Janel owns and operates Axon Music Therapy which provides music therapy services to private clients in Cambridge, Kitchener-Waterloo, Guelph and surrounding areas. Janel graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU) in 2016 with a Bachelors of Music Therapy. She received Honours with Distinction and also attained a Minor in Psychology. Janel is a Board-Certified Music Therapist with the Canadian Association of Music Therapy (CAMT).
While at WLU, Janel played trombone, piano and guitar. She completed her 1000 hour internship at Sunnyside Senior Services in Kitchener, working on long-term care and rehabilitation teams. In May 2016, Janel completed the Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT) training in Toronto and now focuses on evidence-based, goal-oriented work in her sessions. She often incorporates musical and non-musical activities into sessions to achieve motor, speech and cognitive goals. Janel's approach is often educational and is influenced by medical and neurological models of music therapy. In June 2019, Janel completed her Neurologic Music Therapy Fellowship, which is the highest level of Neurologic Music Therapy training.
Currently, Janel also teaches private piano lessons specializing in teaching beginners and adapted music lessons. Janel incorporates classical and popular music into her lessons and often uses humour, composing, improvising and performing to inspire her students. In her spare time Janel enjoys hiking and attending hot yoga classes.
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