Panel: “Finding Harmony: The Music Response to COVID-19”

Brian Jantz, MA, MT-BC

President-Elect, New England Region American Music Therapy Association
Assistant Professor, Berklee College of Music
Music Therapist, Boston Children’s Hospital

Brian Jantz is an assistant professor of music therapy at Berklee College of Music who has been active as a clinician, practicum site supervisor, course instructor, presenter, and researcher for over 20 years. He has extensive experience working and supervising within pediatric medical and psychiatric/substance abuse facilities. Brian is currently involved with ongoing research and clinical work at Boston Children’s Hospital on the neurology and hematology units. Brian is active as a speaker and presenter at national and global conferences, recently focusing on music for self-care and innovative therapeutic uses of music technology. Brian is the current President-Elect for the New England Region of the American Music Therapy Association.


Mark Fuller, MT-BC

Music Therapist, Boston Children’s Hospital

Mark Fuller is a board certified music therapist currently working at Boston Children’s Hospital. He works with patients from infancy through young adulthood within the hematology/oncology, bone marrow transplant, cardiovascular, and intensive care units. Mark supports patients and their families through all phases of their treatment to promote positive developmental and psychosocial outcomes that are at risk due to prolonged hospitalization. Currently, Mark is involved in various research initiatives to look at the use of music therapy in a pediatric medical setting.


Seneca Block, MA, MT-BC

Manager Expressive Therapies, University Hospitals Connor Integrative Health Network

Seneca Block is the Expressive Therapy Program Manager for University Hospitals of Cleveland’s Connor Integrative Health Network. His expertise is in designing and integrating expressive therapy programming within large scale health systems. In his role, he has both built from the ground up and clinically directed a team of over a dozen therapists across 10 medical centers, impacting thousands of patients, caregivers, employees and community members annually. He has been consulted for several program developments for organizations nationally and served key roles for initiatives within institutes such as the Academic Consortium for Integrative Health and Medicine and the American Music Therapy Association.


Tian Gao , MA, RMT

Professor, Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing, China
President, Chinese Professional Music Therapist Association
Vice President, Chinese Art and Medicine Association
Board Member of International Association of Music and Medicine

Tian Gao was graduated from Temple University, US, and gained his Master of Music Therapy Degree in 1994. He went back to China and establishing the first music therapy training program includes both undergraduate and graduate program in Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing in 1996. His has published the books as below: The introduction to Music Therapy The basic theory of Music Therapy Receptive Methods of Music Therapy Improvisational Methods of Music Therapy (Translation) Clinical Training Guide for the Student Music Therapist(Translation) Music Therapy in Dementia Car (Translation) Music Therapy Clinic Practice Research.


Hannah Foxman, MT

Music Therapist, Boston Children’s Hospital

Hannah Foxman graduated Berklee College of Music in 2016 with a Bachelor's degree in Music Therapy and a minor in Psychology.  She has been employed and practicing at Boston Children’s Hospital since 2017. Hannah primarily works with patients residing on the oncology, bone marrow transplant, MICU, and neurology unit. Additionally, Hannah has participated in various research initiatives at BCH primarily focusing the clinical application of music.


Todd Frazier, MM

Director, Houston Methodist Center for Performing Arts Medicine

Composer

Todd Frazier is a composer and director of Houston Methodist's Center for Performing Arts Medicine (CPAM). CPAM is recipient of Americans for the Arts 2017 BCA 10 Award, recognizing the best businesses partnering with the arts in America and the 2019 Hamilton Award from the National Organization for Arts In Health. He is Immediate Past President of the National Organization for Arts in Health and Founder of American Festival for the Arts and Houston Arts Partners. His love for history inspires his works, including We Hold These Truths, premiered at the Kennedy Center with soprano Renee Fleming and University of Virginia Suite, premiered on the University lawn in celebration of its 200th anniversary. In 2016 he was awarded the Luminary Award from the Eastman School and on the Juilliard School’s 100th anniversary in 2006, was recognized as one of 100 distinguished alumni.


Jennifer Townsend MMT, MT-BC

Manager for Creative Arts Therapies
Center for Performing Arts Medicine
Houston Methodist

Jennifer Townsend, is the Manager for Creative Arts Therapies at Houston Methodist Hospital where she pilots programing in order to grow the footprint of music therapy throughout the hospital, participates and runs studies in research related to music therapy and music medicine and provides clinical supervision to the music therapy staff. Jennifer embraces an integrative philosophy which guides her practice and research. To this end, she has published articles relating to technology in music therapy, music therapy in epilepsy treatment, and music therapy in NICU work. Additionally, she has a chapter on Medically Fragile Children in the Guidelines for Music Therapy Practice in Pediatrics.