Please meet the team at Jammin’ Jenn Music Therapy!
Jennifer Pacht – GoodmanOwner/Founder Jammin’ Jenn Music Therapy
Founder and Owner of Jammin’ Jenn Music Therapy for Children, Jennifer Pacht – Goodman is a Certified Music Therapist in Watchung, New Jersey. Her certification as a music therapist prior to 1998 is the grandfathered equivalent of a Board Certification available to qualifying music therapists today. She was Educated at The Boston Conservatory of Music and holds a Masters Degree in Music Therapy from NYU. She has performed all over the world as a singer and actress, but now devotes her professional life to enhancing the lives of children with special needs. Jenn is a seasoned music therapist having practiced for 18 years. At Jammin’ Jenn Music Therapy she is chief music therapist and oversees and supervises all music therapy programs carried out by her practice. Jenn is married to her husband and business partner. She has two wonderful kids Zachary 11, and Carly 7. She resides in Somerset County, New Jersey.
Amanda PelletierMA, MT-BC, Board Certified Music Therapist
Amanda graduated from University of Connecticut with a Bachelors in music, Minor in Psychology, and also received her Masters in Music Therapy from Montclair State University. She currently resides in Montclair, NJ. Amanda plays clarinet, guitar, and piano; and thoroughly enjoys using these instruments to evoke powerful music experiences with groups as well as individuals throughout New Jersey. Music has always been a passion for Amanda, and she is incredibly thankful for the opportunity to musically connect with children on a daily basis!
Thomas BonelliMT-BC, Board Certified Music Therapist
Thomas Bonelli is an interdisciplinary artist grounded in the medium of sound-based art. He is a songwriter and composer living and working in the vibrant artistic community found on the North Shore of Staten Island, NY. Proficient with guitar, percussion, and keys, Thomas holds a degree in Music from Hunter College and is currently completing his Thesis work towards his MA in Music Therapy at SUNY-New Paltz. He is Board Certified (MT-BC) and completed his fieldwork at the Elizabeth Ann Seton Pediatric Care facility. He has previously worked with children on the autistic spectrum with Volunteers of America on Staten Island and continues to work with recovering adult psychiatric patients at the Skylight Center, also in Staten Island NY. Tom’s gentle yet energetic approach makes him a terrific fit as a Jammin’ Jenn Music Therapist representing our practice on Staten Island.
Rachel MarkovichMA, MT-BC, Board Certified Music Therapist
Rachel graduated with bachelors degrees in music and music therapy in 2010, and recently completed her masters degree in music therapy from Immaculata University. Rachel is a board certified music therapist, currently residing in East Windsor, NJ. She has previous experience working with children and teens with autism and other developmental disabilities. In addition to her work with children, she works with adult psychiatric patients. Rachel’s approach to music therapy is one that is calm, fun, and inviting. She has a special way about her that truly engages those she works with no matter what their needs are. Rachel feels incredibly grateful for the opportunity to be working for Jammin’ Jenn, as she is a terrific fit!
Bobby DavisMT-BC, Board Certified Music Therapist
Bobby is a board certified music therapist graduating from Temple University with a Bachelors in music therapy with a focus on jazz saxophone. Bobby has worked with many developmentally disabled adults and children in a variety of settings across Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. As a lover of music, his goal is to bring the joy and benefits of music to all Jammin’ Jenn clients. Bobby is a multi-instrumentalist and splits his time between conducting music therapy sessions and performing on saxophone, flute, and guitar. Bobby is excited to join the Jammin’ Jenn team as he is looking forward to bringing his energy and love for working with special needs individuals to the organization in the Cherry Hill/Southwest region of NJ.
Haley ParentMT-BC, Board Certified Music Therapist
Haley earned her bachelors degree in music therapy from Temple University in December 2015. While Haley’s main instrument is her voice, her love for music started at age 7 when she first picked up her violin! Since then, she has been involved in numerous musicals, choirs and orchestras. Haley has worked with both adults and children with special needs as a sibling, friend, caretaker and music therapist. Haley is thrilled to continue making a difference through music as part of the Jammin’ Jenn team!
Jamison FoxMT-BC, Board Certified Music Therapist
Jamison graduated with a degree in Music Education (K-12) with a concentration in trumpet from The College of New Jersey in 2013. In addition to being a music educator and singer-songwriter, she is also is a Board Certified Music Therapist, completing her internship at Mount Sinai Beth Israel. Jamison is in the process of finishing her masters thesis in music therapy at Montclair State University and is currently a high school special education music teacher, residing in Little Falls, NJ. Jamison has always loved working with children and is very excited to bring her passion and dedication to the Jammin Jen team!
Hadassa ZytmanMT-BC, Board Certified Music Therapist
Hadassa graduated with a bachelors degree in Music Therapy from Montclair State University, and is a Board Certified Music Therapist. Hadassa also holds a bachelors degree in Behavioral Science from Mercy College in Brooklyn, NY. Hadassa has experience working with children of all abilities, and is passionate about using music as a means to connect to each child on their individual level. Hadassa also has experience working as a music therapist for adults and geriatrics that are on Hospice services. Hadassa is proficient on guitar, piano, and voice, and hopes to conquer many more instruments in the near future! Hadassa is excited to be working with the Jammin’ Jenn team, and to provide the gift of music for all of the Jammin’ Jenn clients.
Melinda Bass O’NeillMT-BC, Board Certified Music Therapist
Melinda is thrilled to be a part of the Jammin Jenn music therapy team. She will be completing her master’s degree in music therapy at Montclair State University in the spring of 2018. She recently completed her music therapy internship at Matheny Medical and Educational Center where she worked with both children and adults with intellectual disabilities as well as physical disabilities such as cerebral palsy spina bifida, and lesch-nyhan syndrome. Other music therapy experiences include working with children with developmental disabilities at the Ben Samuel’s Children Center, working with adults at Gen Psych Rehabilitation Center, and working with older adults with dementia as Runnel’s specialized hospital. Melinda has several years of experience teaching private vocal and piano lessons, music directing, and she earned a BFA in musical theater from Ithaca College. This degree led her to performing across the country in various musical theater productions, Broadway national tours, and Off-Broadway productions. Melinda is also a mom to a wonderful 3-year-old daughter.
AndrewMT-BC, Board Certified Music Therapist
Andrew has his Masters Degree in Music Therapy and is a Board Certified Music Therapist. He has worked with children and adolescents with special needs, in musical capacities and otherwise, for the past twelve of his thirty years, and is very excited to be a part of the Jammin’ Jenn team. Andrew additionally works at Academy360 Lower School as a paraprofessional, and is also an accomplished songwriter, guitarist, and frequent participant of the local music community in and around his hometowns of Ridgewood and Montclair, New Jersey.