Music Therapist – Board Certified
Licensed Professional Counselor
Jen Conley, Music Therapist, MT-BC, M.A. and Music Instructor
Jen Conley has been a music therapist and music instructor for over 30 years. She is a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and singer-songwriter who readily moves between harp, piano, violin, guitar, and ukulele. She has three professionally recorded CDs, two of original music and one of solo harp music. Jen has done much within the music industry: composing, recording, producing, arranging, directing and performing for a wide range of audiences and artists, from symphony orchestras to church choirs.
As a music therapist Jen utilizes music in clinical settings for healing, building connections, and as a tool to walk with others through struggles and change. She brings healing music to patients and clients in geriatrics, hospice, mental health, and educational settings. Within the medical setting Jen incorporates music therapy into the plan of care to address issues of pain reduction, depression, anxiety, loss of control, quality of life, spiritual support and a host of other needs. She utilizes songwriting and improvisation heavily in her practice with both patients and families.
Jen has presented in a variety of venues on music therapy including community groups, educational symposiums, academic institutions and state-wide conferences on music therapy. She was the keynote speaker at the state of Illinois Regional Alzheimer’s Association conference presenting on Music as a Language Tool and also the featured speaker for the Bears Cares Kick Off event at Halas Hall in September 2018. Jen’s presentations incorporate a combination of information sharing, storytelling and musical examples.
Whether through Music therapy or Music Instruction, Jen very much believes in the power of music to heal, inspire, comfort and unite.