Teaching Artist, Music Therapy, Saxophone
Wills Mckenna received his music training from both the Eastman School of Music and the New England Conservatory, where he studied jazz saxophone. He holds a master’s degree in creative arts therapy with a music therapy emphasis at Nazareth College. He has been a board-certified music therapist since 2015 and a professional saxophonist in the Chicago area since 2013. He worked at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago as a music therapy intern, and later as a board-certified music therapist, in acute care. In addition to his work at Chicago Center for Music Education, Wills works part-time at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (formerly Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago), where he provides music therapy services for patients undergoing physical and neurological rehabilitation. Wills regularly performs as a jazz saxophonist in the Chicago area, often playing originally composed music, and has performed in cities across the country. Wills is also passionate about playing guitar, especially in his work as a music therapist. His current interests include incorporating improvisation, neurologic music therapy, songwriting/composing with music technology, and wind instrument playing into his therapy and teaching.