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drienne (Maling) Pringle will always remember
her friend Pat. They met when Pringle was a mu-
sic therapy student in Ontario, working with a
hymn-singing group. Pat had terminal cancer
and as her disease progressed, she invited Pringle
to spend time with her and her family during her
last days. Pat wanted her to sing at her funeral, so Pringle brought
music to her bedside and, along with her family, chose the songs
Pringle would sing.
"It was a very powerful experience to be included and to see what
music can do for a family in that setting," says Pringle.
From that experience, she knew she wanted to work with pallia-
tive care patients.
Pringle's mother says she could sing before she could talk.
Growing up in Halifax, NS, she studied piano and voice privately,
and through the Halifax city schools' music system learned the
cello, ukelele, guitar, and sang in a choir that travelled to Holland
and England.
In 1993 she chose to attend Mount Allison to study Music.
She spent her summers working with children in summer camps
and always gravitated toward the children with special needs. She
also volunteered, tutored, and worked with special needs children
while at Mount Allison. These experiences would prove to be vital
in her career path.
"I chose music therapy because it combined my work experience
and passion for helping people with my love of music," she says.
Pringle went on to get an undergraduate degree in music therapy
by Melissa Lombard
20 / Summer 2012 / RECORD
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