MEET THE TEAM
The Muzique team consists of Board-Certified Music Therapists and qualified music instructors!
Karly muzalier, MT-BC- founder, music therapist- Lindenwold, NJ
Karly is the Lead Therapist and Founder of Muzique. She has her Bachelor's Degree in Music Therapy from Immaculata University and is a Board Certified Music Therapist. Karly has experience working with many populations including individuals with disabilities, seniors with Alzheimer’s and Dementia, individuals with severe behavioral concerns, groups and individuals in support programs, and inclusive groups. Creative music and arts has always been a passion for Karly and she aspires to create a program that allows everyone to experience creative arts in their own way as well as provide work for therapists and instructors in need of additional opportunities.
Charly muzalier- Co-founder, AdvisOr- Lindenwold, NJ
Charly is the co-founder of Muzique and also a chief advisor to the company. He has a background in financing and accounting. He is a professional music producer and has produced for many local well-known artists. His passion and goal with Muzique is to help others in all ways possible and to watch therapists, instructors, and clients succeed and thrive through the creative arts.
Jesse Appel, MT-BC – Music Therapy – Abington, PA
Jesse is a board-certified music therapist based in Abington, PA. He has a bachelor’s of music therapy from Elizabethtown College. Jesse has been fortunate to have a wide variety of both clinical music therapy experiences and music performance/composition opportunities. He completed an internship in the psychiatric setting focusing primarily on older adults with schizophrenia, and has continued to work with older adults in dementia-focused communities at long term care facilities. His clinical experiences however extend to children in the medical setting, children with various developmental disorders such as Down syndrome and autism, and children in the psychiatric setting with behavioral diagnoses; ranging in ages from three years old to teenagers. He values a person-centered and eclectic approach, constantly assessing what the client needs in the moment and remaining highly flexible in the session to reflect the client’s needs. Jesse is additionally an experienced harpist and percussionist, performing throughout the Philadelphia area.
Jesse Asch-Ortiz, MS, MT-BC - Music Therapy - Cliffside, NJ
Jesse Asch-Ortiz, MS, MT-BC, is a professionally credentialed, board-certified music therapist. Jesse received his Bachelors of Music in Music Therapy from Temple University and his Masters of Science in Music Therapy from Molloy College. Jesse has also completed post-graduate training in Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy, specializing in techniques and philosophies of clinical improvisation and music-centered approaches. He has presented internationally on work within music-centered music therapy and the DIRFloortime® models. Jesse works with children to adults with varying developmental, social-emotional, and mental health challenges, as means to allowing individuals greater access to health and wellness, engagement with social interactions and life processes.
Danielle Barbera, MT-BC - Music Therapy- Morris County, NJ
Danielle completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Therapy with a Concentration in Voice at Montclair State University. She completed her clinical internship at Hudson Valley Hospice in Poughkeepsie, New York, providing one-on-one care to patients with life limiting illness in contracted nursing facilities, hospitals, and home care. She has experience with several populations including older adults with Alzheimer’s/dementia, children with developmental disabilities, adults in psychiatric settings, and adults with neurological disorders and physical disabilities. Danielle’s work embraces the effectiveness music has holistically on our emotional, psychological, and physiological wellbeing. Danielle is currently working on her Masters degree in Music Therapy at Montclair State University.
Christina Eisenreich - MUSIC THERAPY - woodbury, NJ
Christina Eisenreich has her Bachelor's Degree in Music Therapy from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania. She has been teaching music lessons for 7 years and specializes in adaptive lessons. Christina has taught most band instruments and specializes in singing and playing the piano, guitar, ukulele, and french horn. Christina has worked with children through older adults and is excited to join the Muzique team.
