About Jen Hastings

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I have been practicing music therapy for a little over 20 years. My primary experience has been with children and adults with neurologic diagnoses (such as autism, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury, and dementia). I began as a music therapy undergrad at SUNY New Paltz, NY, receiving my Master’s in music therapy from the University of the Pacific. There I studied advanced neurologic music therapy techniques and taught undergraduate music therapists in both the classroom and the field. I have been a Fellow with The Academy of Neurologic Music Therapy for the past 10 years.

My interest in the effects of music therapy on neurology has brought me to do research with some of the populations I work with. Most recently, I performed a pilot study with an excellent medical team at the VA in Honolulu, finding that drumming shows great promise in improving quality of life and motor skills for people with Parkinson’s disease. My master’s research also examined the effects of drumming for people recovering from stroke, suggesting that rhythm and repetitive movement could help those whose arms were affected by stroke.

I just moved to the New York City area recently and am happy to announce that I have some openings in my schedule to see clients. If you are interested, please let me know. There is an option to email me, on the “Contact” button at the top. I promise to get back to you within 24 hours. Take care!

 

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