Music Therapy Faculty

Phyllis Bethel, MA, MT-BC
Music Therapy
Phyllis Bethel, MA, MT-BC
Music Therapy

Music Therapy Division: Music Therapy

Degrees and Studies: BA, Wesleyan University; MA, Music Therapy, NYU

Music Conservatory of Westchester: Faculty since 2000

Provides individual and group music therapy onsite and outreach.

Born in: Harlem, NY

Distinctions: Over 23 years of experience as a music therapist working with special needs individuals. Studied with various noted African and Latin percussionists before settling at the world-renowned Harbor School of the Performing Arts in East Harlem, New York. During her tenure there, she studied at the National School of Modern Dance and Folklore in Havana. She performed with several Afro-Cuban, Afro-Caribbean, and African folkloric groups, including Women of the Calabash, Retumba Con Pie, Obini Aché, and Riské. She founded the internationally known women’s percussion and vocal ensemble ASÉ which was the first group to record women playing bata drums. She has also recorded with Paul Simon (producer) on Edie Brickell’s “Picture Perfect Morning.” She is versed in pop, rock, gospel, and percussive styles and finds accompanying vocalists and instrumentalists some of the most rewarding creative endeavors.

Teaching Philosophy: “I believe it is a privilege and an honor to work with special needs individuals. This work has provided some of the richest learning experiences in my professional life.”

Dr. Tina Brescia, MT-BC, LCAT
Music Therapy
Dr. Tina Brescia, MT-BC, LCAT
Music Therapy

Music Therapy Division: Music Therapy Institute Director of Onsite Services

Degrees and Studies: BS Music Education, Skidmore College; MA, Music Therapy, NYU; DA, Music Therapy, NYU

Music Conservatory of Westchester: Faculty since 2001

Music Therapy Institute Director of Onsite Services 

Provides individual and group music therapy onsite and outreach.

Born in: Rockville, CT
Distinctions: Over 32 years of experience in the field of music therapy including work in hospital settings & schools. 2005 published a study in the monograph series: Qualitative Inquiries in Music Therapy, Vol. 2.; She has been an adjunct member of the NYU Music Therapy faculty since 1996 and enjoys her role as a teacher and clinical supervisor to master’s students during their training process.
Teaching Philosophy: “I believe that music should be accessible to all those who want to enjoy this creative means of expression. It is through the act of listening intently and without judgment to everything that an individual brings to us through their physical and emotional expression that we as music therapists can build a world of music with those individuals where growth and change can occur.”
Angeline Brown, MMT, MT-BC
Music Therapy
Angeline Brown, MMT, MT-BC
Music Therapy

Music Therapy Division: Music Therapy

Degrees and Studies: BA, Music Binghamton University, MMT, Music Therapy, Temple University

Music Conservatory of Westchester: Faculty since 2001

Provides individual and group music therapy onsite and outreach.

Born in: Manhattan, NY

Distinctions: Angeline works extensively as a pianist and Music Director for several community theaters in New York and Connecticut

Teaching Philosophy: “I believe that music is truly universal – it is a wonderful medium through which change and growth can happen. I encourage all of my clients to freely express themselves musically; I act as a musical guide as I address physical/cognitive/emotional goals. It is truly an amazing process to witness.”

Juliana D’Abbraccio MM, MT-BC
Music Therapy
Juliana D’Abbraccio MM, MT-BC
Music Therapy

Music Therapy Division: Music Therapy

Degrees and Studies: BS Music Therapy State University of New York College of Fredonia; MM Music Therapy State University of New York College of Fredonia

Music Conservatory of Westchester: Faculty since 2017

Peter Davis, MS, MT-BC, LCAT
Music Therapy
Peter Davis, MS, MT-BC, LCAT
Music Therapy

Music Therapy Division: Music Therapy

Degrees and Studies: BA, SUNY, Empire State College; MS in Music Therapy, Molloy College

Music Conservatory of Westchester: Faculty since 2013

Provides individual and group music therapy onsite and outreach.

Born in: New York, NY

Distinctions: Original recordings: “Radio Imagination!” &” Brand New Lullabyes and Love Songs, Vol. I”; Publication:

Philosophy: “I approach my work with the goal of meeting each individual’s needs while focusing on the joy of being in and making music. By presenting a program of preferred music/songs, each client is motivated to spontaneously and purposefully engage in music in their own unique way. Thus, engagement and positive responses stem from the individual’s inherent desire to participate in music. Put simply, my clients join in the music because they want to. They are motivated, inspired, and moved to do so. I “open the door,” and invite each individual to join me in making music.”

