Meet The Team
Jaclyn D. Sorenson BMT, MTA, MT-BC, NMT
Founder, Director of Music Therapy
Jaclyn graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of North Dakota with a Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy in August of 2004. She is both accredited through the Canadian Association for Music Therapy as well as Board Certified through the American Music Therapy Association and currently sits as the President of the Music Therapy Association of Manitoba. In 2009, she went on to earn her advanced credentials as a Neurologic Music Therapist from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO. She is a member of both the Canadian Association for Music Therapy and the American Music Therapy Association.
Jaclyn has also had experience leading DIRFloortime sessions and Social Skills Groups under supervision of licensed DIRFloortime Therapists, and has successfully completed the following trainings: World Music Drumming -level 1, Village Music Circles -level 1 intensive (Arthur Hull Drum Circle Facilitation), Music Together and NICU Music Therapy -part 1. She is also a Music Together centre director. Jaclyn has provided private music therapy services at various locations and in clients’ homes, working with various populations and diagnoses.
Elizabeth Janzen MA, MTA, NMT
Neurologic Music Therapist
Elizabeth received her Bachelor of Music Therapy degree from the Canadian Mennonite University after completing an internship working with adults and seniors with developmental delays. She completed her Masters of Music Therapy Degree through Concordia University in Montreal, QC. Her focus in the graduate program wass young children in schools, and her thesis explored music therapists’ perspectives on collaborating with educational assistants in school settings. She completed her designation as a Neurologic Music Therapist in Toronto in 2016 and has also completed Level 1 training in Guided Imagery and Music (GIM). She is accredited through the Canadian Association for Music Therapy. In 2013 Elizabeth received a grant from the Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund to develop a music therapy program in southern Manitoba and appeared as a guest on AM1250 Radio and Mix 96. Elizabeth studied piano for 15 years and taught lessons to both children and adults. She also performed in jazz bands throughout high school and university, playing both the piano and alto saxophone. Elizabeth plays the guitar and enjoys singing in a variety of settings.
Russell Peters BA, BMT, MTA
Russell graduated from the University of Winnipeg with a BA in psychology in 2005 and attended Canadian Mennonite University completing a Bachelor of Music Therapy in 2010. He completed his internship at Selkirk Mental Health Centre working with psychogeriatrics and acquired brain injury and is accredited with the Canadian Association for Music Therapy. Russ worked in Thompson for six years in both private practice and with the Northern Health Region serving a wide variety of populations. While living in Thompson he was also an active member of Thompson’s musical community performing solo and in a variety of jazz groups. Russell enjoys working with all ages, thrives in improvisation and aims to make the music-making process as enjoyable as possible.
Rachelle Reinhart BMT, MTA, MT-BC, NMT
Neurologic Music Therapist
Rachelle graduated from Canadian Mennonite University with a Bachelor of Music Therapy in 2014. She completed her internship at Music Therapists of Lanark Area in Perth, Ontario, working with adults with developmental delays as well as older adults with dementia. She completed her designation as a Neurologic Music Therapist in Toronto in 2016. She is both accredited with the Canadian Association for Music Therapy and board-certified through the Certification Board for Music Therapy (CBMT). Rachelle enjoys playing the piano, which she has studied from a young age. She has taught piano and music skills for over six years, directed a children’s choir, and played for the occasional social event. She particularly enjoys collaborating with other musicians, playing with choirs, community orchestras, bands, and solo instrumentalists/vocalists in various settings. Rachelle loves to share music with others, and is passionate about using music to help people of all abilities to develop meaningful connections and relationships.
Nicole Richard BMT, MTA, MT-BC, NMT
Neurologic Music Therapist
Nicole graduated from the Canadian Mennonite University with a Bachelor of Music Therapy and was a recipient of the President’s Medal. She completed her internship at Carizon Family and Community Services in Waterloo, Ontario, where she worked with children, youth and adults experiencing struggles in mental health. Nicole is accredited with and is a member of the Canadian Association for Music Therapy (CAMT), and is board-certified with the Certification Board for Music Therapy (CBMT). She completed her designation as a Neurologic Music Therapist in Houston, TX in 2016 and her Music Together teacher training in June of 2016 in Edmonton, AB. Nicole enjoyed sharing about the power of Music Therapy in an interview with Ismaila Alfa on CBC radio in a special broadcast on Music and Healing in 2013. She had the opportunity to help with a presentation on Music Therapy and Dementia at the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba Dementia Care conference in 2012. She has taught violin, piano, and guitar, and plays occasionally at weddings, coffee houses, fundraisers, birthday parties, and other special events. Nicole loves to share the joy of music, and to discover the amazing potential for growth each person has through participation in Music Therapy!
Bang A Beat Music Therapy Centre is always interested in finding motivated and highly skilled music therapists to join our team. Whether you are an experienced therapist with your own caseload, looking to relocate, or just starting out and want the opportunity to work within a team environment, we would love to hear from you! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to start a conversation.
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