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Brooke Slemmer, MM, MT-BC, NMT

Brooke Slemmer, MM, MT-BC, NMT

Music therapy is a professional practice in which music is used as a tool to improve practical life skills. Our board certified music therapists have helped clients to address functional goals that include managing behavior, enhancing communication, improving social skills, building healthy coping strategies, and encouraging self expression. 

So.i.Heard music therapists tailor goals for individuals with special needs, such as autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, anxiety, and auditory processing disorders, but music therapy can also function as a creative outlet and coping mechanism for people without any specific diagnosis. 

If you would like to know more, click the button below to schedule a free consultation with our Music Therapy Program Director.



Jennifer Fischer, MT-BC

Jennifer Fischer, MT-BC

 

"We couldn’t be happier with the therapy my son is receiving and the entire welcoming staff at So.I.Heard. They love what they do and it shows. Don’t hesitate to check it out. You will be very happy that you did!”
 

"I can't tell you how much it's meant to me for my son to have this opportunity to use his interest in music to expand his social abilities, emotional regulation, and executive planning. We've seen the carry over to home and school. But the best gift is the smile on his face when he goes to music therapy."


Brooke Slemmer, MM, MT-BC, NMT

Brooke Slemmer, MM, MT-BC, NMT

BROOKE SLEMMER - PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Brooke graduated from Berklee College of Music with a Bachelor's degree in music therapy and became board certified in 2011. She became certified in Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT) in 2012. She spent several years working at Children's Hospital Los Angeles where she developed the NMT program, helping children with trauma and neurological disorders regain function and a sense of self. She completed her Master's degree at the Colorado State University music therapy program, which is renowned within the field for it's prolific Center for Biomedical Research in Music. Brooke joined the So.i.Heard team in 2014 to design and implement the music therapy program at our studio. She has extensive experience working with people of all ages with a specialty in diagnoses related to brain function. She has studied voice and various instruments for over 20 years and has a soft spot for piano rock, 90s R&B, and Disney heroines.

JENNIFER FISCHER

Jennifer graduated from Berklee College of Music with a Bachelor's degree in music therapy, and became board certified in music therapy in 2015. She attended the Neurologic Music Therapy Institute at the Unviersity of Toronto in 2017, and became certified in NMT there. She has experience working in a variety of settings with various populations, including those in hospice care, early childhood development, psychiatric and rehabilitative hospitals, and nursing homes. Jennifer specializes in working with children and adults with special needs. She joined the So.i.Heard team in 2016 as a music therapist, as well as a piano and voice teacher. Jennifer has studied voice and piano for over 15 years, and enjoys folk and classic rock.

Jennifer Fischer, MT-BC

Jennifer Fischer, MT-BC


This client is using music therapy to practice identifying emotions and therefore finding ways to regulate them. As his Mom puts it, "It's so great to see him expressing himself in an unscripted manner; making eye contact and talking about his feelings." In this video, he is making up all of the lyrics to this song on the spot while he improvises on the piano, one of his favorite instruments.

This client is acting as the "leader" and has to get the therapist to follow him by using eye contact, facial expressions, and varying ways of playing. When music is combined with social interactions, he is able to exercise self control and patience. He demonstrates command and mastery of his environment, and finds an opportunity to express his creativity and sense of humor.

A music therapy client demonstrates an improvised goodbye song for the audience at our annual recital. Goodbye songs can help people with transitions so that going from music therapy to the rest of the day is more smooth and less stressful.

Sustained attention can be hard for some kids, especially when the conditions keep changing, as they often do in everyday life! Through the use of varying tempo, dynamics, and style, music helps this client to be flexible to changing rules and maintain attention for an extended time.