About

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!


Mission
The Mission of the Music Therapy Advocate