Intersection of Music and Mental Health: Adolescents and Young Adults

Music and Health Exchange 


Intersection of Music and Mental Health: Adolescents and Young Adults 

Thursday, July 28, 2022

The number of adolescents and young adults reporting poor mental health
has drastically increased, impacting education, safety, and futures. Music
based experiences are an engaging, motivating and affirmative process that
improves mental health outcomes and experiences. From personal listening
to structured therapeutic programs, music experiences support adolescents
and young adults to:

  • connect with and regulate their emotions
  • build and sustain positive relationships
  • develop positive coping resources and strategies
  • improve their educational engagement and outcomes
  • explore and expand self-concept and identity

The Berklee Music and Health Institute hosted a conversation with medical professionals, practitioners, and musicians to explore the intersection of music and mental health with a focus on the arts as a viable tool for improving adolescent and youth mental health.


10:00 a.m. Welcome/Opening Remarks 

Portrait of Joy Allen

Joy Allen, Chair, Music Therapy Department; Acting Director,

Berklee Music and Health Institute





10:20 a.m. Keynote Speakers  

Dr. Susan Magsamen

Susan Magsamen, Founder and Executive Director, International Arts + Mind Lab





Christopher Bailey

Christopher Bailey, Arts and Health Lead, World Health Organization 






11:15 a.m. Adolescent and Young Adult Mental Health: It’s on All of Us            

Fairlee Fabrett

Fairlee Fabrett, PhD, Simches Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, McLean Hospital






11:40 a.m. Deconstructing Whiteness in College Mental Health Care: How can music-


based experiences create equitable access to care?

Jeff Klug, PhD, Dean, Health and Wellness, Berklee College of Music






12:00 p.m. Lunch


12:45 p.m. Musical Performance by Oompa    

Nationally acclaimed, Boston-born, poet, rapper, and educator, who is forever representing the queer, black, orphaned, hood kids n’ them 


1:30 p.m. Navigating Intersections of Trauma and Grief in Music Therapy Bereavement Support for Adolescents


Kate Myers-Coffman, PhD, MT-BC, Assistant Professor, Molloy University Music Department





1:55 p.m. The Joy of Collective Music: Community Music Therapy to Support Student Mental Health

Cynthia Koskela

Cynthia Pimentel Koskela, M.Ed., MT-BC, Clinical Director, Center for Music Therapy



Delia Duran-Clark


Delia Durán-Clark MSW, M.Ed., Principal, Esperanza Academy




2:15 p.m. Music Therapy for Social Emotional Learning in Youth from Historically Marginalized Groups 


Natasha Thomas, PhD, MT-BC, Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI)






2:40 p.m. Hope and Resilience: Music Therapy for Adolescents with Psychiatric



Juan Pedro Zambonini, MMT, MT-BC, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia







3:00 p.m. Therapeutic Music Production: Creating Sonic Spaces for Mental Health


Michael Viega, PhD, LCAT, MT-BC, Montclair State University



3:20 p.m. Roundtable Discussion

3:55 p.m. Wrap Up

4:15 p.m. Reception at Loft