According to the American Music Therapy Association, music therapy is, "the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program."
Music serves as a great motivator and often encourages clients to stay focused for longer periods of time. It also encourages them to vocalize and interact with others. During various musical interventions, especially during ones in which a client creates their own music, an increase in self-esteem can also be observed. Music therapy uses the wonderful benefits of music to obtain these therapeutic goals and more.
Jackie Berger, MT-BC is a board-certified music therapist. In 2009, she received her Bachelor's degree in Trumpet Performance, with a minor in Psychology from the University of Arizona. In 2010, she received her Music Therapy degree from Arizona State University. During her time at Arizona State University she worked with a wide variety of clients. She held weekly sessions at the Arizona State University Music Therapy Clinic with two children with developmental disabilities. She also held weekly sessions at Tempe Adult Day Health Services' two locations where she worked with both their young adults with traumatic brain injuries and their seniors with Alzheimer's disease, dementia, and stroke survivors. During her last semester at ASU she worked at Sequoia School for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired where she held weekly sessions with children with various hearing impairments. After finishing her course work, she did a six month internship at Arts & Services for Disabled, Inc. in Long Beach, California. Arts & Services for Disabled, Inc. is an art based school for adults with developmental delays. Over the course of her internship she taught two music therapy classes daily as well as art, drama, movement/relaxation, and Spanish classes.
In January of 2011, she returned to Tucson, AZ where she currently runs her own private practice serving a wide variety of clients. She subcontracts with various adult day programs, after-school programs for children with and without disabilities, and summer and winter camps for children with and without disabilities. She also substitutes at the VA Hospital's Crisis Intervention Unit and the Neurogeriatric Unit as well as nursing homes. She plans to continue with her practice and hopes to have the honor of enriching as many people's lives through music as she can.
Jackie is certified in CPR and First Aid. She also has a fingerprint clearance card.
Music Therapy with Jackie Berger began in January of 2011. Jackie Berger, MT-BC, works with a wide variety of clients ranging in age and disabilities. Goals are set based on the needs of the specific client after an assessment period. Common areas of focus include: attention to task, social attention, social interaction (with peers and/or adults), behaviors, communication (expressive and/or receptive), fine and gross motor skills, self-esteem, memory, etc.