Neurologic Music Therapist
Jenn has been in love with music for as long as she can remember, beginning with playing familiar melodies by ear on her parents’ piano, and sitting where the marching band entered the field during halftime at Boise State football games. Jenn began taking piano lessons at age 10, and flute and piccolo lessons at age 11, while also participating in school bands and choirs throughout her entire education. Jenn began learning guitar in 2014, after deciding to pursue a career in music therapy in order to help make a positive impact in peoples’ lives through music, as it has made such a positive impact in her life.
An Idaho native, Jenn received her Bachelor of Arts in Music from Boise State University in Boise, ID, and her music therapy equivalency degree and Master of Science in Music Therapy from Radford University (RU) in Radford, VA. There, she completed her master’s thesis: A Case Study of Clinical Songwriting in Music Therapy to Address Emotional Expression Among an Individual with Parkinson’s Disease and their Family Caregivers , as well as her Level I training in the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music. During her time at RU, she was also awarded the honors of Graduate Student of the Month, Outstanding Graduate Student in Music Therapy, and Outstanding Master of Science Thesis. Jenn completed her American Music Therapy Association 1,000-hour music therapy internship with Park Nicollet Health Services in Minneapolis, MN, working in inpatient and outpatient oncology and hospice, pulmonary rehabilitation, and the Struthers Parkinson’s Center.
In addition to her music therapy training, Jenn has worked with individuals with special needs as a direct care provider, life skills trainer, residential program supervisor, and communication assistant. These experiences have provided Jenn with invaluable insight into the everyday joys and challenges that individuals can have, shaping her music therapy practice to be most influential for these everyday experiences.
Jenn is passionate about neurologic rehabilitation and the integration of emotional and spiritual care in music therapy, particularly for those with neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, and ALS. Her goal is to continue to develop research on the use of music therapy with individuals with Parkinson’s disease to further improve music therapy practice for these individuals. Jenn has worked with all ages including individuals with cancer diagnoses; intellectual and developmental disabilities; traumatic brain injury; pulmonary disorders; speech, language, and hearing disorders; mental health diagnoses; and neurodegenerative diseases among others. She is a member of the American Music Therapy Association, The British Association for Music Therapy, and the World Federation of Music Therapy.
Jenn is thrilled to join the Living Spirit Therapy Services Team and share her love for music and music therapy in order to provide meaningful experiences for individuals and their loved ones and to improve overall quality of life. Having personally experienced time and again the empowerment and healing that music can provide, she understands on a profound level just how impactful music therapy can be.