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 

MMI Adds to Leadership

The Music Medicine Institute is pleased to welcome Ronald Jones as its executive director.

A native of Savannah who grew up in the Bluffton/Ridgeland, SC area, he holds an undergraduate degree in public health from the University of South Carolina, Columbia, and a Master of Health Services Administration from Armstrong State University. 

“MMI is delighted to have Ronald join its team,” said Elizabeth Jacobi, PhD, RMT, FAMI and founder of the institute, in making the announcement. “His educational background and his experience in a for-profit medical services company make him especially well qualified to help the Music Medicine Institute expand its programs and impact throughout Savannah and the surrounding counties.”

“I am truly excited to have the opportunity to help Elizabeth and MMI reach more audiences with the kind of valued services MMI has provided this area for nearly a decade, and to strengthen the ties between music’s unique therapies and traditional medical care,” said Ronald.  

“As a result, our goals are to raise awareness of the institute among healthcare providers, create mutually supportive, sustaining professional relationships with hospitals and physicians, and deliver therapeutic interventions that enhance the quality of life of persons with acute or chronic illnesses,” he added.

The Music Medicine Institute, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is an allied health profession organization that uses music in a therapeutic relationship to address the physical, psychological, cognitive, and social needs of individual clients/patients.

 Upon assessment of the strengths and needs of the client/patient, qualified music therapists provide indicated treatment, including creating, singing, moving to and/or listening to music.  With musical involvement in the therapeutic context, the client/patient’s abilities are strengthened and transferred to other areas of his or her life.

Music therapy also provides avenues for communication that may be helpful to those who find it difficult to express themselves in words.