Jill Kiesau

Jill was a performer in the Tommy Bartlett Show Wisconsin Dells and in a dinner theater. She has sung with the Madison Symphony Chorus for the past 15 years and has a Great Dane named Indy that will watch TV for hours if we don’t ‘regulate her screen-time’.

Jill received her bachelor of Music Therapy degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, and completed a 6 month internship at Dorothea Dix State hospital in Raleigh North Carolina. She has advanced training in Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT) from Colorado State University, and Guided Imagery with Music (GIM level 1-Bonny method). She has over 23 years of experience providing individual and group music therapy, focusing her work in Pediatrics, first with the Autism Society of North Carolina and then working on the Nova Southeastern University campus in Ft. Lauderdale Florida. She has enjoyed working collaboratively with Speech, Occupational and Physical therapists, and is thrilled to continue this at Communication Innovations. Jill has presented at various state, regional and national conferences on Music Therapy as well as serving as the membership chair of the Wisconsin Chapter for Music Therapy. She is passionate about reaching families through music and providing quality experiences while creating connections through the music-making process. During music therapy sessions, Jill is often found behind her guitar or keyboard, singing or modelling various movements to songs. Jill incorporates lots of opportunities for her participants to play and experience the music through their own music-making on various instruments. Jill considers the best music therapy sessions to be meeting the patient where they are at in that moment, and then supporting the patient while helping them reach their ultimate potential, all while the patient thinks they are only ‘having fun’ or ‘in the band’ making music. Jill could not be more thrilled to return to Communication Innovations after a four year hiatus. In her free time, Jill enjoys spending time with her husband, three children, two crazy canines, volunteering in local schools and song-writing.