School of Music

Jennifer Jones

Jennifer Jones, Ph.D., MT-BC
Professor, Music Therapy
Sallee 222
Cell Phone: (309) 255-8099
Music Office: (309) 298-1544
Visit: Music Therapy

Jennifer D. Jones, Ph.D., MT-BC, Professor of Music and Director of Music Therapy, joined the faculty at Western Illinois University Fall 2006. Dr. Jones holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Therapy from Tennessee Tech University (1992), a Masters of Music in Music Therapy from Florida State University (1998), and a PhD in Music Education and Therapy from Florida State University (2006).

Previous college teaching experiences include two years at Tennessee Tech as Visiting Assistant Professor of Music and three years as a teaching assistant/instructor at Florida State University. Dr. Jones has clinical experience as a music therapist treating children through adults with psychiatric illnesses, teens and adults in recovery for substance abuse, women with eating disorders, infants and toddlers with developmental delays, younger and older adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and medical music therapy experience with adults with cancer, orthopedic, and neurological disorders. She has completed advanced training in music therapy with infants in Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU-MT), Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT), and Hospice and Palliative Care Music Therapy.

She is an active member of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) and served as Parliamentarian for the Assembly of Delegates from 2002 to 2007, chaired regional conferences and committees, served as Secretary and Vice-President for the Southeastern Region of AMTA, and as Secretary (2008-2011) and Treasurer (2011-2013) for the Great Lakes Region of AMTA. She was an Associate Editor for Music Therapy Perspectives from 2015-2022. Her research has been published in several professional journals; she authored and co-authored book chapters and co-edited a textbook.

Selected Publications:


Imeri, J. P. & Jones, J.D. (2022). Understanding the experience of discussing race and racism during clinical supervision for black music therapy students. Music Therapy Perspectives, 40(2), 174-181.

Sevcik, E., Jones, J. D., & Myers, C. (2017). A descriptive analysis of the educational perceptions, professional identity, and professional practices of dual-trained music therapists as counselors. Journal of Music Therapy, 54(3), 300-335.

Jones, J. D. (2011). A Qualitative Exploration of a Music Therapist's Writings on Medical Music Therapy. Music Therapy Today, 9(1), 198-199.

Jones, J. D., & Cevasco, A. M. (2007). A comparison of music therapy students' and professional music therapists' nonverbal behavior: A pilot study. Music Therapy Perspectives, 25 (1), 19-24.

Jones, J. D. (2006). The use of control groups in music therapy research: A content analysis of articles in the Journal of Music Therapy. Journal of Music Therapy, 43, 334-355.

Jones, J. D. (2006). Songs composed for use in music therapy: A survey of original songwriting practices of music therapists. Journal of Music Therapy, 43, 94-110.

Gregory, D., & Jones, J. D. (2006). Self-directed preparation of unfamiliar songs and accompaniments: An exploratory study with beginner guitarists. Southern Music Educator's , Journal 2(1), 50-62.

Jones, J. D. (2005). A comparison of songwriting and lyric analysis techniques to evoke emotional change in a single session with people who are chemically dependent. Journal of Music Therapy, 42, 94-110.


Jones, J. D. (2016). Pre-Experimental Designs – One-Sample Designs. In B. E. Wheeler & K. Murphy's Music Therapy Research, 3rd edition (pp. 365-371). Dallas, TX: Barcelona Publishers.

Jones, J. D., & Brown, L. (2016). Single-Subject and Small-N research – AB, ABA, and ABAB designs. In B. E. Wheeler & K. Murphy's Music Therapy Research, 3rd edition (pp. 303-313). Dallas, TX: Barcelona Publishers.

Standley, J. M., & Jones, J. D. (2007). Music techniques in therapy, counseling, and special education, 3rd edition. Silver Spring, MD: American Music Therapy Association, Inc.

Jones, J. D. (2007). Music therapy. In A. L. Strozier & J. Carpenter (Eds.), Introduction to alternative and complementary psychotherapies (pp. 179-222). New York: Haworth Press, Taylor and Francis Group.