In the first practicum course, students have opportunities to develop music therapy clinical skills by participating in a weekly practicum day for twelve weeks with seniors in residential care. Each student will have an on-site music therapist supervisor as well as a faculty supervisor who will offer instruction and supervision on all aspects of session planning, leadership, documentation, group process, and the use of music for therapeutic purposes, institutional systems, and teamwork. Students will develop clinical skills of observation, assessment, goal and objective writing and documentation of their clinical work through submission of weekly reports. Critical thinking and personal reflectivity are integral to practicum success. Students discuss, brainstorm, and share with each other in a weekly class seminar.