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Jennie Paquette's life was filled with all kinds of music as she grew up in Kentville and Sydney, Nova Scotia. Now she lives in Kitchener where she is running a music therapy practice, sharing her expertise, and using the power of music to heal her clients.
Jennie's whole family is musically inclined. From an early age she sang in church choirs and played hand bells. She started playing the trumpet in grade 5, started voice lessons in grade 10, and went on to play French horn in grade 11. She was accepted at Mount Allison University, NB, for voice. After completing her B. Mus she then went on to Memorial University, NL, to earn a B. Mus.Ed.
Through studying for her Music Ed. degree, Jennie learned to understand all instruments and play most of them somewhat. However, she finds that now she gravitates mostly to the guitar.
Music teaching was always Jennie's aspiration. However, music therapy was something she discovered after some difficult times in her own life. She doesn’t regret her decision to leave Newfoundland and move to Ontario to start over and pursue a masters degree at Wilfrid Laurier, in Waterloo. Closing that door and moving away led to a wonderfully open window and a new career path.
There are many challenges in making music therapy a career, but helping clients to overcome personal problems is inherently satisfying.
Jennie will use one of her favourite lyric analyses with us to start a conversation. She encourages questions during her presentation as she finds many people are unfamiliar with music therapy but very curious about it.