Meet Jennifer D. Geiger, MA, MT-BC

meet-jennifer-geigerAs a board certified music therapist, I use elements of music such as rhythm and melody to effect change in mood, behavior and function.

As a music therapist specializing in work with older adults, their families, and their caregivers, I love providing the spark of life in what can be a lonely and frustrating day. I serve people who are looking for validation, appreciation and comfort. I remind them of their humanness, and of their innate value to their loved ones and to the people who care for them. I bring more life and joy into their lives.

Although a by-product of music therapy sessions is enjoyment, it is more than engaging entertainment. In group sessions, we address common goals within a community, working to improve quality of life by offering the opportunity to try new things in a safe and supportive environment. We may address activities of daily living, hone personal playlists to maximizing health and well-being, or design a program to motivate movement of key muscles to build stamina and balance. Through the purposeful use of music, relationships can be built and community enhanced.

In addition to being a music therapist since 1994 and the owner of a private practice since 2000, I am a daughter, mother, wife, friend and sister (in no particular order and often at the same time).  I am a graduate of Willamette University (Bachelor of Music) and the University of the Pacific (Master of Arts), both in Music Therapy. I hold the MT-BC credential from the Certification Board for Music Therapists since 1995 and have been an active member of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) since 1992. Additionally, I am a member of the World Federation of Music Therapy. I am a regular presenter at regional, national and international conferences, and am available to speak to members of the community. I am a guest lecturer and fieldwork supervisor at the University of the Pacific.

I also currently serve as President of the American Music Therapy Association. Please feel free to contact me or visit my blog, Speak Out!

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