichment Center is such an important part of the Baldwin county community. Overall I am very excited to work with the LEC on a deeper level besides just helping with Creative Expressions.