In 2018, Rogers was informed that her position as a music teacher for the Dallas Independent School District would no longer exist for the 2018-2019 school year. Confronted with an unexpected obstacle on her seemingly steady career path, she decided to once again combine her talent for music with her commitment to serving others and make the switch from music educator to music therapist.
“I knew music was decisive, and watching how it adds to a person’s quality of life — no matter what stage they’re in — has expanded my views on the depths of music and its ability to heal and strengthen even the weakest muscle,” Rogers explained.
She explored graduate programs online and visited campuses to observe classes in action. She soon realized TWU’s holistic approach to education and nurturing community resonated with her the most.
Feeling there was more of the world to see before committing to graduate school, she decided not to start right away. She instead moved to Shenzhen, Guangdong, China, to perform full time before applying to the university’s Master of Music Therapy program.
Then, in early 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic struck.
“I was devastated,” said Rogers, who was on track to accomplish her personal and professional goals when everything in Shenzhen came to a sudden halt. “Even with the money I had saved, at some point, it all ran out. What I learned in 2020 is that no matter who you are, what you have saved and built, there’s an expiration date; some things don’t last forever.”
Sometimes, there’s nothing you can do about extenuating circumstances except being in the moment, in the thick of it. And you flow through it the best way you can. That’s when you can decide to be your own magician and use your magic wand to manifest your thoughts into physical reality. Call it magic or not, but the law of attraction is real.” NaTasha Rogers
So she packed up her life, moved back to Texas and enrolled at TWU. But transitioning from life and work abroad to full-time education as a first-generation, non-traditional graduate student presented a new batch of challenges. “It wasn’t until I was a graduate student that I realized what a significant impact losing my careers would have on my mental, emotional, and physical health and wellness.”
She experienced bouts of anxiety and depression that interfered with her studies, so she reached out to faculty and TWU’s Counseling and Psychological Services for support. With help from the campus community, she learned how to be patient and show herself grace and compassion while rebuilding her life.
Now, she looks forward to bringing that same grace and compassion to her future clients as a board-certified music therapist. “You can’t heal anyone else until you heal those parts of yourself that need fine-tuning,” Rogers said.
Rogers plans to complete her degree in 2024. She advises aspiring musicians and music therapists to decide who they want to be, what they want to do, how they want to serve humanity, and to be patient while they wait for their dreams to unfold.
I am where I am, and that’s okay. I must continue to push onward and move forward into my destiny. I had to heal from childhood trauma and I had to decide to be ready to elevate my thinking, my emotional intelligence, my physical body and my overall quality of life. I’m ready.” NaTasha Rogers
Rogers writes and releases music under the brands #THETALKBOXQUEEN and NaTasha Rogers. Her albums can be found online or at Bill’s Records in Dallas, Recycled Books in Denton, and Alameda Records in Tokyo, Japan. She plays, records, mixes and releases her projects on her own record label, NMR Productions. Rogers is also the founder of #TRUTHLOVECONNECT, a global empowerment movement.
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