Hi, I’m Jen!
I graduated from Berklee College of Music with a Bachelor’s degree in music therapy, and became a board certified music therapist in 2015. I became a certified Neurologic Music Therapist in 2017, after attending the Neurologic Music Therapy Institute at the University of Toronto. As a music therapist I have experience working with various populations with a range of diagnoses, however I specializes in working with children and adults with special needs.
I have studied voice, piano, ukulele and guitar for over 15 years, focusing on folk and classic rock music. As a music teacher I work with many young students on instrument proficiency while incorporating songwriting into lessons as a therapeutic tool. I joined the So i Heard team in 2016 as a music therapist, as well as a piano, voice, and ukulele teacher.
My Approach To A Typical Lesson
I think the best way for a child to learn is for their musical interests to be front and center. A typical lesson is flexible – generally revolving around what the child wants to learn – but will always focus back to music fundamentals. I often use other instruments like drums and xylophone to teach music theory concepts, and motivating games to keep the child engaged.
My Advice For Students
I would say that music is fun, but that it can sometimes be challenging! The key is to keep trying, and through practice you can achieve anything you set your mind to.
My Favorite Local Places
Nature walks and hiking trails