Jasper Lewis, MT-BC
Music Therapy
Jasper Lewis, MT-BC
Music Therapy

Music Therapy Division: Music Therapy

Degrees and Studies: BA in Sound Recording Technology & Jazz Guitar Performance, Duquesne University; MS in Music Therapy, Molloy College

Born in: Manhattan, NY

Music Conservatory of Westchester: Faculty since 2019

Provides individual and group music therapy onsite and outreach.

Distinctions: Jasper has released several albums of original music.  Jasper has performed with many independent artists and singer-songwriters in New York City and Pittsburgh as a guitarist and bassist.

Teaching Philosophy: “I use a music-centered and relationship-based approach to build communication and self-expression skills.  I believe that music can be a way for people of all ages and abilities to uncover new truths about themselves, to build on their resources, or to share their unique experience with others.”

Kat Penyak, MT-BC
Music Therapy
Kat Penyak, MT-BC
Music Therapy

Music Therapy Division: Music Therapy

Degrees and Studies: BM Music Education and Vocal Performance, Ithaca College; MS Music Therapy, Molloy College

Music Conservatory of Westchester: Faculty since 2018

Provides individual and group music therapy onsite and outreach.

Born in: Danbury, CT

Distinctions: Board-Certified Music Therapist; Recently completed her master’s thesis “Connections and Countertransference: Exploring Points of Contact from the Perspective of the Music Therapist.
Philosophy: “It is my belief that every human being has an inherent musical ability. It is through the therapeutic implementation of music that I believe any individual may reach and surpass their clinical goals, and achieve their highest quality of life. My broad skill-set as a clinician as well as a music educator has been beneficial in providing the best care to my clients.”
Lisa Sandagata, MA, MT-BC
Music Therapy
Lisa Sandagata, MA, MT-BC
Music Therapy

Music Therapy Division: Music Therapy Institute Director of Outreach Services

Degrees and Studies: BMus, Manhattanville: MA, Music Therapy, NYU

Music Conservatory of Westchester: Faculty since 1988

Music Therapy Institute Director of Outreach Services

Provides individual and group music therapy onsite and outreach.

Born in: New Haven, CT

Distinctions: Over 30 years of experience working as a music therapist with special needs individuals, Lisa also has extensive experience teaching piano and adapted instruction.

Teaching Philosophy: “I learned early in my musical career that I was inspired and motivated to share music with others, using it as an avenue for connection, growth and change.  I believe in the power of music to affect change.  I believe in the innate musical nature of all individuals. My work involves providing a musical experience that is unique to each individual, helping them connect to themselves and others and helping them reach their highest potential in music and in life, Music is so versatile and so many elements of music can be manipulated. I love welcoming individuals into the music and observing the many different ways one can “be in music”.
Julie Sherwood, MA, MT-BC, LCAT
Music Therapy
Julie Sherwood, MA, MT-BC, LCAT
Music Therapy

Music Therapy Division: Music Therapy

Degrees and Studies: BFA Music Theater, The New School, NY, NY; MA in Music Therapy, NYU

Music Conservatory of Westchester: Faculty since 2013

Provides individual and group music therapy onsite and outreach.

Born in: New Orleans, LA

Distinctions: Has specialty training and experience working with trauma, anxiety, and PTSD. Teaches continuing education courses for board-certified music therapists. Provides music therapy presentations in medical and psychiatric settings. Has experience as a clinical music therapy supervisor. Has more than 26 years of experience teaching voice and piano lessons, music directing theatrical productions, and performing professionally.

Teaching Philosophy: “I believe passionately in a strengths-based approach to music therapy. This means collaborating with each participant to explore and celebrate their unique strengths and abilities and promote a greater sense of empowerment and self-appreciation. I believe creative expression is inherently therapeutic, and music therapy has the power to help each of us experience more joy, tranquility, and satisfaction.”

Donald Stevens, MA
Music Therapy
Donald Stevens, MA
Music Therapy

Music Therapy Division: Music Therapy

Degrees and Studies: BA – Music, Southern Connecticut State University; MA- Music Therapy, NYU

Music Conservatory of Westchester: Faculty since 2011

Provides individual and group music therapy onsite and outreach.