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Music Therapy Institute

Music therapy addresses the physical, emotional, social and cognitive well being of children and adults with a wide variety of special needs.

Using the inherent qualities of music, therapists design individualized programs to provide opportunities for social interaction, allow for emotional expression, increase attention, promote growth in motor skills, increase communication skills and alleviate pain and stress.

Music therapy can make a profound difference in the lives of those who participate, encouraging healing, growth, and change.

Our Program

MCW established the Music Therapy Institute (MTI) in 1986, and has proudly been the largest provider of professional music therapy services in the greater Westchester region.

Working individually and in small groups with over 2,000 children and adults each year, MTI provides services onsite at the Music Conservatory of Westchester, as well as throughout the county through the Institute’s Outreach program.

Our Board-Certified therapists all hold masters or doctoral degrees in music therapy.


Dr. Tina Brescia, MT-BC, LCAT, Director of Onsite Services
914-761-3900 ext. 134,

Lisa Sandagata, MA, MT-BC, Director of Outreach Services
914-761-3900 ext. 138,

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