Music and Community Health: A Special Convening

Friday, October 26, 2018
9:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

This initiative aimed to gather foundational information on music and health-centered programs that incorporate active music experiences to impact overall quality of life in our communities, including identifying programs and the health-related outcomes being addressed within these programs, as well as identifying the resources to ensure sustainability outside of structured individual and group experiences, and whether this would be done through the process of trained community musicians, music therapists, and advocates or through technological advances. 


9:30 a.m. Welcome

Joy Allen, Ph.D., MT-BC; Chair, Music Therapy Department; Acting Director, Berklee Music and Health Institute

9:45 a.m. Music and the Brain: The Cerebral Processing of Music

Phillip L. Pearl, M.D.; Director of Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology, Boston Children's Hospital; William G. Lennox Chair and Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School

10:15​ a.m. Music and Community Health Freestyle: Roundtable Discussions 

  • Impact: the number of individuals served through programs in identified communities; what communities are being served
  • Effectiveness on an individual’s overall health and wellbeing
  • Sustainability: ability to sustain benefits outside of structured experiences for longterm personal and community growth through the use of trained community musicians and/or advances in technology
  • Replication: ability to foster continued problem solving, shared resources, and cross-disciplinary alliances with community partners


Morgan Beckford, Chief Programming Officer, Community Music Center of Boston

Derek Beckvold, Cofounder and Director, Teach to Learn

Aline Benoit, Music as a Healing Art Initiative Mind/Body and Teaching Artist Programs, Longy School of Music, Bard College

Rhoda Bernard, Managing Director, Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs

Kayla Daly, Founder and Clinical Director, Worcester Center for Expressive Therapies

Missy Ducharme, Volunteer, Musicians on Call

Carrie Eldridge-Dickson, Managing Director, Shelter Music Boston

Maggie Gorrill, Associate Professor of Dance, Boston Conservatory at Berklee

Samantha Hale, Music Therapist; Youth Advocate, Center for Teen Empowerment

John Hazilla, Professor of Percussion, Berklee College of Music

Doug Johnson, Associate Professor of Piano, Berklee College of Music

Bob Jordan, Cofounder and Director, Teach to Learn

Roberta Kirn, Founder, Be Well Sings

Eve Montague, Director of Creative Arts Therapies, South Shore Conservatory

Patrice Perez, Assistant Professor of Music Therapy, Berklee College of Music

Brenda Ross, Manager, Berklee Music Therapy Institute

Jens Rybo, Executive Director, TuneFoolery

Kevin Sheehan, Executive Director, Hope Collaborative

Kristen Snyder, Assistant Director, Berklee Career Services

Moses Fernandez Via, Founding Director, Arts Lab at the Med Campus, Boston University School of Medicine

Karen Wacks, Professor of Music Therapy, Berklee College of Music

Annette Whitehead-Pleaux, Assistant Professor of Music Therapy, Berklee College of Music

Basel Zayed, Director of Expressive Therapies, Sherrill House