Connections Music Therapy specializes in congenital and acquired cognitive, physical, and mental disabilities / disorders.
We believe that everyone should be able to engage in music, regardless of skill or ability. As such, CMT offers both music therapy sessions to work on cognitive, communication, academic, motor, emotional, or social goals and adaptive music lessons, for those who want to participate in playing an instrument, but may not learn in a typical way, or have learning difficulties/disabilities.
Individualized treatment/lesson plans are created specifically to each clients’ needs. An initial assessment is completed to gain insight into each client and what their goals are. This also serves as the beginning of the therapeutic relationship. After the initial assessment, the first few sessions will be used to determine how we will achieve your goals in a realistic, engaging atmosphere.
Jess graduated from the University of Windsor in 2014 with an honours degree in music therapy (percussion major) and a minor in child psychology. During her degree she completed four music therapy placements in addition to a 1000 hour clinical internship. Jess graduated from the Autism and Behavioural Science Graduate Certificate from Fanshawe College in 2015. Most recently, Jess attended the International Neurologic Music Therapy Training Institute and earned the credential of Neurologic Music Therapist.
Jess has been working as a private music therapist since 2013, serving teenagers and adults with various developmental delays, at-risk youth, and seniors with dementia and complex care needs.
Jess serves the London, Woodstock, and surrounding area.
"Music therapy is the skillful use of music and musical elements by an accredited music therapist to promote, maintain, and restore mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Music has nonverbal, creative, structural, and emotional qualities. These are used in the therapeutic relationship to facilitate contact, interaction, self-awareness, learning, self-expression, communication, and personal development."
- Canadian Association for Music Therapy
"Music therapy is a great confidence building experience for our daughter. Jessica tailors her sessions around our daughter and is very in tune with her emotional needs that day. Jessica's array of music instruments is a big hit and our home is filled with songs and laughter"
- Mother of young adult with developmental delay
"The instructor therapists tried everything to get him to make eye contact. In music therapy he naturally made eye contact more than once per minute with Jess. Music therapy got through to him in a way typical strategies were not"
- Staff of child with autism
"It's been wonderful to watch how much he has blossomed with you. He never used to sing or make requests and now he's singing for the entire house to hear and making requests every session."
- Staff of adults with developmental delay
"He normally has very low retention for information, especially names. It was incredible that he always remembered Jessica's name. There was a good connection between them."
- Staff of seniors with developmental delay
"It's nice being in a group together, singing together. We can sing as loud as we want and if we don't want to sing we can just listen and enjoy the music"
- Seniors with dementia
"He doesn't normally open up to anyone or tell them about his life, but he shared stories and information with you in the first few weeks. It has been very beneficial and a great emotional outlet."
- Teacher of at-risk youth
Please contact for prices.
Price includes travel time within the London, Woodstock, and surrounding area. For clients outside of this geographic area, travel costs will be confirmed prior to the initial assessment. Please contact for group rates.
Rates subject to change
Day, evening, and weekend sessions are available upon request.Jess provides in home services.
Do I need to have musical ability or know how to play an instrument?No
Are multiple styles of music used?Yes
Are instruments provided?Yes