Dr. Jennifer Wheeler
Dr. Jennifer Wheeler currently serves as the Director of Education and has been a member of the Plano Symphony Orchestra for over 13 years. She holds a doctorate in music from the University of Texas at Austin. She currently teaches flute, music theory, and music history at Collin College. Dr. Wheeler is actively involved in community engagement through the Plano Symphony and is excited to expand concert involvement beyond the concert hall.
Sound Starts Music was established by Mary Altom, a board certified music therapist, in 2011 to provide music therapy and adapted music lessons for children with special needs. Giving students opportunities to learn through music is Mary’s passion, and she is a firm believer that music is a language that transcends DIS-ability and creates A-bility.
In addition to Sound Starts Music, her private practice in Frisco, TX, Mary serves as Client Services Manager for Music Therapy Services of Texas and provides evaluations and contractual music therapy services to school districts across the DFW metroplex.
Mary earned her certification as a Neurologic Music Therapist (NMT) through intense training at Colorado State University. Mary completed her music therapy internship with MusicWorx of California under the supervision of Dr. Barbara Reuer and graduated from Tennessee Technological University with a Bachelor’s in Music – Music Therapy in 2007.
Mary is an active member of the American Music Therapy Association and the current Vice-President Elect of the Southwestern Region American Music Therapy Association. She enjoys attending and presenting at national and regional conferences each year. Mary is married to Ben and they have two children – Jaxon (6) and Lily (2). She enjoys reading and pinterest crafting in her spare time.