Emily Yoder Frantz, MMT, MT-BC – Music Therapy, Womelsdorf, PA
Emily is a Board-Certified music therapist who received her Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy and Oboe Performance (1996) and her Masters in Music Therapy from Temple University (2002.) She joined the faculty of Elizabethtown College as a clinical supervisor in 1999, began teaching courses in 2011, and became Oboe Instructor in 2016. She worked for many years at a facility for adolescents with trauma and delinquency issues and currently has a small music therapy practice for children and adults with varying needs and abilities. Her passion is using music to connect with others.
kim Gallagher, MT-BC - Music Therapy - Bergen County, NJ
Kim Gallagher is a Board Certified Music Therapist in Bergen County, New Jersey. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Therapy at Montclair State University, where she is currently completing requirements for her Masters degree in Music Therapy. Her primary instrument of study is clarinet, and she has over ten years of experience playing the piano. She completed her clinical internship at The Center for Discovery in Harris, New York, where she specialized in Nordoff-Robbins Creative Music Therapy with children, teens, and adults with various physical and developmental disabilities. Kim currently works for the therapeutic recreation department at Waveny LifeCare Network in Connecticut, where she facilitates group music therapy with adults with dementia.
Erica Gibbons, MT-BC - Music Therapy - Passaic County, NJ
Erica Gibbons is a Board-Certified Music Therapist in Passaic County, New Jersey. She obtained her B.A. in Music Therapy from Montclair State University with a minor in Psychology and a Concentration in Voice. She is currently working towards her Master of Social Work at Rutgers University. She completed her clinical internship at Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care of Massachusetts. Erica is currently working at Serenity Hospice Care as a music therapist. She has experience with several populations including older adults with Alzheimer’s/dementia, children with developmental disabilities, and adults in psychiatric settings. She is also a trained Music Together teacher. Erica is excited to be a part of Muzique’s team!
Kimberly Lyday, MA, MT-BC - Music Therapy- Donwingtown, PA
Kim is a masters level board-certified music therapist and a certified transformation coach. She obtained her masters degree in music therapy from Immaculata University, and holds bachelors degrees in psychology and creative arts in therapy from Russell Sage College. She continues to study neurological methods of music therapy, and neuro-linguistic programming. Her expertise is working with adults who have neurological disorders and physical disabilities, and has experience working with teenagers on the autism spectrum.
Tim Schwerdt - Music Therapy - Parsippany, NJ
Tim is a Multi-instrumentalist who holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Therapy and Audio Engineering from Berklee College of Music. He takes pride in his ability to integrate his dynamic collegiate education into his instructional pedagogy and clinical presence. As an undergraduate engineer and producer, Tim had the opportunity to work with musicians from all over the world within genres from many cultures. As a clinician, he has worked with many populations of individuals such the developmentally disabled, geriatric, homeless, and terminally ill. He has been given many opportunities to integrate his musical preferences in clinical settings to create fun and exciting interventions that parallel his positive attitude. Tim has learned many life lessons both inside and outside of music from mentors and peers on an international scale and he looks forward to sharing his wisdom with his clients, students, and friends.
Stephenie Sofield, MT-BC - Music Therapy - Somers Point, NJ
Stephenie Sofield is a Board-Certified Music Therapist in Atlantic County, New Jersey. She completed her clinical internship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, where she specialized in acute psychiatric music therapy across the lifespan, as well as pediatric music therapy. Stephenie also works at the Atlantic County Women’s Center, where she treats child witnesses of domestic violence. She is an active advocate for trauma victims in the field and community, and has presented on her work at conferences in both the Great Lakes and Mid-Atlantic Regions. In addition, Stephenie has clinical training and experience with several other populations, including Autism Spectrum Disorder, developmental and intellectual disabilities, geriatric and Alzheimer's/Dementia, and medical/pediatric. Stephenie has presented on music therapy ethics and advocacy for clients with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Stephenie is currently completing her Master’s in Music Therapy through Ohio University.
Sarah Troutman - Qualified Adapted Lessons Instructor - Stratford, NJ
Sarah began teaching flute/piccolo lessons back in 2007. Since then, Sarah has had a steady studio; students ranging high in chair seatings at school, top placements in All South Jersey Band, Music scholarships, preparing for college auditions and more. Sarah is the founder/director of a sixteen piece Flute Choir since 2010, as well as a freelance pit musician and a quartet member of Flutes4 who performs all over the tri-state area. Sarah has a music education background from Temple University, where Sarah served as principal flute/picc in Temple’s Symphonic Band, section leader of Temple’s Diamond Marching Band, Basketball Band and played multiple instruments in Collegiate Band. Sarah has served as a member of All South Jersey region bands and TCNJ Honors Bands as well.