Music Therapy
Jennifer Drees, Music Therapist
Jennifer Drees

Jennifer 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 Dr. Kenneth Bruscia and Dr. Cheryl Dileo.  Jen graduated from Temple in December 2016 with a Master of Music Therapy.  Her areas of focus include children and adolescents with autistic spectrum disorders and communication delays.  She also provides music therapy at a local mental health and addictions program, framing her groups around a wellness and wholeness model while her clients discover creative ways to engage in musical experiences to support their recovery.  Jen is a member of the American Music Therapy Association.  She

recently has completed training in Disaster Response for Music Therapists, is in training to become a Disaster Relief Crisis Counselor, and is trained in mental health first aid and psychological first aid.  She is a CPR instructor, BLS Provider certified in NJ, and NAEMT instructor for the class Psychological Trauma for the EMS Patient. Jen has taught private piano lessons for beginning and intermediate students for many years.  She also plays organ and directs a youth choir and teen worship band at Church of the Incarnation in Mantua, NJ.  She is also the full-time youth minister in the same community. Jen is glad to be working in collaboration with Main Street Music, to enable clients to engage in the safe container of music therapy as they 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. 

What is Music Therapy

Music therapy is an established health profession in which music and music experiences are used within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals.  The field of music therapy is clinical and evidenced-based, which means interventions evolve from and inform research and theory.  After a period of assessing a client’s strengths and areas of need, music therapists engage with clients through a variety of music therapy interventions, which may include improvising, writing, singing, moving to, or listening to and discussing music.  It is hoped that these experiences allow clients to grow musically and personally, encouraging growth in other areas of life.

Who Can Benefit

Since music therapy is client centered and goal directed, and follows a comprehensive process of assessment, treatment and evaluation, many persons may benefit from the client therapist relationship which is built on trust and empathy.  Music therapy has been shown to positively benefit the lives of many, including those with ADD/ADHD, autism,

Jennifer Drees, music therapist for Main Street Music

learning issues, language delay, emotional disorders such as anger and adjustment disorders, stress and anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, addictions, and medical conditions such as stroke, cancer, and hospice care.

What Are the Goals and What Can You Expect

There are many examples of goals which are unique to client’s strengths and needs.  Some possible goal areas are:

- Improve social skills and self-expression
- Increase attention to task
- Promote positive self-concept
- Increase verbal and musical communication
- Improve attention to task
- Decrease anxiety and develop coping skills for stress and anxiety
- Improve communication of needs and desires
- Promote individuality and decision-making skills
- Processing of past trauma experiences in a safe container

Music therapy sessions are individualized, which means many interventions are used in order to meet mutually determined goals.  Singing, playing instruments, moving to music, focused listening, music facilitated relaxation, composing music, and/or music and art media activities may be used in sessions.