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Jennifer Drees, Music Therapist
Jennifer Drees

Jen is a Board-Certified Music Therapist who began in the field after graduating from Temple University in 1995. While at the university, she studied under pioneers Dr. Kenneth Bruscia and Dr. Cheryl Dileo. Jen earned a Master of Music Therapy from Temple in December 2016. She joined the faculty of Main Street Music in May of 2018, gradually building the presence of music therapy in the community. Her areas of focus include children and adolescents with autism, communication delay, and learning disabilities. Her life experience as a mother of 4 and grandmother of 2 brings a warmth and empathy to the clinical relationship. With 15 years of first responder (EMS services) experience informing

her compassion for each client’s own story and circumstances, she is truly walking beside them on their journeys. Multiple trips to Uganda for missionary work drive a deep respect for the diversity each culture brings to our world.

Jen is a member of the American Music Therapy Association and NJ Association for Music Therapy, regularly supervising music therapy fieldwork students from area universities. Jen’s theoretical orientation with clients might be described as client-centered and humanistic. Jen has taught piano lessons for beginning and intermediate students, as well as adapted lessons for learners with special/customized needs, for many years. The pandemic and having more time at home introduced her to the ukulele, where she pursued a specialized training for music therapists interested in improving their skills on the instrument. Jen is a level 3 certified instructor in the James Hill Ukulele Initiative (JHUI) Ukulele in the Classroom program. In 2022 Jen won a grant from NJAMT to conduct a music therapy ukulele group for children affected by the tornado that displaced many Gloucester County families in September of 2021. She plans to continue ukulele group experiences for all ages in the future.

 

Jen regularly gigs on keys and ukulele with friends in small groups. She plays piano and directs a youth choir and teen worship band at Church of the Incarnation in Mantua, NJ. Jen is thrilled to be working in collaboration with Main Street Music, to support clients to work on their personal growth and discover their potential. Jen ensures the music therapy relationship is confidential, personalized, goal-directed, responsive to client’s growth, and in line with evidence-based research.

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