Specializing in Adults
Jen Conley will work with you and your loved ones providing connection, healing, dignity and quality of life through music therapy.
Specializing in the Adult/Older Adult Learner
It’s a great time to learn to play an instrument.
Working at your pace Jen Conley will bring
out the musician in you.
Healing through the application and properties of music
Music therapy is the clinical application of music, led by a licensed music therapist, to address a person’s unique situation and needs such as communication barriers, emotional and spiritual support, pain reduction and quality of life.
Music has a universal appeal and therefore nearly everyone can relate to music and participate in music therapy in some meaningful fashion. One does not need to have any musical ability or experience to benefit.
Extensive research demonstrates the positive impact of music on well-being and neurologic function. Individuals typically respond to music long after speech has ceased or become difficult.
What can my loved one or I expect?
Throughout our lives we develop uniquely personal musical preferences and experiences – which are as individual as we are. Jen will get to know you or your
loved one’s interests. Based on this, goals and activities are developed.
What might a visit include?
- Reminiscing and sharing memories.
- Music for spiritual reflection and exploration.
- Guided relaxation to music for support or pain reduction.
- Song writing.
- Music to facilitate special moments with family and caregivers.
- Playing simple instruments.
Music Therapy Can:
- Assist a person with Parkinson’s to move more smoothly.
- Help a person who has had a stroke increase their vocal fluency.
- Inspire individuals with dementia to recall lyrics long after they’ve forgotten names.
- Influence positive changes in mood.
- Provide pain relief that is unintrusive.
- Stimulate interest and engagement when other approaches are not successful.
- Validate memories and inspire meaningful interaction and life review.
Music holds significant meaning for us…cherished hymns, a couple’s “song,” melodies associated with loved ones.
Music evokes deep responses which can comfort and soothe.
Music crosses generations, rekindles memories and inspires well-being.
Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.— Victor Hugo
A good time to start learning
The reasons for playing an instrument and singing have never been more relevant, and the benefits are waiting for you.
Music does for your brain what circuit training does for your body.
Many of our daily activities use only portions of our brain, but playing an instrument activates neural connections throughout the brain, leading to increased brain resiliency.
Dr. Jessica Grahn, a cognitive neuroscientist states that learning to play an instrument as an adult is a “brain trainer,” something that helps your brain stay sharper and more alert as you age. This stronger cognitive function can help stave off dementia.
What can I expect during a lesson?
Held in an accessible, comfortable and relaxed environment, instruction will move at your pace and extra time is allowed for skill-building as you work towards your chosen goals.
Lessons are taught from a learner’s perspective and you will be a mutual partner in designing your lessons. Jen utilizes a broad instructional approach, while considering your interests and musical experiences. She can assist you with practice skills and specific strategies to guide you in learning and creating the music you enjoy.
Think of Jen as your musical personal trainer.
Instruction offered on: Harp, Piano, Guitar, Ukulele, Violin, Voice.
Group classes and ensemble offered on ukulele.
Benefits to studying instrument as an adult:
- Helps increase reaction time and reflexes.
- Enhances mood and increases feelings of well-being.
- Inspires creativity.
- Helps alleviate stress and can lower heart rate and blood pressure.
- Increases blood flow in your brain, which results in an overall rise in energy.
- Provides a sense of accomplishment.
- Expands social opportunities.
- It’s fun!
The satisfaction of learning.
The curiosity of trying something new.
The delight when you achieve a goal.
The joy when you play music together!
When words fail, music speaks.— Heinrich Heine
“It’s difficult to put into words how much you enriched my mom’s life. She lit up in your presence. You tapped a part of her mind and soul that few could reach. Seeing her interact with you also provided us – the family – with a deep sense of comfort and peace. Your work is meaningful, powerful and immensely important. We are deeply grateful!” — Amy Holtsford
Gateway Arts Building
2225 Gateway Drive, Suite B
Sycamore, IL 60178