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, board certified 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.

About Our Program
For 25 years, the Music Therapy Institute has 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. The Institute provides services onsite at the Music Conservatory of Westchester as well as throughout the county through the Institute’s Outreach program.

All of the music therapy faculty are Board Certified, hold masters or doctoral degrees in music therapy and are professional members of the American Music Therapy Association.

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
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. Skilled therapists use piano, guitar, percussion and voice to facilitate meaningful musical experiences. Sessions of 30 or 45 minutes are available Monday through Saturday as scheduled by the Director of Onsite Services.
Fee: $1,264 (30-minute session) or $1,585 (45-minute session) for 16-week semester - $50 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: $1,264 (30-minute session) or $1,585 (45-minute session) for 16-week semester

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

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 may be asked to participate as well.
Day and time to be arranged
Fee: $590 for 16-week semester - $25 registration fee per year

Outreach Program
The Institute’s outreach program provides group and individual music therapy for children and adults in special education programs, 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.

The Music Therapy Institute has partnerships with the following agencies: Julia Dyckman Andrus Memorial Inc., Bedford CSD, BOCES of Southern Westchester, Cardinal McCloskey Services, Cerebral Palsy of Westchester, Community Based Services, Department of Community Mental Health, Family Services of Westchester, Ferncliff Manor, Greenburgh Central No. 7, Hudson Valley DDSO, Irvington UFSD, St. Mary’s Hospital for Children, Stepping Stones at the Lois Bronz Children’s Center, The Sunshine Children’s Home, Westchester ARC, Westchester Community Opportunity Program Inc., White Plains Public Schools, Yorktown CSD, Jewish Home Lifecare Sarah Neuman Center, Eastchester UFSD, Pleasantville UFSD.

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

“It’s such a well organized program. The staff is amazing; they are so professional and well trained. Their experience with special needs children is very deep and they really know how to connect with your child in a way that affects them on so many levels.”
–Michelle Brady, MTI parent
“The people that are here have respect for the children and see the strengths of every child.” 
–Teva Ingrassia, MTI parent

Also see: Benefits of Music Therapy and Music Therapy FAQ's
Music Conservatory of Westchester • 216 Central Avenue, White Plains, NY 10606
914.761.3900 •
Music Conservatory of Westchester • 216 Central Avenue, White Plains, NY 10606
914.761.3900 •
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