Brian Jantz

Assistant Professor

"Music therapy is a process with the client, and it’s also a process for the students. They’re going through this personal process of figuring out who they are as musicians on a deeper level than they have in the past. It’s not just how can they use music to impress or wow an audience or express their own emotions. They’re going to be using music now to impact someone’s life in a very profound way and gaining that in perspective."

"Berklee has a very unique music therapy program in that it is very music-centered, but it’s also very evidence-based. We have such a diverse faculty with diverse backgrounds and specialties, so it’s a very unique place to study, and I think there’s a certain creative energy in a Berklee classroom that you might not expect in a music therapy classroom. It’s there, even in the intro classes. I have the students writing songs about the material they’re studying in the textbook, and of course they write these amazing songs that could be stand-alone compositions. I’m not sure you could find that elsewhere. 

"I really try to include the students in the process of learning, often breaking them into smaller groups and having them learn from one another. I use a lot of different types of media, so I’m all about maintaining their energy and attention and keeping them inspired. I also tend to share a lot based on my own experience in this field and as a former Berklee student. I think the students really can relate knowing that I’ve been where they currently are.

"I try to help students really focus on what they have to offer, even in the very beginning. They all have strengths, and they all have things that are going to be more challenging for them. So I try to keep them connected with what they have that they can already start to offer in a clinical setting. There are going to be some settings where they really feel connected and can see themselves as professionals one day, and there’ll be other settings that are just not quite the right fit for them. I think it’s important to help them early on to understand that that is okay. We’re using music clinically in every setting, but how we go about doing it can really vary, and part of my job is helping students understand that most of us as music therapists find our niche, we tend to specialize in a certain setting with a specific population, and that process needs to unfold over time." 

Career Highlights

  • B.M., Berklee College of Music, Music Therapy
  • Guitarist
  • Former staff music therapist at the Community Music Center of Boston and Bournewood Psychiatric Hospital Rehabilitation Department
  • Former director of music therapy for All-Newton Music School and Brookline Music School
  • Former private consultant at Boston College Campus School for over five years
  • Directed and managed large residential group home in Watertown, MA
  • Featured in Fox News, the Boston Herald, and Boston Parents Paper for his unique clinical use of music