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 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. 

Nancy Bello - Music Instructor - Elmer, NJ

Nancy has her Bachelor’s Degree in Music and has been teaching privately for over 30 years. She has
taught age ranges from four to 80 years old in both group/school/private lessons. She has taught most
band instruments, piano and French horn. She has extensive experience working with special needs
students of varying degrees. She currently is the Director of Music for The Off Broad Street Players at
The Levoy Theatre in Millville where she conducts and plays in the pit orchestras. She is currently a
member of The Congress Street Brass Band, The Wind Symphony of Southern New Jersey and is a
freelance musician for various organizations throughout South Jersey.

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Christina Eisenreich - MUSIC THERAPY, voice, PIANO, GUITAR, ukulele, french horn - 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 Therapist, 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.

Christine Hillman - Art Therapy -   west deptford, NJ

As an art therapist, Christine is dedicated to supporting clients through the processes of empowerment and self-discovery. Christine holds a BA in Special Education from Rowan University and a MA in Art Therapy and Counseling from Drexel University.  As a former educator, she has an extensive background working with children in both public and private school settings. As an art therapist, she also has clinical experience working with adults.  She has a special focus in working with trauma survivors and adults in psychiatric settings. Christine is an LGBTQIA-friendly therapist as well a parent who understands the daily challenges that come with raising children. Christine will help you learn to use the creative process, in its many forms, to set and achieve your specific therapeutic goals.


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.

Julie Kowalski - Art THerapist - Woodbury Heights, NJ

Julie firmly believes that one can thrive to achieve their therapeutic goals through the creative process. She aims to provide a supportive and creative environment where together, with the process of making art and integrative therapeutic approaches, individuals can establish a voice to communicate, explore themselves and other topics, develop confidence, gain a sense of hope and take steps to progress toward what they desire. She received her masters degree in Creative Arts Therapy, specializing in Art Therapy from Nazareth College, and holds a bachelors degrees in Art Therapy from Marywood University. Julie’s clinical experience primarily focused on the acute psychiatric population where she provided art therapy within the Rochester Psychiatric Center to adults and geriatrics. Additionally, Julie has a background of working with individuals with disabilities, adults with neurological disorders, and children. 

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Jimmy Mannix - Guitar Instructor - sEwell, NJ

Jimmy has been playing guitar for over 50 years. He started playing in dance bands in high school and never stopped. Although music hasn’t always been his sole profession, he has never stopped playing professionally or otherwise. He has been taught formally by noted jazz instructor/authorJohn Mehegan, as well as local phenoms Scott McGill, Shawn Christy, and Reggie Wu. Jimmy has taught guitar instruction out of his Medford Lakes home for a number of years as well as for Palese Music Sudios in Marlton and Shamong. He still performs, playing acoustic guitar and singing doing solo and duo performances under his name, and with a 4 piece band, Skippy’s Toy. 

Matthew Murphy - Guitar Instructor - Glassboro, NJ

Matt Murphy is a Philly based Jazz Guitar player who has been gigging in the south jersey scene for 6 years. He is currently a student of jazz studies at Rowan University along with working with local high schools with theatre pit productions.



Adam Nuzzi - Percussion, Voice Instructor - New Brunswick, NJ

Adam Nuzzi is a junior BM Music Education major at Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts.  He has studied percussion privately since 2013 and has studied with several New York Philharmonic percussionists.  He also sings with the Rutgers Glee Club and has studied classical voice for one year.  Adam has extensive experience in the local musical theater and orchestral scene.  His most recent experiences include drums on Smokey Joe’s Cafe and percussion on Oliver! The Musical.  Adam has teaching experience as the front ensemble director with the East Brunswick High school Marching Band.  Lastly, Adam hopes to pursue a career in teaching beginning band at the elementary school level.


Mel Passler - Strings, Ukulele, Clarinet, Trumpet, Piano Instrcutor - Wayne, NJ

Mel has been teaching privately for 10 years now, focusing mostly on the stringed instruments. They received their BA in Music from Syracuse University and MBA in Music Management from William Paterson University and is in the process of pursuing their PhD in Ethnomusicological Pedagogy. Mel is a member of the Livingston Symphony Orchestra and William Paterson University Orchestra as a violist, and they regularly play in various pit orchestras throughout New Jersey. Most recently, they’ve played violin in “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Les Miserables,” and “Hairspray.” Mel also specializes in Brazilian percussion, having been a member of Samba Laranja and Samba New York.

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.

Sheila Shidnia, MT-BC - Music Therapy - South Orange, NJ

Sheila is a board certified music therapist, with undergraduate degrees in classical piano performance and recording technology. She is currently completing a graduate degree in music therapy at Montclair State University, to be conferred January 2019. Sheila’s clinical internship was at Mount Sinai, Kravis Children’s Hospital, where she worked with children, young adults, and their families, providing individual and group therapy to alleviate symptoms resulting from acute trauma. She has also worked with children and young adults with varying neurodevelopmental abilities, and populations considered “most fragile” due to unemployment, illness, drug addiction, and life crisis. With an approach based on humanistic theory, Sheila believes that music can help clients identify their potential in therapy and in daily life. 


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 - flute, piccolo, Piano - 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.


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