Jenzi Silverman, MA, PhD

Graduate Faculty
Jenzi Silverman



PhD, Educational Psychology, 2008

MA, Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology, University of Minnesota, 1995

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Jenzi Silverman believes passionately in the power of music to heal. She has created and taught courses on music, the brain, and wellness since 2009, for the University of Minnesota Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and community education programs in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. She has given presentations and workshops on this topic for numerous groups including public school students, the Metropolitan Activities Professionals Association, and Grand Rounds at the University of Minnesota Department of Neurology. Beginning in 2020 she is teaching Music, Health, and Healing for the University of Minnesota Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing.

A musician since age 9, since 2005 she has provided music in senior residences and care centers in Minneapolis and suburbs. In the Spring of 2020 she will start her practicum experience at M Health Fairview as a Medical Musician Trainee, providing live music for SICU patients. Her primary instrument in these settings is the tenor recorder, and she has added concert (alto) and tenor ukuleles. Her repertoire includes everything from Renaissance dances to rock and roll.

Jenzi holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology (2008) and an M.A. in Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology (1995), both from the University of Minnesota, and an Associate Diploma in Recorder from Trinity College - London's international exam program (2008). She is currently a student in the Graduate Certificate program in Integrative Therapies and Healing Practices in the Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing at the U of M.

Jenzi describes her professional background and philosophy this way: “I am fascinated with how the brain works and how the way we think and feel affects our bodies -- and my great passion in life is music, so teaching about music, the brain, and wellness is how I bring it all together!” In 2018 and 2019 she completed classroom training in Medical Musicianship through the Medical Musician Initiative’s annual workshops at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, MA. This new specialty trains musicians in providing appropriate music to help patients in intensive care settings. Jenzi is the first recorderist and the first ukulele player in the world to complete this training, and is working with Dr. Christopher Tignanelli at M Health Fairview to start a Medical Musician program there. She is also a member of the Medical Musician Initiative’s Executive Board.