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About the Music Therapy Institute

Since 1986, the Music Therapy Institute (MTI) has been the largest provider of professional music therapy services in the greater Westchester two girls playing bongosregion, working individually and in small groups with over 2,000 children and adults each year. The Institute provides services onsite at the Music Conservatory of Westchester as well as throughout the county through the Institute’s Outreach program.

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 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, MT-BC, Director of Outreach Services
(914) 761-3900 ext. 138,

Onsite Program

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Individual and group music therapy sessions are offered by knowledgeable, warm and caring music therapists for people of all ages at the Conservatory’s fully accessible facility. The session rooms are equipped with one-way mirrors that allow family members and care givers to observe sessions in progress. The director of Onsite Services will arrange an initial interview and evaluation at no cost. Need-based tuition assistance is available upon request.

For more information, contact Dr. Tina Brescia, MT-BC, LCAT, Director of Onsite Services, at (914) 761-3900, ext. 134; e-mail

Individual Music Therapy

Individualized programs are designed to engage the creative aspects of each participant in an interactive process as they play, sing and move to improvised and familiar music building on strengths and addressing areas of need. Skilled therapists use piano, guitar, percussion and voice to facilitate meaningful musical experiences. Sessions of 30 or 45 minutes are available as scheduled by the Director of Onsite Services.

Fee: $1,408 (30-minute session), $1,760 (45-minute session) or $1,984 (60-minute session) for 16-week semester - $60 registration fee per year

Adapted Instruction

When appropriate, adapted instruction is offered in voice, piano, guitar, and percussion. Music therapists design individualized skill-based programs of instruction for students with special learning needs. Students must have the ability to attend to a task for a minimum of 10 minutes, have developing fine motor skills and an initial desire to learn the instrument.

Fee: $1,408 (30-minute session), $1,760 (45-minute session) or $1,984 (60-minute session) for 16-week semester - $60 registration fee per year

Group Classes/Programs

All participants must meet with the director of Onsite Services for an evaluation before registering for a group program.

DYAD Music Therapy                        

The Music Therapy DYAD is a two-person session that is designed to address the specific needs of each participant while engaging in the social aspects of sharing the experience of music together.

Fee: $784 (30-minute session), $944 (45-minute session) or $1,040 (60-minute session) per person for 16 week semester - $60 registration fee per year

Group Music Therapy

With an emphasis on socialization and expression, children will be engaged in singing, playing instruments and moving to music in groups of up to four of their peers. Parents or caregivers may be asked to participate in groups. All participants must communicate with the Director of Onsite Services to schedule an evaluation before registering for a group program.

Day and time to be arranged
Fee: $656 per person (30-minute session) for 16-week semester - $30 registration fee per year

Healing Our Heroes

Music therapist with veteranOur program – Healing Our Heroes – helps military veterans in the Tri-state area (NY, CT, NJ) who are returning home with a variety of psychological and physical injuries sustained while on active duty. This program, which was established in September 2014, provides music therapy and music instruction to restore, support and improve the physical, emotional, psychological, and neurologic functioning of our veterans, while also improving the quality of life for them and their families. We are working with local Veterans centers and VA hospitals to continuously identify veterans for this program. For more information, contact Dr. Tina Brescia.

Special thanks to Joel Breitkopf, board member and founding sponsor, who provided initial support for this program through The Breitkopf Family Veterans Scholarship Fund.

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Outreach Program

The Institute’s outreach program provides group and individual music therapy programs for children and adults in special education settings, schools, hospitals, nursing homes, senior centers, community mental health facilities, residential treatment facilities, rehabilitation centers, group homes and social service programs. In addition, consultation and professional development are provided to school district music educators working with students with special needs. The Institute’s outreach director works closely with each collaborating partner to create a custom-designed program using participants’ strengths and focusing on identified goal areas.


The Music Therapy Institute has partnerships with agencies and organizations such as: Another Step Inc., BOCES of Southern Westchester, Children's School for Early Development, Hospice of Westchester, Hudson Valley OPWDD, The Kensington Assisted Living Residence, Sarah Neuman Center, Stepping Stones at the Lois Bronz Children’s Center, Westchester ARC and 11 public school districts.

For more information, contact Lisa Sandagata, MA, MT-BC, Director of Outreach Services, at (914) 761-3900, ext. 138; e-mail   

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