MEET THE TEAM

The Muzique team consists of Board-Certified Music Therapists and qualified music instructors!


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Karly muzalier, MT-BC- founder, music therapist- Lindenwold, NJ

Karly is the CEO and Founder of Muzique. She has her Bachelor's Degree in Music Therapy from Immaculata University and is a Board Certified Music Therapist. 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. She is currently the lead music therapist at Archway Programs Lower School in Atco, N.J. 

 

Jesse Asch, MS, MT-BC - Music Therapy - Cliffside, NJ

Jesse Asch, 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. 

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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.

ASHLEY DORON - MUSIC THERAPY, PIANO, GUITAR - BURLINGTON COUNTY, NJ

Ashley Doron is a Music Therapist in Burlington County, New Jersey. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Therapy from Elizabethtown College. While there, she taught piano lessons to students within the community, and served as the music director for an A cappella group on campus. Ashley completed independent music therapy research on early music programs for children with Down syndrome and presented her findings at the regional music therapy conference. Her primary instrument of study is piano, which she has been playing for over 13 years. After college, she completed her internship at The Ann Storck Center in Florida, where she worked with children and adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Ashley also has experience working with pediatric patients, older adults, and individuals with brain injuries. 

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Alex Dovgala-Carr, MT-BC - Music Therapy, Voice, Piano, Ukulele, Guitar - Philadelphia, PA

Alex Dovgala-Carr is a board-certified music therapist located in Philadelphia, PA. She graduated from Temple. She completed her internship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Alex specializes in supporting adolescents through difficult medical or psychiatric diagnoses, general stress and anxiety. She also has extensive experience working in school settings with developmental populations, including students with cerebral palsy, autism spectrum disorder, global developmental delays, and more. Alex currently volunteers at The Attic, co-leading a therapeutic music group for LGBT youth. She also teaches various instruments at Philly Music Lessons, specializing in adaptive lessons for special needs. Alex’s therapeutic approach generally emphasizes the development of healthy coping skills, self-expression, and alternative communication through music.  

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Ashley evans - dance movement therapist - Voorhees, nj

Ashley Evans, MA, BC-DMT is a Board-Certified Dance/Movement Therapist from Southern New Jersey. She graduated from Drexel University’s Creative Arts in Therapies Graduate Program for Dance/Movement Therapy in 2013. Ashley has worked with children, adults, seniors, and families - assisting both groups and individuals as they navigate a variety of mental, emotional, and psychological needs. She has a deep passion for others to understand how our bodies and minds are connected. Once we begin to understand that connection, we can better begin to understand how to be the healthiest version of ourselves. She views the creative arts as an outlet for self-expression when words are not always enough.

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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.

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GABRIEL GARCIA - Guitar, Piano, Voice Instructor - Medford, NJ

Gabe has his Bachelor's Degree in Music from Rutger's University. He is currently in school to earn his Master's in Music Therapy from Immaculata University. He has been teaching piano, guitar and voice for 6 years at The Groove Room and is currently the lead music personnel at Archway Programs Upper School in Atco, N.J.

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.

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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.

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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.

 

Andrew Nieporent, MT-BC - Music Therapy - Montclair, NJ

Andrew has his Masters Degree in Music Therapy and is a Board Certified Music Therapist.  He has worked with children and adolescents with special needs, in musical capacities and otherwise, for the past twelve of his thirty years.  He has specialized in working with people on the Autistic Spectrum, with his work informed by developmental, individual differences, and relationship-based therapeutic models and the principles of neurodiversity.  He has additional experience with older adults, having done his Culminating Project on therapeutic relationship with residents at Alaris Health and his internship with MJHS Hospice and Palliative Care.  Andrew additionally works at Academy360 Lower School as a paraprofessional, and is also an accomplished songwriter, guitarist, and frequent participant of the local music community in and around his hometowns of Ridgewood and Montclair, New Jersey.

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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.

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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. Stephenie is currently completing her Master’s in Music Therapy through Ohio University.

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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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