What is Music Therapy? 

Elizabeth Jacobi, PhD, RMT, FAMI-Founder/Director 

Ronald J. Jones - joins MMI as Exec. Director 

Candace Deshler - Music Therapist joins MMI 

Allison Boyd, Sara Longwell - Program Partners  

Jeannelle Benek, MA, HPMT, MT-BC 

Denise Ondishko, Ph.D.  

Chris Butler - Volunteer 

Volunteer Opportunities 

Elizabeth Jacobi
Elizabeth Jacobi, Ph.D., RMT, FAMI
Founder/Director
Music Medicine Institute

Complete, downloadable CV .pdf file

Elizabeth Jacobi has a passion for music, a dedication to healing, and an unbending commitment to wellness in humanity.

In the Music Medicine Institute, Elizabeth has combined life experiences and singular educational background for form an enterprise that delivers clinical services, furthers awareness and acceptance of music therapy in mind-body medical continuum, and supports her personal research

A professional opera soprano and concert soloist, Elizabeth has performed on stages throughout Europe.  She has served as a Cultural Delegate to the People’s Republic of China.  She has taught music in the New York City school system, served as director of Project Head Start in New York, been a consultant and international lecturer, and founded and/or directed music therapy programs at the university and hospital levels.

She holds a BS in Music Education and Voice Performance from St. Mary-of-the-Woods College (IN); a Master’s of Music and Voice Performance from Rosary College, Florence, Italy; Music Therapy Certification from Montclair State University (NJ); and did work in guided imagery and music at Temple University (PA).  

Her clinical training in behavioral medicine was done at Harvard Medical School with Dr. Herbert Benson, well known for his relaxation response methods.  Her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology is from The Union Institute in Cincinnati, where her research in the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music in the Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis, resulted in observations of significant changes in physical measures and the subjective experience of pain and psychological stress.

Elizabeth is active in researching the therapeutic benefits of music and imagery in diabetes, arthritis and other illnesses, and she is co-author with Gerald Eisenberg, M.D., of The Efficacy of Guided Imagery and Music in the Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis, a study completed in the Department of Pastoral Care and Division of Rheumatology, Department of Medicine at Luthern General Hospital.

By continuing to research all aspects of music as therapy, as well as by forming coalitions with other health professionals, Elizabeth and her music therapy colleagues are helping to bridge the gap between traditional and contemporary medical approaches.