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Music Therapy Major Christian Dodd ‘25 Cultivates Purpose from Passion

Feb 28, 2024 By Queens University Communications

When percussionist Christian Dodd ‘25 decided to attend Queens University of Charlotte, he had no idea how much his passion for music would lend itself to a service-oriented career as a music therapist.

“When I was a kid, I was drawn to making music. I would drum using anything in sight – pots, pans, and pencils. I started playing drums in my early school years and immediately dedicated my life to the art of music,” said Dodd.

A vibrant journey through middle and high school band confirmed Dodd’s interest in furthering his education in music.

“I considered studying music performance, but my servant’s heart got in the way,” said Dodd. “I wanted a career that would provide a tangible outlet to help and serve people. That’s when I discovered music therapy.”

Although he was hesitant that being a percussionist would hold him back, he stepped out in confidence by deciding to attend Queens for music therapy and trusting that he would be well-supported in his pursuit of learning voice, guitar, and piano.

“I never sang in front of anyone ever,” said Dodd. “It was intimidating to look at all of the skills that I would have to learn, but after looking at Queens’ program I saw how the intentional curriculum and faculty mentorship would help me thrive.”

Since beginning his studies at Queens, Dodd’s faculty, friendships, classes, and clinicals have confirmed that him that he made the right choice.

“I have a passion for behavioral analysis. As someone who is neurodivergent with an ADHD diagnosis, I really struggled in school,” he said. “The support I received from occupational therapy really influenced me and I hope to bring music into that space. Music can make the discomfort of traditionally clinical environments feel so much more enjoyable and positive.”

Outside of the classroom, Dodd has found a sense of community and an opportunity for leadership development within the Black Student Union. He has leaned into relationships within his department and extracurricular involvement as a source of support and mentorship.